Refill Hogshead DL 7192. One of 210 bottles.
The Glenlivet is one of the world’s best known distilleries and was founded by George Smith in 1824 near Ballindaloch. The name means ‘Valley of the Livet’, reffering to the river that runs nears the distillery. It was the first distillery in Speyside that started operating under the new law of 1823. Before that time, over 200 illegal stills were operational in the area. Smith had to go armed for years afterwards to protect himself from disgruntled illegal distillers. The Glenlivet exported its whisky to all corners of the British Empire and soon had such a reputation that many other distillers added ‘Glenlivet’ to their names, until George Smith won the right to be the sole distiller to put Glenlivet on its label. Since 2001, The Glenlivet is property of Pernod Ricard and was recently expanded considerably to achieve their goal: becoming the biggest distillery in the world.
Fred Douglas founded the independent bottler Douglas Laing Company in Glasgow in 1948. Today, for more than 25 years already, the company is led by his two sons, Fred and Stewart Laing. Their first product – which is still released today – is a blend called ‘The King of Scots’. But one day, while sampling many casks, the brothers felt some of these were too good to be blended. Since then, Douglas Laing successfully releases a whole range of different malts from stocks built up over the last 50 years. In 1998 the launched their highly praised Old Malt Cask range. The complete range, however, consists of Old & Rare, Director’s Cut, Provenance, The Premier Barrel, Double Barrel, Douglas of Dumlanrig, Clan Denny Aged Grains and Big Peat as well as the blends The King of Scots, John Player Special, The McGibbon Golf Range, Douglas and Douglas XO, Langside and House of Peers.
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