The first distillery to take out a licence after the Excise Act of 1823, the distillery was a favourite of King George IV who demanded nothing but Glenlivet during a visit to Edinburgh in 1821 - three years before it was legal! Glenlivet has given its name to the 'longest valley in Scotland', so called after several distilleries laid claim to the Glenlivet suffix to cash in on the distillery's sterling reputation. But only one can call itself The Glenlivet.
It took several generations of the founding Smith family to form the distillery into the huge brand it was to become with Captain Bill Smith Grant taking over the reins after returning from fighting in the First World War. When prohibition was repealed in the USA in 1933, Bill Smith Grant was able to capitalise on the great reputation they had built in the States in earlier years. Glenlivet remains hugely popular both across the pond and at home to this day.
The Cipher was released in a similarly secretive way to the excellent Alpha, with very little information accompanying it. All that was revealed was the fact it is non chill filtered and that it uses a cask makeup never before used by the speyside distillery. Drinkers are invited to share their own tasting notes at cipher.theglenlivet.com and mark themselves against Glenlivet's master distiller, Alan Winchester. Why not have a go yourself?
48% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of 33,000 released