Glenlivet is a special place in Speyside. Translated from Gaelic, the name means ‘valley of the smooth-flowing one’.
George Smith, The Glenlivet’s founder, was a businessman and entrepreneur who didn’t follow the lead of the illegal still owners. In 1824, he obtained a distiller’s licence so he could produce whisky and trade without attracting the attention of government excise men.
In 1876, George filed a request to trademark the name Glenlivet to put an end to the activities of the impostors. After years of legal wrangling, the case was settled. George won the exclusive right to call his whisky ‘THE Glenlivet’, definitively marking it as the single malt that started it all.