It was in November 1824 that George Smith was granted a distiller’s licence for the remote parish of Glenlivet. Within a few months the first legally produced Glenlivet whisky began to flow at the small distillery at Upper Drumin, Scotland. History – and the single malt that started it all – was in the making.
The Glenlivet of today is George Smith’s priceless legacy. George Smith built his distillery close to Josie’s Well, a natural spring that yields thousands of gallons of pure mountain water each day. Crucially, the three fundamental elements in the whisky making process - spring water, copper stills and oak casks - have remained unchanged and the glen’s natural resources, unchanging and inexhaustible, help make The Glenlivet what it is.