1967 Glenlivet 33 Year Old Cellar Collection
Notes from the producer:
This special bottling has been quietly maturing in oak casks for a wonderful 33 years to produce full, rich fruity aromas balanced with a delicate sweetness. When tasted the fruity flavours are deep and smooth with a rich almond nuttiness and soft sherried sweetness.
Until the early 19th Century, like almost all Scottish distilleries at the time, Glenlivet operated illegally in order to avoid paying exorbitant taxes to the English Crown.
In 1823 the English government significantly lowered taxes on distilleries to discourage their owners from going to such great lengths in order to evade paying them. George Smith, then owner of the Glenlivet, saw the opportunity was a good one and was one of the first to have his distilling licence officially granted in 1824.
Cooperating with the English system of taxation was widely viewed as a scandalous move by Smith's illegal neighbouring distilleries who threatened violence against him and his property. For this reason Smith carried a pair of pistols on his person night and day as a conspicuous yet effective form of self defence from his local rivals. To this day the name George Smith is printed on the labels and the pistols are proudly exhibited at the distillery itself.
An early fan of The Glenlivet happened to be King George IV who allegedly demanded it by name on his state visit in 1822, a good two years before it became legal.
This 1967 bottling is famous for being the first release in the series of limited edition vintages known as the Glenlivet Cellar Collection.
Presented in a solid oak cabinet in good condition for its age.
Originally released in 2000 around the same time that it was acquired by its current owners - French drinks giant Pernod Ricard.
Bottle size: 70cl
Shipped weight: 4kg