| Glenlivet 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
The Glenlivet is perhaps the best known of all the Scotch single malts. Glenlivet's founder, George Smith, with the encouragement of the Duke of Gordon, was the first to apply for a legal distilling license in 1824. George Smith was going against popular sentiment at the time in doing so, but his foresight to see the economic opportunities of legal distilling would give The Glenlivet a "head start" on all the competition that is yet to be overcome. It would be his "true grit" and a pair of hair-trigger pistols given to him by the laird of Aberlour that would ensure his perserverance.
The Glenlivet exhibits the delicacy and softness that typifies the region's whiskies. And because it is so perfectly balanced, it almost seems that there's something new to discover every time you drink it. A perfectly rich balance of sweetness, floral fragrance and fruitiness that THE Glenlivet develops through more than 12 years of patient ageing in oak casks. The essential ingredients - Pure soft, natural water from Josies's Well and the finest barley and yeast is all you'll find in THE Glenlivet. But it is this magical combination with the timeless skills of the Master Distiller that makes it so special. "Make no mistake, this is one of Speysides definitive malts" - F. Paul Pacult, Kindred Spirits.
Colour: Light, Golden
Nose: Perfectly balanced fruity aroma with delicate floral fragrance and vanilla/honey sweetness
Taste: Classically Speyside, a soft smooth balance of sweet summer fruits and the floral fragrance of spring flowers.
Finish: Lingering and gentle
The distillery was founded in 1824 by George Smith. It was not the first licensed distillery in Scotland: many distilleries such as Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Royal Brackla were founded earlier (see Craig, 1994, p480 for list of Scotch whisky distilleries' foundation dates). The current distillery was built in 1858 at Minmore, near where the rivers Avon and Livet meet. In 1884, the Smiths won exclusive rights to the name The Glenlivet, enabling them to protect their trademark against encroachment by other, lesser quality whiskies.
The whisky originates in the Glen of the Livet, and two other distillers, Tamnavulin and Braeval, are also in the area, with the latter also owned by Pernod. In the Avon valley, the Tomintoul distillery also uses the term "Glenlivet" on its label. The nearest town to the Livet glen is Tomintoul, Scotland, which is approximately ten miles (16 kilometres) south.
In 1977 the distillery was purchased by the North American alcohol giant Seagram, which has heavily promoted it in the American market; it is now the most widely sold single malt Scotch in the USA.
In 1827 James Hogg said of the whisky:
Gie me the real Glenlivet... the human mind never tires o' Glenlivet. If a body could just find oot the exac' proportion and quantity that ought to be drunk every day, and keep to that, I verily trow that he might leeve for ever, without dying at a', and that doctors and kirkyards would go oot o' fashion. (quoted in Cooper 1992)
Hot Spiced Apple Champagne Punch Recipe
3 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
12 oz frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
4 bottles white wine
1 bottle Champagne, chilled
For Ice Ring
8oz pineapple chunks
1 orange, sliced into rounds
4oz maraschino cherries, drained
This definitely makes enough for a large party!
Put the pumpkin pie spice, orange zest and apple juice into a pan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat.
In a large container, mix juice and white wine, and chill overnight. At this same time, make an ice ring out of the fruits, and freeze overnight.
Strain the liquid, and put into a punch bowl. Add in the Champagne. Top with fruit ice ring.