Glenlivet offers daily free tours every 20 minutes between 25 March and 25 October - 9.30am (12noon Sun) to 4.30pm.
There's also the Spirit of the Malt tour - £30, must be pre-booked, which includes a tutored tasting of 7 expressions of Glenlivet, and a cask sample drawn in the warehouse.
No photography allowed in the production areas.
In 1822, before most distilleries were licensed, King George IV was so impressed by some illegal Glenlivet that had been provided for him that he is reputed to have asked for it by name. Whether or not this story is true, the government decided to reduce the cost of a license in 1823 to incentivise distilleries to become legal. George Smith was one of some 200 illegal distillers in the area, who became the first to get licensed - not particularly popular with his fellow distillers - so he carried a pair of pistols with him night and day! George's father had been distilling since around 1774 at Upper Drummin farm. George bought and leased other farms including Minmore.
The distillery buildings at Upper Drummin were destroyed by fire in 1858, but George had already started building a new distillery at Minmore - it was renamed The Glenlivet. The distillery remained in the Smith family until sold to Seagram in 1978, though they had merged with Glen Grant (1953) and Longmorn (1970) along the way.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (27 miles), Forres (FOR) (27 miles), Carrbridge (CAG) (29) Keith (KEH) (24) or Aviemore (AVM) (32). Live train times: ELG ,FOR,CAG, KEH, AVM. The preserved Strathspey railway runs to and Broomhill (22) - 3 trips a day, most days in Summer. The preserved Keith & Dufftown railway runs up to 3 trips a day at weekends in summer, some Fridays too & during Speyside Festivals to Dufftown Station (14).
The Glenlivet is 5 miles from Bridge of Avon, near Ballindalloch on the A95 - follow the B9008 to Bridge of Livet, right on to the B9136, cross the bridge then left to the distillery, 13 miles from Dufftown via B9009/B9008 to Bridge of Livet.
Glenlivet's main range is 12yo (40%); 15yo French Oak Reserve (40%); 18yo (43%); 21yo Archive (43%) and 25yo XXV (43%), together with the unchillfiltered 16yo Nadurra (Gaelic for natural) at around 54% - released in batches which vary slightly in strength.
The cask strength Cellar Collection currently comprises 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1980
there are quite a number of independent bottlings of Glenlivet, Gordon & MacPhail release a number of different ages under the George G Smith's Glenlivet name - and they have also bottled a 70yo Glenlivet (45.9%, distilled 1940) - the oldest whisky ever bottled commercially (jointly with the Mortlach that they released the previous year)
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops Slochd (32 miles), Grantown (18), Elgin (27), Forres (27) Aviemore (32)
Ian Bishop Bikes Railway Cottages, Slochd, Carrbridge 01479 841666
Base Camp Bikes 17 The Steading in the Square, Grantown 01479 870050
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Stuarts Cycles & Sports Goods 32 High Street, Forres 01309 672432
Mikes Bikes 5a Myrtlefield, Aviemore 01479 810478
Bothy Bikes 5 Granish Way, Dalfaber, Aviemore 01479 810111
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of The Glenlivet Distillery are available on Flickr.