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Glenlivet Releases Limited Edition 12 Year Old To Celebrate 200th Anniversary

The Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2024. Promising a year of “celebrations with bold and original innovations and initiatives”, Glenlivet is kicking things off with the release of a limited edition 12 Year Old. 

The Glenlivet 200 Year Anniversary Limited Edition 12 Year Old is available now via The Whisky Exchange for just £51.95

This celebratory whisky was matured in first-fill American oak casks, with tasting notes featuring “ripe pear, coconut shavings, and creamy vanilla” accompanied by “fresh tangerines, pineapple slices, and indulgent crème caramel” on the nose. 

Prior to the creation of this special release, The Glenlivet launched a campaign whereby they invited up-and-coming artists to present their packaging designs, based on the principle of “forever moving forwards”. Studio Berdi in Colombia stood out from the rest, and their winning packaging design features Glenlivet’s founder, George Smith. Smith is surrounded by blooming flowers and the equipment that has made The Glenlivet a forward-thinking distillery led by innovation. 

The Glenlivet has always prided itself on its initiative and has brought new and exciting ideas to the whisky world. One such innovation was the maturation of scotch whisky in Cognac casks, a first for the industry at the time. Perhaps the most interesting project from Glenlivet, in the name of environmental conservation, is the Glenlivet Capsule Collection. The Capsule Collection comprised three single malt whiskies encased in biodegradable capsules made from seaweed, allowing drinkers to pop the scotch into their mouths and enjoy the “glassless cocktails” on offer.


As Glenlivet moves into its 201st year, Jayne Murphy, Chivas Brothers Marketing Director, says: 

“This year is an important landmark anniversary for The Glenlivet as we look back to look forward towards the next 200 years. Since our founder George Smith introduced Speyside single malt whisky to the world in 1824, we’ve been committed to challenging conventions and will continue to craft the future of single malt whisky while setting new and uncharted standards of excellence. We extend a heartfelt invitation to everyone to join us in raising a dram with our celebratory limited-edition 12-Year-Old and we look forward to the celebrations to come throughout the year. Here’s to the next 200 years!”

We can’t help but wonder what else Glenlivet has in store for whisky fans this year. Does the release of a low-age statement and very affordable whisky signal that something far older is yet to come? We will have to wait and see. 

The Glenlivet Distillery, nestled in the valleys of Speyside, has been producing its renowned single malt whisky since 1824. Founder George Smith capitalised on the location’s isolation for distillation, and his innovative use of lantern-like copper pot stills set a standard in whisky craftsmanship. The Glenlivet became the first legal distillery in the area and weathered the post-war period to rise as one of the biggest single malt distilleries globally. 

Images courtesy of The Glenlivet & Pagolin PR

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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