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The Glenlivet & Laila Gohar Celebrate 200 Years With Whisky & A 200-Inch Cake

Credit: The Glenlivet

Continuing its bicentenary celebrations, Speyside distillery The Glenlivet recently hosted a “200th birthday party” in New York with the help of the celebrated artist, Laila Gohar. Gohar, who uses food as her creative medium, crafted a 200-inch long birthday cake for the distillery, slices of which were served alongside The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection

New Yorkers and fans of whisky and food alike joined Gohar and distillery representatives at the Elizabeth Street Garden in Nolita for a night of celebration. The cake, which was the centerpiece of the event, was a vanilla sponge filled with scotch-infused apricot and peach jam. The sweet and fruity flavors emulated those that can be found in The Glenlivet single malt scotch whisky. Drams of The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection made for the perfect pairing. 

Happy 200th Birthday, The Glenlivet!

Laila Gohar’s birthday cake for the distillery. Credit: The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet has exuded a passion for innovation since its founding in 1824. As one of the first legal distilleries to be founded following the 1823 Excise Act, The Glenlivet was a spearhead for growth in the scotch whisky category, thanks to its founder, George Smith. 

200 years later, The Glenlivet is continuing this spirit of innovation with the Fusion Cask Series. The latest installment, the Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask contains scotch whisky that was finished in bespoke casks coopered from specially selected staves from first-fill rum and ex-bourbon barrels. The result is “a harmonious fusion of luscious fruit and caramel-toffee notes.” 

Speaking about The Glenlivet’s commitment to craftsmanship, and the birthday party with Laila Gohar, Johan Radojewski, Vice President Marketing – Scotch, Irish & Prestige Whisk(e)y, Pernod Ricard USA said: “The Glenlivet proudly carries a responsibility for leading this legacy category forward and setting the standard for how single malt Scotch whisky is enjoyed today and in the future. Our commitment to innovation and excellence transcends whisky and expands into culture, which is why we are proud to partner with Laila Gohar, a true original who shares our propensity for redefining codes to join us in marking this milestone moment.”

Laila Gohar added: “I am honored to mark this bicentennial moment with The Glenlivet. As I was preparing for this project, and as someone who has their own business, I found myself thinking about how extraordinary a feat it is to be in business for 200 years. Through my work I always strive to push boundaries, like The Glenlivet has done throughout the past 200 years as they have continued to redefine codes of whisky.”

The Glenlivet x Gohar World 

The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask

Furthering their collaboration, the distillery and Laila Gohar have teamed up to create original candles for Laila’s brand Gohar World. Also available will be a 200th Anniversary Celebration Set called The Glenlivet x Gohar World: Mark the Moment. The set will comprise a bottle of the Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask and scotch glassware from Gohar World, and will be sold exclusively via

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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