Slàinte Mhath to a glug of the good ol’ Glenlivet


Dwelling in the heritage indeed identity of what shapes up as that trademark assertion in Scottish finesse, delivered through that sip of elixir the world swoons over as the very eponymous swirls of a whisky exclusive to its own is a certain wonder as integral to this alcoholic assertion in specificness. Occurring as one of the world’s most popular single malt whiskies, so much so that has earned it the distinction of being the second best selling of its kind globally, is one emergence of rather exceptional nature indeed to warrant this credibility in sales and success. But its isn’t just the superior experience of this immensely exalted craft entailed out of the exquisite legacy of the casks producing the differently striking notes of what essentially characterise the very identity of the singularly assertive dominion of the Scotch that makes the Glenlivet the dignified furtherer of legacy that it is. In the unique taste profile summing up across its robust elements of both aroma and flavor, there is no doubt why the Glenlivet commands the coveted tag of what has forever presented it as being one among the finest of the world. Beyond such physical notions in taste and the appeal indeed of its remarkable residing in the itself distinctive realm of Scotch whisky, the Glenlivet though is no less absorbing an experience in the distinguished history and legacy through which it charted out its journey to universal acclaim.

Aligning so perfectly with the unique appeal accruing to the very definition of what makes the Scotch standout in its own Scot right is the Glenlivet that makes its lineage one that almost exclusively accounts for the entire history of Scotch whisky. Whether that be in its journey through some of the most exciting trails in history or its emergence from a region substantiating of the popularity in coveted universalness, the very name Glenlivet strikes a chord in intoxication that asserts as supreme even in its optimal orientation of alcoholic essence. With an established backstory that has continued to excite and enthral one and all for close to two hundred years in organised setting and venturing even further into the annals of informal history, the unfolding saga of the Glenlivet flows as a smooth sail driving on the back of its infamous initial reputation. Once illegal a gliding force in its whiskeyed creation, entailed out of the geographically favored but lawfully unfavored premise of the picturesque Scottish Highland, the Glenlivet tells a tale of tipsy indeed ‘terror’. Of early 19th century beckonings is this whisky diversely unique in different times through history but perhaps not anytime more distinctive than during its rule still as an illicit trade dwelling even then in a supreme reputation of that kind. With the ‘smuggler of all smugglers’ George Smith at the helm of affairs of this single malted wonder, such was the potency of the Glenlivet in its essence that seamlessly pervaded the supposedly noble rulings of that time. Requested by none other than King George IV himself on his visit to Scotland in 1822 when that dram of dramatic dimension was illegal indeed in all precise terms of intoxication, the Glenlivet took upon itself a dignity that found esteemed unfurling despite its crafting upon not the most conducive of moral premises. As to its stemming in pure distilled perfection though, this had been a beauty not the least surreptitious in its famed perception across all echelons of society.

The Glenlivet had not been the only illegal identity that strived and thrived in the Scotland of the 1800s, particularly the Highlands of it that somehow was yet to make entry into the legal trajectory when it came to whisky crafting. That changed though when the Excise Act of 1823 paved the path for illegal distillers to obtain licenses for a furthering of their trade in as open cleanness as possible. And it was the ensuing effect entailed out of this historic move in the Parliament that the Glenlivet found its rightful ground of brewing somewhere in its namesake region of alluding. Nestled in the Speyside expanse then considered a part of the Scottish Highlands, the Glenlivet Distillery came to be the physical entity that it is today in all prominence, starting out in 1824 when businessman George Smith was one among the first managing to secure a licence for his trade. Persisting till then as a haven tucked away in the remote reaches of the Highland that helped pursue its flowing out of those magnificent caskets of oak in trademark alluding indeed to the very essence of what renders the Scotch so unique in its worldwide identity had been the Glenlivet facility carefully continuing with its crafting in connoisseuring almost leanings. And availing of the sublime supremacy of the sparkling spring water that flowed through the ‘valley of the smooth flowing one’ that Glenlivet occurs as in its Gaelic name had been this original Speyside malt that is what had made itself already so exquisite a sip of divinity to seek out. No wonder that by the very next decade of its inception as a definite legal entity, the Glenlivet Distillery was already rolling out some 200 gallons worth in volume of whisky very much adhering to the long standing demand for its ultimate offering. In fact such has been the popularity that the Glenlivet had come to amass by then that the brand name was used also by others in reference to the more encompassing Speyside style of Scottish whisky. It wasn’t until long thence in 1876 only that the Glenlivet name acquired a trademark under the efforts of John Gordon Smith, the son of founder George Smith who bequeathed the first legally functioning distillery of Speyside upon his father’s death in 1871.

The registration of its trademark might have ushered in an altogether exclusive recognition for the Glenlivet to truly emerge as the unique identity that it is in every bit of its definite nature but it had been this immense reputation of the whisky as being the first to be availed legally out of the glen of the Livet that could have almost jeopardised its own existence along this line. Because when Glenlivet founder Smith started out on his journey of this distinction, he faced threat to his life from other illegal purveyors of the whisky producing trade who did not manage to procure licences of their own. With such claims on his life that threatened to burn him down along with the distillery, Smith continued with his pursuit in Scotch excellence armed with not just the tricks of the trade but also with a pair of flintock pistols to ward off the advances of such extreme elements. And thus he charted out the journey of the single malt in a manner that came to sum up the character of an entire whisky producing region itself of the world renowned Scottish entailing. Of course, the Glenlivet’s eponymous territorial stemming has been what has largely accounted for the profusion of flavours that makes it the ultimate sip in divine intoxication. Deeply set into the mountains and heavily relying on the clean spark of the spring waters as well as on the more than conducive cool environs, deriving more specifically its malt from Speyside and mineral water from Cairngorms National Park, the experience of the Glenlivet is such that makes for an altogether different revelation in asserting the unparalleled worth of Scotch whisky in terms of quality. Delicate and smooth, yet rich and robust is how the Glenlivet offers itself as one of the most exquisite sips entailed out of an endeavor as prominently Scottish as can be. With the very word whisky believed to be of Gaelic etymology, the whole unfurling of this identity in what conjures up a meaning as ‘water of life’ is not encompassed any more brilliantly than what it occurs through as the ultimate eulogy of the one and only ‘The Glenlivet’.

Beyond the geographic eking out of its reputation in distinction, the Glenlivet also lives on as much in its continuing legacy through history on account of its unique production techniques as well. The malted and mashed barley itself is fermented in wooden washbacks over the more common steel ones, lending the whisky its distinctive floral tone even as the two step distillation process occurs along no any less distinctive an expanse in the centuries old living of a tradition. Unique in their lantern shape of copper essence that which strips the whisky of impurities and endows upon it also a lighter flavor profile, this distilled mechanism leads to the as specific mode of its maturing in oak casks so characteristic of the entire Scotch brewing. Stemming thus from every such singular element of definite essence is the Glenlivet that has taken upon itself such dynamic interpretations in distinctiveness time and again that is evocative of the ultimate character in perfection of this famously fruity dram. Whether it be in its humble attribute unfurling in such terms as ‘as mild as mother’s milk’ or the more famous Charles Dickens description of it as the ‘rare old Glenlivet’, this is a malt that has transcended the terrains of time and space when it comes to eliciting indeed the very Scottish sentiment of the slainte mhath toasting in tradition. That literal sounding in a wishing upon the drinker ‘good health’ might not occur to be very aptly fitting with the whys of holding that glass of Scotch whisky as an experience in luxury, whether celebratory or unoccasional, but never any less especial an experience in essence. But consider the embodying characteristics of this sip in the full bodied goodness availed out of the pristine and pure confines of the Speyside scenery from which the Glenlivet makes it way to global prominence and one would sure be swearing upon this cheer in humongous hearty healthiness of what might have been a hooch sometime but is more than significant still in heralding the whole Speyside style of ultimate Scotch heritage.