Glenlivet in Gaelic translates to ‘valley of the smooth flowing one’. It was Scotland’s first legally licensed distillery and was steeped in controversy from the outset. The founder George Smith famously carried two pistols with him at all times for protection from illegal distilleries that disagreed with him. Those pistols can be seen on display in the distillery to this day.

The brand grew to be a household name and was one of the first to be exported after prohibition ended in the United States. Today the distillery produces over 5.8million litres a year.