The new whisky pays homage to the 19th Century smugglers that helped create the brand, which recently overtook Glenfiddich to become the world’s bestselling single malt Scotch whisky.
The Glenlivet Single Cask Auchavaich has been named after a key landmark on the smugglers’ route, which industry pioneers used to evade Government officials.
Vicky Hoey, head of dark spirits at Glenlivet supplier Pernod Ricard UK, told OLN: “One of the first visible landmarks as you leave the distillery, the croft of Auchavaich would have been the starting point for the smugglers to begin the long journey along the route and this isolated landscape has hardly changed since George Smith, The Glenlivet’s founder, first started distilling his whisky all those years ago.”
It was created by master distiller Alan Winchester and features a nose of fruity notes and lively lemon, ripe pears and golden syrup to deliver a smooth and balanced whisky, carrying an abv of 55.7%.
This single cask – an 18-year-old sherry butt – will be exclusively available in the UK from mid-May at an rrp of £200.
Winchester said: “Like all whiskies from The Glenlivet distillery, the new Single Cask Auchavaich gets its character from the remoteness and crystal clear water that the Glenlivet location has given whiskies a unique and distinctive character for almost 200 years.”