View Full Version : Aberlour Glenlivet Question

08-26-2012, 15:11
I got a bottle of Aberlour Glenlivet 10 year SM pre-govt warning at an estate sale. Whet, if any, is the connection to Glenlivet SM Scotch?

ALso does anyone know anything about QE2 SM scotch? I got two bottles if this also.


08-27-2012, 16:33
This is Aberlour whisky made at the Aberlour distillery in the small town of Aberlour in the Speyside region. It is not made at The Glenlivet distillery, a distillery which makes the more popular single malt scotch whisky branded "The Glenlivet." Aberlour stopped using the Glenlivet suffix some years ago. Many whiskies in that region at one time or another used "Glenlivet" in their branding. This is why in all of the marketing for The Glenlivet you so often see a comment about that whisky being the only one that uses the word "The" in its name.

As an aside, the Aberlour distillery is very attractive and the tour is fantastic. Visit if you have the chance.

08-28-2012, 06:22
Glenlivet, as well as being a brand name, is also a place name. It's the glen of the River Livet. The other distilleries who used "Glenlivet" in their name are located in the glen.

Re: QE2 - is it this one?

Bottle says "Morrison Bowmore" which could be Bowmore, Auchentoshan or Glen Garioch. Probably some kind of commemorative bottling for the ocean liner. Maybe it's only sold on board or something?

08-28-2012, 10:52
Hi Smithford

I have to correect you on this one. -glenlivet suffix was used widely amongst the distilleries in what is now known as Speyside, even far away from both the Livet glen and the Glenlivet Estate.

Short story is that the Glenlivet malt was the first distillery from this area to gain fame out in the big world (which wasn't as big back then as now). Other distilleries used the suffix to associate them with the branding (as Jonny Applebury says) and style of Glenlivet

The following distilleries has used the -glenlivet suffix:

Aberlour, Aultmore, Benriach, Benromach, Coleburn, Craigellachie, Dailuaine, Dufftown, Glenburgie, Glendronach, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glen Grant, Glen Keith, Glenlossie, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, Longmorn, Macallan, Miltonduff, Mortlach, Strathisla, Tomatin, Tomintoul

Glendronach and Tomatin are not even in the Speyside region....

Apart from Glenlivet only Braeval and Tamnavulin are in the Livet Glen, and these three and Tomintoul are the four distilleries in the Glenlivet estate.

Today these distilleries don't use the -glenlivet suffix anymore. They really want to promote themself and their own quality. Some independent bottlers, Cadenhead most notable still uses the -glenlivet suffix for some of their bottlings

You can look at it this way : The region Speyside (which is a subregion of Highlands really) is a newer invention. It kinda substituted the area where the distilleries used the suffix -glenlivet to characteriese themselves

more or less


08-29-2012, 07:52
Interesting. I had no idea so many distilleries had used the Glenlivet suffix. I was only aware of the ones who had been using it recently.