The Glenlivet is perhaps the best known of all the Scotch single malts. Its founder, George Smith, with the encouragement of the Duke of Gordon, was the first to apply for a legal distilling license in 1824. George Smith was going against popular sentiment at the time in doing so, but his foresight to see the economic opportunities of legal distilling would give The Glenlivet a "head start" on all the competition that is yet to be overcome. It would be his "true grit" and a pair of hair-trigger pistols given to him by the laird of Aberlour that would ensure his perserverance Distilled 1940. This whisky was distilled at The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire, in the Highlands of Scotland on the 3rd February, 1940. The whisky has matured in selected oak casks at the Distillery and more recently at the warehouses of Gordon and Macphail in Elgin. After spending over 50 years in cask it was bottled in the City and Royal Burgh of Elgin.