Glayva liqueur

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5 011311 779030 >
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Glayva liqueur

Produced by: Whyte & Mackay Ltd
Owned by: Whyte & Mackay
UK distribution by: Whyte & Mackay
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alc./vol: 35%

Proof: 70°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

First created in 1947 by Ronald Morrison, a wine merchant and whisky blender in Leith, then a bustling port providing the then exotic ingredients he used to flavour the Scotch whisky base. These include: Mediterranean tangerines, almonds, honey, cinnamon, star anise and other spices.
Morrison was originally from the Isle of Lewis and employed several Gaelic speakers and the liqueur's name comes from the Gaelic phrase 'glé mhath', pronounced 'glay-va', and meaning ‘very good’ - said to be the spontaneous comment of the tasters during the original formulation of the liqueur.

The Autumn of 2009 saw Glayva repackaged with a more modern looking black and copper label.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 17/08/2014


Clear, deep coppery amber.


Honey and cinnamon spice with nutmeg, clove, toffee apple and plump raisins.


Lightly sweet velvety palate. Toffee, orange zest and warming cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice, rounded with vanilla and honeyed nuttiness, generously fortified by malty Scotch whisky.


Lingering warming honeyed spice.


The flavours are harmonious and this silky sweet liqueur is easier and less spirity than other perhaps more complex whisky liqueurs.

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