There was a time, before the stress of modern day air travel,when a journey by passenger train—specifically, in the pampered luxury of a Pullman car—was the most relaxing and civilized way to get from city to city.
In homage to this nostalgic memory of train travel, especially during the post-war years of the 1940s and ’50s, The Glenlivet has introduced their Single Cask Edition Pullman Train Collection, the brand’s first single-cask offering in the United States. It’s also a tribute to the marketing ingenuity of Captain Bill Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet distillery.
With Great Britain’s post-World War II glass shortage, Captain Smith hit upon the idea of producing miniatures of The Glenlivet bottles. Shortly thereafter, Smith and the Pullman executives agreed to make The Glenlivet one of the only Scotch whiskies served by their white-jacketed waiters in the Pullman Company’s club and dining cars. As a result, The Glenlivet miniatures became a convenient and passenger-pleasing way of pouring what became one of the most popular single-malt whiskies in America.
As a tribute to The Glenlivet’s historical Pullman Company ties, three highly distinct single-malt whiskies have been selected by Master Distiller Alan Winchester. Each whisky (in full-size 750 mL bottles) is offered at a non-chill-filtered cask strength and is available exclusively in the United States at select retailers or through caskers.com. Each of the three variations is named after a Pullman connection and, like the Limited passenger trains that originally served The Glenlivet, these collectable bottlings are also “limited.” (caskers.com)