Glenlivet Whisky Distillery was founded in 1824 near Ballindalloch, Banffshire and is the oldest legal distillery in Glenlivet. The Glenlivet Whisky Distillery is described as "The single malt whisky distillery that started it all". The distillery remained open during the Great Depression and closed during World War II. The Glenlivet Whisky Distillery is one of the biggest single malt distilleries; Glenlivet Whisky is the biggest selling single malt whisky in the United States and the second biggest selling single malt whisky globally. Today, the distillery is owned by the French alcoholic beverages company Pernod Ricard and they oversee the distillery's production of 5,900,000 litres per annum. The majority of this – enough for 6 million bottles – is sold as The Glenlivet Single Malt, with the remainder being used in Pernod Ricard's Blended whisky brands.