Glayva was first created by wine and whisky merchant Ronald Morrison in 1947. Working in the docks of Leith in Edinburgh, Morrison wanted to create a liqueur that would warm and comfort his loyal customers. Being based in the busy port of Leith, Morrison had access to exotic ingredients from all over the world, such as tangerines, honey and spices which he mixed with Scotch malt whisky. Upon tasting the liquid for the first time, Hector, the warehouseman declared that it was ‘Gle Mhath” which translated from Gaelic means very good. From that point on the liqueur was named Glayva.