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The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

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Founder's Reserve Bottling Note

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing The Glenlivet 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would sit beside it, broadening the entry-level options. Named in tribute to distillery founder George Smith, it's packaged in Georgian blue.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Some dates then what at first appears to be a touch of salinity, but is better described as a slightly sharp plum and apricot wine note. There's orange zest, toffee, hints of struck match and chocolate raisins, but before this starts to sound 'Sherried' there's also pear drops, a dusting of sweet cinnamon, honeysuckle and sweet pea.

Palate: Fruity, then sweet, more toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate Flakes, banoffee pie and apple turnovers.

Finish: Creamy toffee to the fore now, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.

Overall: Perhaps a little sweet, but it would work well with ice where the sweetness would be slightly suppressed - and before you shudder with disgust, Alan Winchester said that he liked his with a little ice sometimes too. And if it's good enough for the Master Distiller...

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Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Reviews

Very pleasant after taste.

It wouldn’t do for everyone to be the same! But I think it’s a very nice Malt , definitely will buy again.

16th November 2020


My first sip I was shocked at how bad it was. I was half tempted to give it away.

I did give it another go a day or two later and it had improved a lot. It's still not good but certainly not as bad as some reviewers are making it out to be. It is watery and overly sweet but it's decent enough. Good for beginners.

9th November 2020

Only an opinion, but here is mine.

Would get zero stars but I don't think it would count towards the average overall rating. Tasted like watered down new make spirit. The nose is a bit pear drops and acetone. The development gives nothing, then leaves a finish of metal and ethanol. This is certainly young, and the cask has added nothing to it. Blandly unpleasant and if I was Glenlivet I wouldn't be proud of this release. Does this put me off considering other Glenlivet releases. Yup.
On the plus side I will be using it to experiment with by either blending it with other whisky or adding maple syrup and some toasted oak in an attempt to improve it.

23rd October 2020

Poor, poor, poor

So bad! Just sugar and alcohol to taste. No whisky flavours at all. Not sure what the good reviews are tasting - it's flavourless.
Many better bottles available for the price, even the blends are better at what this is sold for.

7th October 2020

Good when on sale

Smooth with citrus tones which is quite pleasant.
It's a little on the sweet side so it's better with ice. I found it for $30 but would not pay the $45-$50.

3rd October 2020

best one

Best wiskey

7th September 2020

It’s real bad

Tried on a whim. Didn’t expect greatness but it is bad.... still got a 1/4 left from 2 months ago.

Seems to be heavily marketed for use in cocktails, it’s not a pleasant dram.

1st September 2020

The one and only whisky

The real taste of whisky soft as the summer!

29th August 2020


This whisky is for me better than the 12 years old the smell is excellent full of pineapple and apple together with some honey and vanilla mouth apple and pineapple juice with really malty and some oranges in the after taste i found the finish to be long.

20th August 2020

Er, no thanks. Cheap and not very cheerful.

Miles too sweet, to the point that I struggle to identify any of the other flavours identified in these tasting notes. I really wish these great distilleries would stop producing supposedly more "approachable" versions of their whiskies, they are almost invariably inferior to the originals. I strongly suspect that very little of the whisky in this product is 12 years old, most of it will be much younger. So replacing the 12 year old with this is good economics for the distillery but very bad for the consumer.

16th August 2020

Will come again

Glad to hear that ice is not completely verboten. In the right place it’s a pleasant addition,especially on a hot day.
All in all this whisky is another mellow addition to my malt whisky experience and thanks to Morrison’s I can get for around £25 ! Even better.
David MCS. Penn Bucks

14th August 2020

I like it

This gets a lot of bad reviews because it replaced the Glenlivet 12 year old in Europe (now available again) and many were butt hurt about that, so that probably clouded their opinions.

I’m Scottish, don’t profess to be an expert, but I like this a lot.

Very drinkable straight for the non whisky snob.

24th July 2020

Give it a miss

Probably one of the worst or the only one which was bad .... drink for a long lasting head ache ...

30th June 2020

Great taste

Favourite malt,tasty and mild with nice after notes.Recomend if you are not too keen on peaty whisky.

25th June 2020

Les than mediocre whisky

Insipid, lacking both maturity and complexity. Plus bottled at 40% ABV. This is a poor replacement for the 12-year-old Glenlivet. Disappointing.

18th June 2020

Vanilla at first, then brazil nut and banana

Though a fan of the glenlivet 12yo, the founder reserve gives a completely different experience. This particular whiskey is sweet. Whilst being like vanilla in the initial sip, the aftertaste is woody, the closest take i can think of is a matrimony of brazil nut and banana. Sure, an odd likening but definitely not unpleasant.

28th May 2020

confused by reviews

I see a lot of negative reviews (which are well-argumented), has the taste changed at some point? I loved mine, it was my favourite of the recent whiskeys I've had.

26th May 2020


Some reviews seem to favour blended whiskeys and describe this as a disgrace... single malts to me are well above blended whiskeys in terms of character and flavour in my opinion. As a young whiskey drinker I favour this over most, this is my go to single malt after Penderyn Madeira cask which I favour over any. This is a very smooth whisky with a sweet caramel taste which rolls out to a smooth oaky linger. The nose is a crisp and sharp woody scent. A sweet whisky with no foul aftertastes or burns. I don’t like smokey whiskeys and this one is far from smokey! Give it a try, we’ll worth its money and ahead in taste compared to most commercially available whiskeys.

22nd May 2020

A great drink

A lovely whisky with ice. Probably my favourite tipple

22nd May 2020

Anyone wanting to dispose of leftovers they cannot stomach can gift them to me. It has become one of many go-to singles I purchase on a regular basis.

To all who’ve commented negatively on this whisky, please remember, we all taste things differently. My better half almost tosses her cookies at the taste or smell of cinnamon.
You can’t ignore the three gold and three silver medals awarded GL-FR and the tasters are much more qualified than ANYONE on this site.

17th May 2020

An unfortunate buy

Very harsh. Disappointing. I have never tasted Glenlivet before, pretty sure the others should be decent as otherwise this brand wouldn't be famous.
But this one is bad. Pure tannic acid and ethanol, nothing else. Just like sucking a piece of freshly chopped oak.

16th May 2020

Great for a Party

Pleasant smooth with an aftertaste of ice cream and banana . A party drink that would appeal to the young as well as the conniseur

14th May 2020

I love it

I love this whiskey and am surprised at the harsh reviews on here. I think this is one you have to try and see if it suits your palate. I’ve just bought an 18 yr Glen Dronach and love that, so surely my own palate can’t be that bad !!

14th May 2020

Not my choice

Rubbish, absolute dross, an insult to malt whisky, I'd far prefer Famous Grouse whisky blend.

10th May 2020

Utter crap

Had one glass then poured of the bottle down the pan. On a par with Jameson, no nose, nothing to it apart from alcohol burn. Only good thing was the smell of ethanol for a few minutes, made the Jon smell cleaner Utter waste of £24 (on offer),

5th May 2020

Good for the price👍

I prefer this than blended whiskeys like black label and so on.
I recommend this one to drinkers who enjoy a smooth sweet tangy taste in tongue.
With some ice from the bags you buy at the licors store, not from the freezer and a short glass , walla! enjoy nice Scottish whiskey, nice price $32. Here in USA🇺🇸

If you like something better, pay the price and don't talk shit, every one has a different taste, so respect ✌.

2nd May 2020

Save your money

😬 this tastes like firewater, yes their are notes of this and that if you try hard to look but it’s tough to drink and I won’t be buying again. The question now is what to do with a nearly full bottle of whisky I can’t drink.

30th April 2020

Difficult not to sound as harsh as what I'm almost spitting out!

Really? Is this really 'The Glenlivet', as stated on label and crafty 'Founder's Reserve' packaging?

Harsh. Lacks complexity. The faint nose is enough to make one think one has a severe head cold. This is sweet, salty paint-stripper. Very immature. Alcoholic burn. No depth. No character. So poor in fact, that it is tempting to see if my car will run on it.

I certainly will not be repeating this enormous error. It is an insult to the term 'Single Malt' - and an insult to Glenlivet (which has never been the best, even with its vastly superior 12 year old).

Glenlivet has sold out. I'll not buy another bottle. Goodbye.

22nd April 2020

Disappointing (slight understatement)

Very disappointed; a reflection of my memories of what I thought I was buying. (Note to self: I must remember to check the packaging thoroughly). There is a harshness that almost requires ice - and then allowing it to melt a little. This is not what I expect from a single malt and I will not be buying it again.

22nd April 2020

number one whiskey to drink

brilliant the best every drop a melting moment

2nd April 2020

Founder’s Reserve Boonsfarm

With the tariffs I couldn’t stomach the Macallan 12 Sherry cask at 10 bucks more. Their double cask is still doable and almost got it till I saw this FR for half price. Sorry I left Macallan for this. No character or depth. If you just want an alcohol buzz without the amazing Scotch flavor that develops in your palette then this is it. Like a Founder’s Reserve Boonsfarm.

29th February 2020

Light, smooth....immature and tastes like the cork sealing it

Jesus h christ.... tastes likevthe corknused to seal it.... not good on ice....its a mixing scotch lol

I will say this though....she's SMOOTH!!!

1st February 2020

Changed my mind!

I have to tell you that I don't really care for Scotch Whiskey. Glenlivet Founders Reserve Changed my mind. It is up there with the best Kentucky Bourbon now!

27th January 2020

Ok but a bit mediocre with slight sweetness

As an Islay fan I bought this for a sweeter tipple as I Also like Irish malts.
The nose is delicate to me hardly noticable. Taste is slightly sweet with a bit of fruit then a small burn. Very pleasant with a nice finish that lingers as the sweetness fades. I dont on this occasion agree with MoM notes my nose isnt great but theres little nose on this & not a huge amount of palate flavours.

19th January 2020


Harsh. If this was my first taste of Glenlivet, I would go back to rye whisky. I have been drinking the”real” 12 year old since the 70’s. This reserve should have bee kept “on reserve”.

16th January 2020

Not a bad dram, but not exceptional.

To me this was a chocolate orange in a glass.

5th January 2020

Fine Whiskey for the price

Not sure if you mix it with something, but it's ok alone. Doesn't seem mature yet, but it is a single malt whiskey in the end. Not the best I had, but for the price, it's fine and dandy.

25th December 2019

Easy to drink and very smooth and flavoursome

Received as a present so my first taste. I wouldn't consider myself an whisky expert by any means, but I do know what I like and what I don't like. I'm pleased to say that this whisky is very smooth and easy to drink straight, without the need to add anything whatsoever. I've tried other whiskies at this price, and more expensive, that I personally had to add a splash of lemonade to suit my pallet which would be deemed sacraledge to would be experts.
This Founders Reserve is now my whisky of choice moving forward.
Any newbie to whisky like myself I think would enjoy this flavour and it's smoothness. No need for face squinting when it's on your tongue or on the way down

24th December 2019

The smoothest Blended whiskey i ever had.

The smoothest Blended whiskey i ever had. It has a smooth taste. Goes perfect with some meaty foods. Blends perfectly with ice and some water. Great impact.

24th December 2019

Sad NOS as the Scottish keep watering down their brand.

Sad. So sad. Wasn't a huge fan of the Glenlivet 12y but to replace that with this. It's an insult.

22nd November 2019


soft, thin, light watery, good flavours and taste but little follow through...i don't expect this will continue and things will improve out of necessity, and consequently I continue to buy it from time to packs have the best whisky glasses to hold

17th November 2019

Why would you risk The Glenlivet distillers reputation on this awful product.

Wife went shopping and I found this in my bar when I got home , what a lovely surprise ...... until I opened it , had to doublecheck it was actually whisky , it smelt like wood varnish. Sipped it neat yuch , left it for awhile and tried it with a dash of water , I just can’t see myself finishing this bottle.

11th October 2019

It’s ok

Not bad , not the best. But it’s good for the cost.

12 is still better bottle.

10th October 2019

An easy drinker which is also easy on the pocket

Forget some of the damning reviews of what is actually a delicate and yet tasteful single malt. With freshness on the palate and a back note of heat, for the price point in the market this is aimed at, it’s not to be overlooked.

3rd October 2019

Nice packaging

Seriously? If you're naming something 'Founder's reserve' expectations are justifiably going to be high.
This is really not good.
Just sweet notes and then nothing but alcohol burn.
Usually MoM tasting notes are pretty spot on, but this time it feels like they've just picked random words....

Nice packaging though.

27th September 2019

Good stuff!

Heresy, true, but when stripped of custom involving fruits and noses, walnuts and bumble berries, this is one delightfully smooth sipping malt - especially, if occasionally, (shoot me now), over a little ice.

21st September 2019

Glenlivet Fumbles the Founder's Reserve

Let us begin with the fact that more than a few drams ago, I began my Scotch Malt journey by visiting a bottle of Glenlivet 12. For many years and scotch progressions since, always referring to the flagship 12 as the "Nectar of the Gods". Indeed, Glenlivet 12 was my first true love Malt.
One day while at the Spirits Store, that happened to be "sold out" of my G12, I instead purchased a bottle of Founders Reserve. I was shocked by what I tasted. Too dry and alien to all expectations

6th September 2019

Too Harsh

Normally I’m ok with the “new” NAS versions of established malts some can be surprisingly good (e.g. Dalwhinnie Winters Gold), most are decent if slightly less interesting/complex than the regular 12/10 yo bottlings.

But this is a bit of a shocker to be honest! The regular 12yo is a staple in the cabinet, so I’ve never bought this before. But the 12yo has been out of stock round here and this was on offer so I’ve given it ago - and tasted it twice to be sure.

It is very sweet (almost Cardhu like), not a huge problem, but there’s some rough oak and a quite nasty fiery burn on the finish.

It’s almost more like a poor young Bourbon than a malt - guess the age, I’d be surprised if this is more than 5 or 6.

I am shocked at how rough this is - really shocked.

31st August 2019

Simply immature

I bought it out of curiosity and was disappointed. Is this a ploy to increase profit margin or simply a test to see if we can actually tell the difference between a decent scotch and a lesser one??
Ice is just stupid (must I explain why?) but a splash of water does assist the flavors. Then again you can say that for any single malt, can’t you? I agree with others and say keep it in the cask another ten years and you will have a winner.

26th August 2019

It’s ok

The first glass was harsh then it went down well think it killed me taste bubs

10th August 2019

stay away

This is undoubtedly an immature whisky that thoroughly disappoints. Although sweet on the nose it is harsh on the palate.

6th August 2019

Good, but inferior to the 12 year old

Out here in California this is even more expensive than the 12 year old. The last bottle I had before this was the 12 year old, and this is definitely not as good. The lack of an age statement is disappointing and telling!

21st July 2019

Matured in pilchard casks.

The worst single malt ive tasted. Totally terrible even with Pepsi and lemon x

20th July 2019

Young but very elegant, fruity and sweet.

Nose is elegant with fruity notes like pears, orange and raisins. Palate is sweet and very fruity. No bitterness from the oak cask presumably because of the first use oak barrels as manufacturers state. However there is no age statement so this whisky may be a younger malt one. But overall elegant and beautiful so much the better than most of the 12 year old blended whiskies.

7th July 2019

I love it and want more

This is the smoothest scotch I have ever sipped

2nd July 2019

Not as good as the 12 year old.

It is nothing like the 12 year old. It is an inferior whiskey in taste. Not bad but the 12 year old is much better.

1st July 2019

The worlds worst Single Malt Whisky

No more to add

26th June 2019


Nasty poorly aged whisky . Initial pleasant taste from added flavours which soon fade. Poor , albeit not as bad as Haig Club. The 12yo is one if the best, thank God it is available again! Founders Reserve was a mistake.

17th June 2019

Horrible sickly sweet whiskey

My least favorite whiskey of all the 25+ ive bought. It is sickly sweet in nose and taste and makes me very wary of trying any other Glenlivtes.

7th June 2019


I bought this for only £25, and at that price it is still disappointing.
Initial nose is pleseant enough, fruit and oranges there.
First taste, you get a lot of sweetness.... Then not much besides alcohol.
I'm afraid that this time I don't agree with MoM notes, there's not much going on here and not much to report for the finish either....
Even at £25 there is much better available.
I will definitely not be buying again.

30th May 2019

Hate it.

Crappy, when compared to the 12 Year!
Very harsh, especially if you’re a GL 12 drinker, like me.
Age it longer! Not worth the $6.00 less to drink this paint thinner. I’ll stick to the 12 Year GL. Or, switch to Glenfidich

30th April 2019

Disappointing lacks complexity

i am a little disappointed it is sweetish it is rounded but it lacks in my view the complexity that a founders reserve ought to carry but i might try another one just to prove i am wrong

23rd April 2019

Doesnt compare to the 12 yr old

Its lack of aging is very apparent and it tasted more like a blended Scotch. In a side by side comparison with the 12 year old it left me disappointed. If the 12 yr old becomes unavailable I will probably switch to Glenfiddich

11th April 2019


As a long time Glenlivet fan I find the founders reserve disappointing, tastes like a malt blend not a single. If the 12 year goes away, you lost a customer.

4th April 2019


I found this product to be drinkable, but only if there's no other whisky in the cabinet! It has a nice fruity flavour initially which gives way to a harsh alcohol burn which is not pleasant at all!

At this price range I would definitely pick the 12yr Glenfiddich over this, it's much nicer!

24th March 2019

Good because it was free ok only on tasting

This is my second ever bottle of scotch and my first speyside and I feel a little disappointed it was to light and delicate for me, I got that warm feeling in my throat but really struggled to get any real flavours. Sorry to say it's an ok drink glad it was free don't think I'll buy a bottle though.

24th March 2019

Nice, fresh, fruity, balanced.

Bought a half bottle of tbis at my nearby Sainsbury’s Local believe it or not. And I think it’s remarakabl good. But then I don’t like smoky bitter whiskeys which many coinneseurs (sp?) seem to do.

4th March 2019

Good everyday Scotch

Smooth, mellow single malt for the price. A little sharp, if held for a moment.

1st March 2019


Nasty alcohol. Reminds me of £14 Bells/Grants. Complete waste of money at £22 which I paid. I usually spend around £18 - £35 per bottle and would say there are some great whiskies available even near the bottom end of that scale. This is trash.

27th February 2019

Very disappointed

Really trying to like this but I can’t . Not buying again

30th January 2019

Received it as a gift, but is now my choice for higher end everyday Scotch.

Very good scotch for a moderate price. I like it. A little shy on the peat, and a little sweeter than others. But very enjoyable for an everyday Scotch. Like it very much.

13th January 2019

Too young

Got it as a present. If you want to gift someone reasonably priced whiskey - get Glenfiddich 12 ( seems to be constantly on sale in supermarkets).
Alcohol taste here dominates ver everything else, so my advice to Glenlivet: don't sell this - keep in casks for another 8 years.

10th January 2019

Give it a wide berth

Does not taste old at all. I’d guess no older than 4....and that’s being kind. Very harsh ethanol kick in the teeth. Very poor whisky from a great distillery. Should honestly be discontinued. The price Stella you all you need to know

8th January 2019

A stunning fail Glenlivet

Given as a gift when the 12yo was no longer available. What an appalling replacement for what was an excellent value single malt.
Thank god the 12yo is now back on the shelves.

1st January 2019

Beautiful, smooth & sweet. I love this!

This is lovely. Chocolate & plums & caramel, warming & yet zesty, a delightful winter whisky.

23rd December 2018

Lightweight and harsh

Needed a bottle for Xmas and saw this on special offer for £22 (from a poor selection available at my local supermarket). I was attracted by the price and good reputation of the distillery, but this was a bad buy. Lightweight and harsh. Next Xmas I'll plan my whisky better!

20th December 2018

Not again

First Scotch. Typically drink bourbon. Was hoping for something smooth. It smells good, and initial flavor is good, then flavor goes downhill. Typically I’m surprised at how fast I finish a glass. In this case I was surprised at how much I had to get through. Will try another Glenlivet product. But not this.

11th December 2018


Ice opens it up a bit but it has a somewhat harsh and prolonged aftertaste. Not awful but disappointed as this is my first bottle of Glenlivet

1st December 2018

Glenlivet has sold its soul. It deserves to die.

Yet another legendary distillery destroyed by the money men and MBAs. I will never buy another Glenlivet product ever again! The saddest thing about this.....stuff is that the spirit itself is fine. Give it another 10 years in the barrel and it would be nice. As a Scot, I feel genuine national shame that The Japanese now have more integrity than my own people.
Rating: zero stars.

26th November 2018

Just harsh


7th November 2018



27th October 2018

Mine’s good!

Just got a bottle as a gift. Actually, it was a surprise as I haven’t bought a bottle of Glenlivet for many years. This was smooth and the orange zest flavours really came through! Sweet but not too sweet and a bit soft at 40% (like Basil Haydens). But enjoyable and a flavour profile, which I like, that I haven’t encountered before. Mine was bottled in 2017 - and judging by the comments below, I wonder if there may be a bad batch out there or something.

22nd September 2018

Creamy but a bit sharp.

Creamy but a bit sharp. I wouldn't give it a two. For the price, you're better off getting the 12yr. It should be priced less. That said I enjoyed my bottle, but won't get another.

16th September 2018

It tastes different for historical reasons.

I thought the whole point of this whisky was to look back to another time in history and pay tribute to the founding father George Smith and the early distilling methods. So I'd like to ask all the people who have harshly criticised it here if they were around in 1824 to know exactly how "good" whisky tasted back then and if not, whether perhaps they'd like to travel back in time to tell those pioneers how it should be done! In 1998, Windows 98 on our computers was fantastic and top of the range but over time things develop and change and now it wouldn't meet our expectations. But there'd be no Windows 10 without Windows 98. So approach Founders Reserve for what it is - a tribute and a different taste that's a nod to the history books.

10th September 2018


I have had two bottles now. It compares poorly with the 12 year old. Waterey weak flavour. I ask myself why did they bring this foul product to market.

26th August 2018

Its the best👌🏽🥃

It a nice whisky and its now a year drinking it and enjoy it always

17th August 2018

Inconsistant to the point of undrinkable

Bought my first bottle of Founders Reserve and found it easy to drink if not a bit young tasting, with a creamy aftertaste. Just opened my 3rd bottle and its anise and woody as can be and feels like my tastebuds are rotting away, horrific and completely unpalatable. Not the most connoisseur of whisky drinkers but the difference and inconsistency is overwhelming.

5th August 2018

Dont know what peoples problem is

This is a solid NAS that any whiskey drinker should be proud to keep on the shelf, especially for 35-40 bucks. Maybe others just dont have a refined enough palate to pick up the slight nuances to be found throughout this amazing spirit. (Yes the 12 is [slightly] better)

4th August 2018

Nice Scotch

Nice Scotch

4th August 2018

Watery, bitter aftertaste. Never again.

This single malt is atrocious. No legs, like water. Very sweet with some fruity notes, but overall flat and uninspiring. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. I think I've had better cough syrup. Fortunately this was on offer. I can see why.

1st August 2018

Just awful.

This is terrible, the tasting notes must be for a completely different whisky.
This stuff tastes awful, it manages to be too sweet initially, yet leaves a bitter, sour aftertaste.
There is much better available for the price, in fact a decent blended whisky for a lot less would be much better.

30th July 2018

Definitely will add to my man cave scotch options.

I first had it a week ago. I took it for a much more expensive bottle of scotch. I got taken for an extra 12 bucks on the cruise ship!😫😒. Delicious from start to finish. I enjoyed it beat while playing cards. Sipped on a double shot neat for about 1.5 hours...kinda sweet and smooth. No bitter taste at all but still has a warm finish. I loved it.

28th July 2018

Cask for another 10 and it might be palatable.

Very disappointing, no real body and is nowhere near the quality of the 12-year-old. I bought three bottles and I wouldn’t give them away to friends. Please leave this in the cask for another 10 and it might be palatable.

26th July 2018

As an alternative ok, replace the 12. Remember New Coke?

“Let them eat cake”
And drink Founder’s Reserve

26th July 2018

Tarnishes a legend

The Glenlivet 15yr old is one of the loveliest malts I have ever tasted.. I liked it so much I bought a few bottles I was so impressed. The Founders Reserve was a mega disappointment. Thank goodness I tasted their classic 15yr old before tasting Founders Reserve. All I can say is first timers to Glenlivet would think it a poor show if their first dram was a Founders. Its bound to be tarnishing their great name. Its okay if your not fussy or have tasteless tastebuds but then it should be the same price as the way much better non aged Glen Moray Classic instead of ripping people off with a cheap substitute.

25th July 2018

Excellent value.

After my second bottle, not all at once of course, I'm liking this better than the 12 year old that's been a staple in my bar for over 25 years. With or without ice but always slightly chilled this is one of the best bargains of single malt scotch for my money. Thanks for a lovely drink.

24th July 2018

Disgusting, ruined the Glenlivet name

Disgusting. Glenlivet 12 year old was my favourite whiskey, an incredible product that I drank regularly. The founders reserve which was designed to replace the 12 year old is a rank, low quality, cheap alternative, I assume to help try to increase their revenue by destroying their name. I would have happily paid more for the 12 year old instead of replacing with a product more comparable to a blended malt like Bells.

17th July 2018

Numb tastebuds? Buy this whisky.

I feel cheated. Always found Glenlivet ok as a brand but here, they sold their soul. I can drink it if I have a cold, but luckily, that's not very often.

15th July 2018

Selling out for the money

It is obvious why they made an effort not to tell you the age. Those who gave it 5 stars don't know their Scotch or they work for Glenlivet. It was very disappointing, and I think they are aging it a short time so they can get it out the door and take advantage of the worldwide whisky boom. They are selling out for the money. Makers Mark tried to dilute its proof one time, and there was national outrage, so they went back to the original. Glenlivet is substituting for the 12 year old? I'm done.

13th July 2018

Not worth the price

Can get much better whisky for the same price. Disappointed, tastes like a cheap bottle of whisky.

6th July 2018

I will drink it!

Picked up two bottles going through duty free.
Not as good as I was hoping, a little sharp.
Had a cheap Ballantines blended to compare, and sorry to say I liked the Ballantines better.
Must be the working class coming out in me

27th June 2018


Bought a bottle of this for someone else and was offered a taste and it was very nice, bottle another for myself and it was downright awful. Hard to say..

25th June 2018


For this price is pretty acceptable.

17th June 2018

Awful. And I'm normally not that picky.

Definitely not buying this again. I'm not an expert but I have tried a fair share of cheap single malt whiskies. This is my least favourite one.

31st May 2018

Worth a try.

Delicious among the best, my lovely niece bought me this for Christmas. Who needs socks, slippers etc? when this fine nectar is available..

22nd May 2018

Value for money

Smooth and tasty. Wife enjoyed it too.

4th May 2018


Sat down with this and boy was I completely surprised. I had been looking for low end go to of Bowmore 12 which I can't find anywhere anymore, so I figured I would give it a try. I was a little hesitant with the lack of year and I wish I had listened to my gut on that. It is a complete and utter disappointment. It opened up slightly with a splash of water, but nowhere near the depth of flavor I was anticipating and it is nowhere near the quality for the price point.

1st May 2018

Worth trying for yourself.

So been reading the reviews and was cautious about getting. Having tried the 12 before I expected this to be a lower offering but after quarter of bottle in its def one of the better sweet malts in its price range. Worth 40 a bottle when your used to Chivas 12 and Johnnie black.

27th April 2018

Substandard malt whisky under reputable cover

Way too much cheap alcohol: Washy and bitter (in this respect, not better than a typical blend, but significantly more expansive). However, still some peach flavor noticeable, as typical for Glenlivet (1.5 stars for the vague resemblance). Glenlivet obviously wants to make easy money, produces quantity instead of quality, and deserves a ruined reputation. By the way, I do not see how the "Founder's Reserve" is related to the founder or to a reserve; the name is as misleading as marketing can be (and often is). Do not waste your money with this "single malt whisky", which most likely barely meets the legal requirements for being called so.

22nd April 2018

Very nice!

I love it...smooth and sweet, just a snifter of water releases that flavour!
I am a fan of Glenlivet and indeed most of the whiskys that are produced and sold from the world famous river Spey!

11th April 2018

a solid whisky

I'm a little puzzled by all the negative reviews here.
This is a solid whisky, gentle, smooth, good body of complimentary flavours.

6th April 2018

Ouch. What a waste of a good malted barley.

As others say: flat and boring. If it costed half its usual price then yes, you could maybe consider it as some sipper to go with your favourite soap opera. What's going on Scotland, have you become so complacent with your produce? For shame, this one's shite.

25th March 2018

Drink it from the bottle

Hit the spot ! After a long drive through the mountains into deepest Ceredigion, late into the night we arrived at the cabin. Chill rain and a brisk wind driving into us as we unpacked and clambered over mossy tree roots to the old oak doorway. Once inside we lit the fire and I noticed on the shelf a friend had left half a bottle of this whisky. We sat and drank this whisky right out of the bottle as we warmed our toes by the wood stove. It was so sweet and warming. This, friends is what this whisky is all about.

10th March 2018

Boring with no character

Boring, flat, linear, watery, zero character... I won't trust Glenlivet with my money after this one.

9th March 2018


Very nice

7th March 2018


Glenlivet 12 was my first ever scotch, and I still like it and love the 18 when I can afford it, so I am partial to the family. The expert at the store told me it was a blend of 12, 15, 18, etc, but nothing less than 12. So I thought for $30 it has to be better than 12 right? Well, no, it is disappointing. I am not sure how they made it or what they did to it, but it pales compared to the rest of the Glenlivet family. This child should be disowned.

4th March 2018

Easily the worst of the whiskies I've tried to date

Far from being a whisky snob, I am a complete whisky newbie. Glenlivet's Founder's Reserve is only my sixth bottle of whisky to date. I bought it on offer, attracted by the price tag and Glenlivet's reputation. When I got home I Googled to see the reviews, and found the ones here. I decided I should return the bottle, but when my previous bottle of Jura Superstition (a very accessible, enjoyable whisky for a newcomer) ran out, I figured 'I'm no whisky snob, I should still enjoy this!'.

Boy was I wrong. It's incredibly linear, and the nose gives away everything you need to know. This tastes like a poor bourbon - only worthy of being used with a mixer. And I think that's exactly what I'll do: offer it up to guests who enjoy their 'whisky' with a coke, as I can't see me finishing this bottle on the rocks. Easily the worst of the whiskies I've tried to date and I wouldn't ouch this again.

3rd March 2018

Saves a few quid but no enjoyment!

This is often down to £24 in the UK - fine, because this is a sour, unbalanced and bland whisky. White and Mackays is better and half the price if you want to save money. If you don't mind spending £4 extra, you can often get a reduced Laphroiag 10 in the supermarkets here in the UK. Anyone looking for a nice drink to savour or serve to guests, trust me and spend the extra cash - it is the difference between a beautifully crafted and complex but balanced dram and a total mess.

28th February 2018

Absolute crap.

Tasteless and worthless. Sadly it’s my first glenlivet - shall now be my last.

25th February 2018


Not particularly exciting, but not bad either. I won't buy it again.

24th February 2018

Try it, everyone's taste buds are different there are reviews with 5 stars on here and reviews with no stars on here. You will not know what you are until you try it

Just meh. Not as awful as some of the reviews would have you believe but really just nothing special. There is better out there at this price point.

23rd February 2018

It's okay.

Enjoying the drink as much as I can, there is definitely some better Scotch for $30, to me this scotch smells like Evan Williams bourbon and tastes mediocre but it's smooth so I'll give them that. Not much of a finish, flavor is gone as soon as you swallow it. Nothing discernable about the flavor, I'm not getting any of the ones described about this scotch. While not anywhere close to the best, it isn't the worst, if you like bourbon I would say this is a small step up.

23rd February 2018

Very good value for 25 pounds

This whisky is not as bad as some of the reviews seen here. I would rate this as a rather nice whisky with a smooth taste.

22nd February 2018

Great for cocktails

This is an entry level Scotch so don’t compare to Glenlivet’s older offerings. This bottle is great for cocktails, and with that in mind I’d prefer this over something like Monkey Shoulder. Makes a great old fashioned.

22nd February 2018

Making a bad name for Glenlivet

Awful taste unbefitting of a Glenlivet. Aftertaste is not unlike the smell of flash kitchen cleaner. Will not be buying this again.

20th February 2018

Pleasant enough, a good 3/4 star whisky

Far from the poor ratings some are giving. This is a pleasant whisky with lovely after taste.

12th February 2018

Sweet notes, great value for money.

I just got one for £25 and I am pleased with it. Very sweet taste makes it easy drinker. I sensed strong toffee aftertaste with hint of spices, reminded me of sitting in Starbucks for some reason. Managed to drink the entire bottle with a friend who isn't even whisky lover. For that very reason it makes it a fantastic entry whisky for the money. I would definitely buy that one again.

11th February 2018

Save your money -- we tossed it in the garbage.

Threw it away ... would give it a negative rating if I could give it minus stars. We love all Glenlivet expressions we've tried thus far ... but seriously ... this household drinks a variety of delightful single malts from several regions representing many styles and price points .... this one, with NAS, pure junk. Save your money.

1st February 2018

awful, petrol. Use it to clean your toilet with this.

This is the worst whisky I ve tasted , I had nausea for the rest of the week and had to give the rest of the bottle to someone, I could barely lokk at the bottle after than awful experience. I had tried the 18 years and it was good, but I will never buy the glenlivet ever again or at least not Before I am assured that it tastes good.

This has the same awful taste as the Speyburn Bradan Orach or maybe even the Tomatin Legacy.

29th January 2018

Nice enough

After reading others reviews I was a bit dubious to try the reserve, I usually drink Dalmore 12yr, but having been given a half bottle as a Christmas stocking filler it had to be done,and, I like it. I won't go into words of smell,pallet and taste etc.I repeat, I like it.

27th January 2018

Tastes far more expensive than it is.

A very smooth subtle flavoured malt,for the more sophisticated palette. Best sipped straight and at room temperature. One of the best everyday drams without the current flavour of pretentiousness associated with much more expensive distillations.

24th January 2018

Waste of money

This whisky is a waste of money. There's nothing special to discover in this boring stuff. For this money you can get much better. AnCnoc 12, Glen Elgin12, Glen Grant 10 etc.

23rd January 2018

Very nice

A strong entry and a top level value scotch.

19th January 2018

Light and floral, not for special guests!

Bought this as a back up dram over the Christmas period, mild and floral....OK for 20 pounds. I had just finished a bottle of Talisker Skye when I moved onto this so was quite underwhelmed with the mild taste which disappeared quickly. Just OK for 20 pounds, would feel cheated if I had paid full money for this. Just a bit on the dull side.

19th January 2018

Not a 5* whisky

It isn't a 5*. Probably 3 and a half.
However, I feel like there's an undercurrent of snobbery surrounding this whisky, so I'm trying to redress the balance. Glenlivet is an excellent distillery and, perhaps due the fact that they seem to be withdrawing the much-loved 12 year old, in favour of this genre of No-Age-Statement expression, LIKE EVERY OTHER DISTILLERY (sorry, was I shouting?) has attracted the wrath of a traditionalist community but, actually, this is a pretty good single malt.

Not orgasmic and not outstanding but pretty good.

If they withdraw the 15 year old, I'm changing sides, though.


16th January 2018

Bland and inoffensive

This is a prime example of why restricting oneself to a particular brand is folly. I do not doubt that 'Glenlivet' make some good whisky, but the 'Founders Reserve' does not qualify in my book. It tastes so watery and bland. There's no real harshness to it, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about it. For the asking price avoid. From what I've tried of the rather decent but far cheaper Aldi 'Glen Marnoch' range (the 'Speyside' and 'Highland Rum Finish' - I've yet to try Lidl's Ben Bracken range) is much better than this!

13th January 2018

Plain Boring

Theres nothing exciting about this, young rough spirit, tame background fruit and absolutely no notes of interest. It's not bad, but it's by far the worst whisky I've had bar bells.

11th January 2018

Not worth the money.

Not the worst whisky to pass my lips. However it is most defiantly not worth its price tag. Think grouse but £10 more expensive. Yet another let down from the no age statement revolution.

1st January 2018

I'd recommend it to anyone!

Perfect taste and after taste. Goes down Great!

31st December 2017

Marketers' trick.

I'm a beginner in the Whiskey world. Anyway, I tested many blends and some 12 yrs malts. Recently, I decided to try the famous 12yrs Glenlivet for Christmas, I went to a local shop, bought the bottle and started the new taste experience. "What the .... ?" I thought after starting my first drum. I can't believe you all like this. I started reading a bottle... F##k! Glenlivet marketers caught me! They sold me this harsh drink almost for the price 12 yrs old whiskey. My Ballantine's is much better than this marketers' bottle. Bye Glen, I'll better buy fair taste for the fair price.

30th December 2017

Not worth the time, trouble or money!

SWILL!!! Weak body, little flavor. Life is too short to drink cheap whisky. This was a gift, so I cannot return it. Will put it on the shelf and wait for someone I do not like to serve it to, and will from this point forward dring only Macallans 12 or better.
I have a full year to plot my revenge against the person that gave it to me.

29th December 2017

Not bad but 12 yo definitely better.

I am die hard fan of Glenlivet’s 12 yo and received the Founder’s reserve for Christmas. It has pleasant taste but it certainly does not compare to aged scotch. I loved the comment that clan McGregor was better. That’s my “go to” scotch when I’m low on funds. For a blended scotch it is not bad and more than half the price for a 1/2 gallon. Single malt is definitely where it’s at!

25th December 2017

It's okay

I am definitely a glenlivet fan, with that said my first glass was an 12yr and I was hooked. But typically go for the 12 yr. This Founders Reserve is okay. Not my favorite. Would rather have the 12yr but bought this because I figured I would love it. Unfortunately I was wrong I haven't put any ice in it or cut it yet. If the rumours are true and you are getting rid of the 12yr please don't the 12yr is so much better. If however you do replace it please, please replace it with something a little better than this.

18th December 2017

Marketing gimmick...

Just saw this featured here in the US, so decided to give it a whirl. Was a little put off by no age statement, but hey, it's Glenlivet, "Founders Reserve", right? And of course the price was right. I'll not get into the toffees and citrus and peat, etc., etc....with a splash of water, I found it way too light for a single malt. As we are still fortunate here to get the 12 YO, I'll not make this mistake again...just as soon drink White Horse Blended, and get more flavor...

16th December 2017

Nice taste to this occasional drinker

As an occasional whisky drinker a single bottle can last me a year or two. I've often had Glenfiddich 12 and 15, once had an 18. All enjoyable and fine taste.
Have had Bells and cannot stand that.
Given this as an anniversary present, nice taste with a little water or ice - tend to drink a glass over an evening so ice doesn't last long anyway.
Not too strong. Have not had a Glenlivet before so nothing to compare it directly to. The bottle will probably last me and the wife a year or so, nice drink.
Will probably buy it myself if I don't get another one next December.
Note - reading through some of the reviews of other whisky I have enjoyed I can see that people have a variety of tastes. This one is to my taste. That does not make others wrong.

Would recommend people try a whisky for themselves rather than rely on good or bad reviews by others.

16th December 2017

A great brand but the founders reserve is poor quality for what they make.

Had it today on a recommendation because the 12 year I normally drink was gone. Founders tastes harsh and no comparison to the 12 much less the older varieties that are special buys for the holidays. I would recommend another brand in this price range.

13th December 2017

Not what you would expect.

The founder's reserve isn't bad, but it is not what I really think of when I want Scotch. It is light and almost flowery. It is a little on the harsh side when drinking straight up. Though not unpleasant, I think I will continue with the more traditionally aged varieties.

4th December 2017

Nice for what it is.

Better than Glenfiddich 12 yo. Never did try the 'livet 12 for comparison but the FR is quite nice as an entry level Scotch. That said, Glenlivet 18 will remain my go-to dram from the distillery. The difference in price is well worth the difference in quality.

3rd December 2017

A poor imitation of the replacement 12yr

I like to give new products a try and this product is no exception. I found the whiskey to be bland/ harsh and with no memorable qualities left on the palate. Smells decent on the nose, slightly floral and fruity. Its almost like Glenlivet wanted to make more distinction between the 12yr (which was good)and 15yr so they got rid of the 12yr and made an inferior product to highlight the rest of the brand. Look for other Whiskey in this price point and you'll find much much better options.

19th November 2017

A step down from the 12yr.

As a fan of their 12 yr this is a disappointment to me. The label of this scotch sounds better than it tastes. It smells decent and has clean and bland peppery taste on the tongue. There's now a notable difference in this and their more expensive bottles. IMHO I'll stick with Glenfiddich for the 12. (I thought the 12yr Glenlivet and 12yrGlenfiddich were comparable, the founder reserve is definitely a step down in attempts to make a cheaper bottle.

19th November 2017

Cheap malt

Harsh, salty disappointment

17th November 2017

Pleasant enough dram.

Decent enough entry level Glenlivet. A pleasant enough dram at a reasonable price.

11th November 2017

Good value for money, but there is strong competition

Coastline and legs take time to run, barley oil and oil from the cask, legs run fairly thick and slow given 40%ABV. Caramel E140a seems added and is chill filtered imo.
Nose - sweet orange, pears, background spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, stronger vanilla and caramel.
Palate - sweet, strong orange, strong pears and pear drops, caramel and vanilla.
Finish - again strong orange, sweet, orange and pear and pear drops linger long. Pear drops strengthen after a few minutes, vanilla and caramel with some background spices as above.
Conclusion - a typical complex Speyside. Pleasant whisky for the reasonable price in supermarkets in the UK

9th November 2017

Look Elsewhere

Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is rough and nasty whisky that tries to bury its cheap character under a bucket of citrus fruit notes in the nose. Yet it can't conceal the metallic, bitter taste that is characteristic of spirit that hasn't been aged long enough.

This whisky shows the contempt with which Glenlivet holds its customers outside of the US. You see, Glenlivet is the best selling single malt in America, so it is a very important market for them. Now, this non age statement Founder's Reserve has replaced the Glenlivet 12 year old everywhere... except, you guessed it, the US. I did a quick Google search of liquor stores in America and the 12 year old is widely available there. But, as far as Glenlivet is concerned, the rest of the world can get stuffed.

9th November 2017

Not the worst, but not the best

Clan MacGregor is exceptionally better than this. I can drink it, but I would not recommend it.

4th November 2017

Poor rating

Harsh and too spicy ... Not a good blend.

2nd November 2017

Could do better for the price

Disappointingly sharp. No match for the smooth mellowness of the 15 year old

29th October 2017

Leave the Damn Spirit in the Barrel

Good enough for the master distiller? All I can say is that the master distiller should be ashamed of himself for releasing such a rough product. I'm angry at myself for buying this when I could have bought the far superior Glenfiddich 12 yo or Glen Grant 10 yo for around the same price. I now have to throw good money after bad and buy some Coke to mix this with... and I hate Scotch and Coke!!!

Apparently the 12 yo that this replaced was a decent enough drink. This suggests that there is far too much young spirit in the Founder's Reserve. It's interesting because I thought it had a similar nose to Strathisla 12 yo. It makes me think that if this whisky had a good 10 to 12 years in the barrel, it might have been a really nice, refined single malt like Strathisla.

I believe this whisky will do great damage to the reputation of Glenlivet as it will be the first Glenlivet product that many customers will try. It was certainly the first Glenlivet whisky I tried and based on my horrid experience, I am reluctant to spend money on any other Glenlivet offerings. As a matter of urgency, Glenlivet should stop bottling this and leave the damn spirit in the barrel for a decent length of time. With any luck, people may soon forget this whole sorry episode.

17th October 2017

Total disappointment to a Glenlivet drinker over the last Fifty years

Pernod Ricard do the product The Glenlivet a great disservice with this product.It would be interesting to know what the AYS of this bottling is but the company seem reluctant to devulge this information when asked.

11th October 2017


This Whiskey is the bomb, greatest thing since sliced bread. Good job

28th September 2017

2* price for 2* malt

Yer gets wot yer pays for. Discounted massively at Co-op(!) this is a cheap whisky for good reason. It is pleasant enough but just bland, with limited impression on the palate and after it vanishes without trace. What a pity that such an old established and respectable distillery should be willing to debase its product. The owners will probably - hopefully - rue the day.

9th August 2017

I will not buy any Glenlivet product ever again.

There is nothing to this. The faintest of short-lived afertastes, a cloying, un-natural sweetness to start and nothing else. There is a nice mouth-feel which I am certain has been deliberately engineered to mask the inferiority of this......liquid.
Yet another insult from an industry which seems determined to ruin its centuries-old reputation.
George Smith would be appalled at the misuse of his name.

18th July 2017


This an ok whisky. It doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out from a very crowded market. I would rather spend a similar amount on a Glenfarclas 10 y.o. for a better representation of a Speyside.

11th July 2017

It's ok but not for sitting down and giving full attention.

It's ok for everyday use.

29th June 2017

Please do not replace the 12 with this.

Awful. Back seat to the 12 year. A blend of many different years does the Glenlivet name a disservice.

26th June 2017



23rd June 2017

Worth the price

I found it extremely subtle very smooth not very fruity best chilled. I compared it with Glenkinchie except the floral nose...

22nd June 2017

Great over ice or with cold mineral water

Nice and smooth

20th June 2017

Hot, bland, overpriced

No. Oh crikey, just no. This is the hottest and yet most bland creation I've tasted in a long time. Glenlivet, why have you done this? It will not serve you well in the long run.

8th June 2017

Thank u!

Best whiskey I've ever had ,so smooth and tasty.

20th May 2017

Cheap immitation of the 12 is several bars above this trash

It tastes like sugar was added to hide a pathetically thin taste. Glenlivet 12 was replaced with a bitter, shallow, inbred cousin because they could triple production, end of story. If you can afford it, move to the 15 or to GlenGrant. RIP Glenlivet 12.

15th May 2017

Not good Glenlevit....

I have enjoyed Glenlivet 12YO as my go to whiskey for many years. 25 or so years ago, my wife brought home a bottle called Founder's Reserve from France and was the best whiskey I had ever had. This is definitely not the same stuff! Very young tasting. I hope they don't stop marketing the 12YO as they have done in other countries.

11th May 2017

Compares to highlander which at Costco is 20 dollars a bottle

Good flavor , potent drink , Smooth going down, like founders reserve better than the 12 year old, would like to know how long it's aged?

20th April 2017

A little thin

Some very contrasting reviews here for this one. Anyways this is probably one of the lightest scotches I've ever experienced. It really stands quite heavily in the shadow of the 12yo which while retain it's easy drinking nature has much less complexity and depth. Very much the younger sibling if they were to stand side by side. It has it's place I guess, but for those with a bit of experience with more deeper complex scotches it's really not that satisfying sorry to say, and indeed, no replacement for the 12yo so stock up while you can :)

10th April 2017

Vanilla ice cream xompanion

I like variety,and experimenting with different types of Scotch whisky as a.newcomer to whisky am always amazed at the variety on offer I poured this one while eating a bowl of vanilla I cream,the two were bliss perfect companions....definitely a summer whisky,loved it

7th April 2017


I'll start by saying I'm an islay fan, but I always like to try new whisky, and can still appreciate a good whisky even if it isn't to my particular taste. This was a huge disappointment, no depth of flavour, all you get is a bitter, soapy sharp taste . A sweetness comes through, but the toffee is confused by an almost battle between apple and pear to see which one will linger on the tastebuds longest (pear edges it) a sharp bitter thin after taste is left behind. Some people have commented on it being cheap, but for the price £30 there are far nicer whiskies out there (thinking laphroaig, Ardmore legacy, talisker storm or even Sainsbury's own speyside) definitely one to avoid

6th April 2017


Nice dram

20th March 2017

Great stuff!

Great whisky and great price! Very easy drinking whisky.

16th March 2017

This took me by surprise and was not of the standard or quality I've come to expect from Glenlivet.

Worse than Johnnie Walker Red Label. Significantly worse than the Glenlivet 12. It has a thin and unpleasant taste. Avoid and move up to the 18 if the 12 isn't available.

13th March 2017

Most Enjoyable for the Price

Most enjoyable. Nice and smooth for me. A little more sweeter than I normally go for but was a bargain at £22 for 70 cl.
I'm more accustomed to the Glenlivet 18year old but thought I'd give this a try. Good value at that price.

9th March 2017

A little underwhelming

Very bland in comparison to many. I could taste the toffee, but it's very subtle. Not a particularly exciting or even slightly complex taste, but smooth. The nose suggests much more than the taste delivers. I hope I don't sound like a wankstain. I try new whiskies regularly, but this one was a bit "meh".

8th March 2017

Gets you pissed

Won it in a raffle and enjoyed it immensely, must admit I was bolloxed once I was halfway down the bottle inside half an hour though, so the nose of dates and apricot wine and palate of toffee milk chocolate flakes and anise were somewhat lost on me. The wife enjoyed hers with coke and we both had a right wobble on when we got off the settle on the way to bed !!! Highly recommend if you ask me 😀

15th February 2017

For big boys over 50

Sweet and excellent over a marble ice cube .big boy drink

10th February 2017

Panic and fear

Like most scotch drinkers, I'm very suspicious and hesitant to change.

I've had one of these "new" bottles for write some time and likely won't open it until I can no longer get my house brand, 12 year old.

I can't say I'm looking forward to that day..

I do hope that this new twist won't discourage me into finding a new scotch..the 12 year Livet has been my home everyday for the last 30 years..what can I say..I get attached to things..

But to make a long story even longer, I do, in all sincerity wish that the good people at the Glen have made a wise choice best..continue the 12 year bottle for we who have always loved it.

6th February 2017

Perhaps a modern 5 year old ?

I thinks this is a 5 year old , matured in modern coffins rather than barrels,that said I like it, I like the caramel and the sweetness.

31st January 2017

very nice

Received a bottle of this for Christmas
Not being a fan of Glenlivet
Was pleasantly surprised by the taste and aroma
Will definitely get some more

29th January 2017

Good whisky for the price

Easy to drink, good enough for the price (around AUD45). Some of the reviews here are pretty harsh considering the price.

26th January 2017

Loved the new color bottle

Pretty mellow overall. Thought maybe the reserve would've been a little different but it wasn't disappointing. Somewhat of a slightly bitter aftertaste with a smooth finish.

26th January 2017

Great for the price

Great for the price

21st January 2017

Great value and an interesting drop

Pleasantly surprised when I bought this on special at the local. Somewhat sweeter than I usually prefer, but easy to drink with some complexity, I tasted grains and orange fruit predominantly, a little bit of a grassy finish. Made me think of me of Nant homestead crossed with Glenmorangie original. Probably not for an introduction to whisky, but certainly something to try as your palate develops. Seems a lot of low point reviews in comparison to other Glenlivet offerings, which I haven't tried. For the price, this was a good buy and enjoyable for me, as a novice. Personally I like it neat, at 40% abv it's smooth, and I didn't think stood up well with dilution. Recommend letting it breathe a little in your glass.

6th January 2017

A big disappointment

Glenlivit 12yr. has been my favorite scotch, sad to see it go. I picked up the founders reserve thinking it was a step up from the 12yr since it cost a few bucks more. I was sorely disappointed. It hits the pallet with a very distinguished bitter bite that is in stark contradiction to the mellow smoothness of the 12yr. There is no redemption in the finish either. Sorry to see the 12yr go and I will definitely not be purchasing the founders reserve again. Guess I will have to find a new favorite. Too bad.

31st December 2016

Ron Allan

Very Very good. Has a slight sweetness that I found to be a nice change. I will be trying the 15 tear old next and then onto the 12 tear old and finally the 12 year old. I received this combo for Christmas this year.

26th December 2016

Por el precio es muy bueno!!

Ok estamos hablando de un whisky de menos de Us 35 es suave afrutado y con un final muy agradable, para los que no nos gusta la turba es perfecto!!

23rd December 2016


Lovely finish!


Only £22 in Tesco!

22nd December 2016

Big Ben

Excellent smooth whisky great over ice softens the sweetness

21st December 2016

founders resev

Smooth creamy finish not smoky at all for the money I'd buy it again. Heard it was higher priced but at 36.00 I'll take it. Again no where near as good as the 12 15 or 18 but again if you want a single malt this isn't half bad..

20th December 2016


Smooth subtle at the same time complex possibly unsuitable for the unrefined American palate

20th December 2016


Smooth and mild yet complex and refined may be unsuitable for the American palate

20th December 2016


Soft and delicate yet complex as it's only maybe not suited to the unrefined American pallet

20th December 2016

Best value for money

Of course you can find a better whisky but not in this price!

15th December 2016

Fowler Than A Turkey!

I like the occasional Scotch but this one makes my neck wanna throw up.

13th December 2016

Absolutely Great Value

I like the smoother more aged Scotch and though the age is not stated, the Founder's Reseeve finishes like a 15+ year scotch. I think it's way better than the 12 year but priced the same therefore driving great value. It's a great move Glenlivet and I hope people are not discouraged by some the negative ratings. I have a super particular palate and this scotch is fantastic.

11th December 2016

I've tried more than a few different Scotch

Before I tried Glenlivet Founder's Reserve after spending money on "Blue Label" at 4x the prices. GFR hands down!

8th December 2016

Geoffrey Ridgway

Not as good as the 12 year old

6th December 2016

Mr George Moir

First class would definitely buy on a regular basis

6th December 2016

Delicate and sweet

Not all of us like to be hit in the face with a smoked barrel of peat. As a light dram, a summer day's treat, this would work. Perhaps a little depth would improve the product. Aftertaste is on the thin side.

4th December 2016


It'll do the trick because I wa in a pinch and wanted something new, but I won't buy it again.

3rd December 2016

Why all the negativity?

I'm a little confused as to why this whisky is being rated at 1/2 star to 1 star. I actually find it quite a pleasant dram. I don't find it in anyway offensive. Personally, I prefer smokey/peaty single malts, which is contrary this husky. Howevet, for me, the Founder's Reserve is certainly acceptable to my palette.

1st December 2016

Why? just why?

I've been drinking scotch for about 10 years now and by no means am I a sophisticed scotch drinker... in fact 80% of the scotch o drink is on with a rock or two. Which is why I am a big fan of easy drinking GlenLivet 12yo.
Even with a minimal appreciation for complex Scotch... I can tell you from my first sip of Founder Reserve that it is not good. I am now contemplating pouring it out but hoping that I'll find an intoxicated buddy to drink it one night.
And priced more than 12yo here in the states is extremely confusing... it really isn't good.

30th November 2016


I'm about to get started in single malts, would you recommend it more than a glenfiddich?

28th November 2016

Awful, harsh, nothing else

Without a doubt, the most disappointing whisky I've tried all year. The Glenlivet 15 is a pretty good dram, so how on earth this can be so poor is beyond me. It's harsh and unpleasant tasting.

27th November 2016

Founder's delight

This bottling from Glenlivet deserves an applause as we in the UK no longer have access to the 12 year old Glenlivet any more. It may not taste the same as the 12 year old but in overall terms it is an excellent smooth whisky at a very reasonable price. May the tradition continue.

25th November 2016

Whatever, it's cheap.

It does what I want it to do.

17th November 2016

midnight special

i'd rather drink petrol.glenlivet is a great can they put this out.this has got to be what goes into blends.and they've decided to release it as one of thier own.and whats worse is we no longer get the awesome 12 year old.thanks to it being the biggest selling single malt in america.lucky yanks.well they were till january!.they'll probably sell even more when trump takes over.founders is drinkable with coke.but it's an expensive mixer.avoid.

13th November 2016

The Founer's Butt Juice

Been a frequent drinker of the 12 year for quite some time, but this. This is gross. I would rather drink Cutty Sark

7th November 2016

Not the 12 Year Old

Bought this when my 12 year old ran out. Was a fan of the 12 and sorry to see it disappear from the shelves. Not a very complex whisky at all and was a little disappointed. My current batch of Glenlivet is made up of the 15 French Oak and Nadura 16 and now the Founders........ Bring back the 12 as the entry level Glenlivet the founders is not a patch on it.

8th October 2016

Not much difference with the 12 years.

Did a head to head comparison between this one the 12y. Not that much difference. Same family. Founders reserve a bit sweeter. Both watered down so not sharp to me. Easy to drink. I think both are dull but not that bad.

4th October 2016

A single malt rye???

It is not as terrible as the snobs have portrayed. No where near. It is quite unfair to compare to its more mature brother at 12 yrs. The color is the first's much lighter on the palate...dare I say, nearly refreshing? There is a sweetness that takes my mind toward a rye, a smokey rye. Definitely hints of toffee, and maybe even a hint of something citrus. The GFR is certainly worth its pricetag, and good to have around for those friends who "show up" at cocktail hour looking to hit your finer bottles. A little ice might wake this GFR a little, making it a bit more refreshing. Folks need to avoid the complaining...we drank all the good stuff...this is far from terrible and a decent backup while we wait for the casks to mature again. Get some GFR and be open sure to swish under your tongue to get the full flavor. That vanilla and toffee will sneak up on ya!

26th September 2016

A fabulous after work nip

I have been drinking Glen for many years, enjoyed every sip, and this has fast become my go to. Thank you for GFR!

24th September 2016

Tough Critics

Just look at the price! This single malt may not explode with flavors or distinction but it is relatively easy drinking with a sweet flavor. It goes down easy and doesn't leave a harsh aftertaste. Sincerely for the price it's not a bad everyday drinker.

18th September 2016


More for me.

16th September 2016

An excellent drinking Scotch

Regardless of so many negative reviews, I find this to be a delicious, sweet tasting single-malt, and it is my go to for a scotch and ice after work each day. It is priced such that it is affordable to enjoy daily, while saving my older, "more expensive" Glenlivet nectar a for weekends and special occasions.

5th September 2016

I should know better.

Really, at my age I should know better than to buy a bottle of cheap single malt and expect it to be anything other than a CHEAP drink. If I had purchased a nip of GFR in a bar I would have taken it back and accused the bartender (undeservedly) of watering his drinks. Without a doubt this is the weakest single malt that I have tasted for a long time. My bottle of Lagavulin actually shivered with embarrassment when I put the GFR next to it on the shelf. Maybe my daughter's boyfriend will drink it with Coca Cola but I doubt it, as the taste is not strong enough to be 'appreciated' over the Coke.

26th August 2016

I like it

Yes, Mr. George Cowley maybe wouldn't like it but i do. :)

19th August 2016

Simple youth

Young scotches often get kicked to the curb, with drinkers thinking that youth means simplicity. Not true at all. A young Islay can be remarkable. And anyone remember the Glen Garioch 8? Alas, the Glenlivet FR is the kid who can only talk about Star Wars. Sweet citrus and, well, not much else. Recommended on ice with a good distraction.

18th August 2016

Decent for the price

Not much to it, but it's a perfectly drinkable dram. For the price, it's fine. A good entry-level scotch for somebody just getting into it.

13th August 2016

NOPE NAS ... :-(

Quite a sad replacement of the 12yo ...
Personally I don't like NAS, so that might be part of this (bad) experience ... but I guess I'll try to get me some old 12yo bottles!

11th August 2016

How this won any award is beyond me...

This tasted like a 3 year old whisky. Fine. Not a problem. Except for one thing - there's nothing to it at all. There are mid range blends out there that blow this out the water for half the price! Glenlivet, what have you done?

26th July 2016

Won't buy again

I'm usually a drinker of the 12 and 18; saw this founder reserve for the first time and thought why not? Well I can tell you now why not. Quite simply this spirit is not very good at all. After the pour it is pale in the glass, the nose is underwhelming and on the tongue and palate very harsh. What stood out most was that the finish reminded me of gasoline sipped from a cup cut from a young sapling. It left my tongue numb. I've drank Glenlivet for around thirty five years and this was the worse ever.

23rd July 2016

Love it.

The best ever.

20th July 2016

Sign of the times

There's no point in being hysterical and demanding the return of the 12yo, there simply isn't any left. We've drank it all and it was lovely. China, India and the US have all got massively into drinking single malt and demand has outstripped supply capability. We've seen the same happen at other distilleries (when was the last time you saw Yamazaki 12yo?) and it's simply a symptom of the whiskey industry today.

It takes 12 years to make a 12 year old whiskey and hopefully the distilleries are on board with the idea that they need to be stockpiling spirit if demand is going to continue as it is or even keep growing. They need to keep the coffers full so need entry level expressions and unfortunately that means younger spirits at 12yo prices.

Let's be honest this founders reserve is terrible. Harsh at first with no depth in the middle and nothing lingering.

But there's no point in moaning about it. Try another distillery or distilleries over the next few years and let Glenlivet recouperate enough to get back to producing the whiskey that we love.

5th July 2016

Embarrassingly bad.

The Glenlivet should be embarrassed to have their name on this whisky. It tastes thin and harsh like vodka. It's nearly the worst whisky I have ever had, and sadly, I'm not exaggerating. You're better off with a 10 or 12 year old whisky from any other reputable distillery (e.g., Glenfiddich 12 or Speymalt 10).

26th June 2016

It's not that bad

I have had a few bottles of this, and as the title says, it's not that bad.

OK, It's not a patch on the 15yr or 18yr (my fav), but it's not priced at their level.

I got a bottle for £22 from Costco, at that price you cannot really complain.

Yes, I would buy it again. Better than drinking Bells or Grouse any day.

10th June 2016

Sad times

The 12yo has been my favourite malt since a colleague introduced me to it sometime in the 90's I think and I'd wondered why it has been increasingly hard to find. Currently half way through the Founder's Reserve replacement and I don't think it's smooth or subtle enough to be a Glenlivet. Not disastrous, but I will miss the 12yo. Might be tempted to switch to a Glenfiddich or Balvenie. Sad times.

5th June 2016

Now being mixed with Ginger Ale

Went looking for a drop of single malt at a local superstore. Have had good Glenlivets before. Hadnt tried this one and found it inelegant and harsh. Now being used as I would a bottle of Bells or Famous Grouse.

29th May 2016

Not good

The price is same as 12 years but just the taste. It is missing something and it is not smooth. maybe I am comparing with my fav 12 years.

24th May 2016


Bring back 12 years.

11th May 2016

Dissappointing for the price

I've asked at Woolworths for the cheapest possible GOOD single malt and was offered The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve. I am very dissappointed: money down the drain. It tastes like cheaper scotch. I wanted a single malt for it's peatiness, smokiness, complexity to slowly savour. I payed the same price for 10 y.o. single malt at Dan Murphys and now must agree with reviews which say if there is no age on the bottle it's not worth to buy. Grass, pear notes etc describing single malt? This could be good for white wine (or a room spray) but not for $50+ bottle of good scotch. Sorry!

9th May 2016

Mr McGrory

Not a bad dram of the fire water. Petrol???? Hardly, maybe to the younger palate. A good glass of single malt.

1st May 2016

You might as well drink Southern Comfort

Pretty awful. Compared to a 15-year Glenlivet this is utter garbage. Why would they sully their name with this?

24th April 2016

mr tim garlinge

A lovely smooth malt

23rd April 2016


On offer at £24 worth it at that price, smooth enough for me.

15th April 2016

One to miss

This is the first Glenlivet I have tasted and I was disappointed. Unpleasant taste, made bearable only if consumed after considerable amounts of a better whiskey.

10th April 2016

Very Clean & Drinkable

A lovely single malt for the price. The finish is a little harsh perhaps, but the toffee through the nose & on the palate more than compensates. Very clean tasting & I'd suggest, best enjoyed after a rich or heavy meal. Has it's place in any collection.

6th April 2016


As a fan of sweet whisky, this is a good one. Goes down easy and the more you have the enjoyable it gets.

5th April 2016

A total disappointment

It was rough it was rubbish when you compare it to The Glenlivet 12 year old which I have been lucky enough to have over numerous years prior to that I drank George J.G Smiths Glenlivet it was unbelievable to have come from the Glenlivet distillery.

Do they think selling rubbish like this will sell just because it has the Glenlivet on the label, whoever did the tasting for Glenlivet should give up there job as the best it should be used for is as a cleaning agent.

3rd April 2016

quiet man

Not smooth at all. Went down like gasoline.

1st April 2016

Fogie Stogie

What a disappointment

1st April 2016

Experienced Drinker

Have enjoyed 12 year old Glenlivet many times in the past, but the Founder's Reserve is so revolting that I will never buy the brand again. I was seduced by the attractive blue packaging and the paper wrapping similar to the 12 year old. But this is cheap tasting with a nasty residue, overly sweet and sickly. Some commentators say it is like gasoline fuel, and some well-known brands are exactly that; but Founder's Reserve is not gasoline fuel because its sweetness makes it (barely) drinkable. I would classify this whisky as a cheap down-market supermarket own 'best buy' version. All the negative reviews it has gathered are 100% justified.

30th March 2016

None Emotional Review

As a very new whisky drinker I cannot compare this bottle to many, as too many others have done when mentioning the "12 yo". What we have is a a bottle of whisky with a reasonable taste that is being 1 starred (not 2,3) just straight to 1 star by people who have enjoyed the "12 yo". Some appear very emotional as a result, which I fully understand but it influences their fairness.

So I feel I have to remind everyone that reviews should never really be used to help one make a decision. If you can afford and you are interested enough, try it. I've opened my bottle 3 months after receiving it on Christmas, to drink to my 4th child coming. I wouldn't drink it on arrival, I'll be too deep in sh...nappies, courage for now.

I have deducted half a star for the lack of information on the package regarding the bottle year.

I deducted another half-star because while typing this review I was sipping away at the whisky, trying to find another flavor in it, so maybe without a lot of experience even I expect just a little something more to come easier.

Ryan R. Bayne

25th March 2016

Marketing gimmick

It seems as though glenlivet put all their efforts into marketing the product, and no effort into quality control.

25th March 2016


Very harsh on the palate and this develops into a synthetic sort of mild petroleum finish. Having loved the smoother than smoth S G Smiths 'the Glenlivet' over many years, this is a very dissapointing malt from a great Brand

24th March 2016

Beginning Whisky drinker, worlds away from GL12Yrs

I cannot come up with fancy terms and tasting notes as I am still new to the the whisky and whiskey world. However from a novice's perspective Glen Livet Founders reserve appears to be targeted at my exact demographic, the inexperienced whisky drinker that goes for fancy labels and shiny boxes

I am happy that my first contact with Founders Reserve was only a tiny tasting bottle, this stuff is really miles away from Glen Livet 12, in no way does it compare to the Glen Livet products as it appears to be way to young and unsavory compared to the more mature stuff.

For me this was a positive experience as I have learned that I do not favor the young grainy ones and favor the older more mature drams. I will never buy this again but I am glad I learned this lesson early one and without buying into this hype.

23rd March 2016

Worse than I ever expected

Poor flavor and sad from such a great company. I would ship the bottle back to them with a letter stating I would never buy from them again if this is what can not be expected

23rd March 2016

loved it

Loved it. Will buy another bottle.

20th March 2016

JP Peddimun

Bought this at the local Tesco on trust. Saw the Gelnlivet brand from a distance and a nice looking box and assumed it would be good by association with past pleasures. Well done marketing team. You fooled me. Reading the reviews below looks like you fooled most of us. This is pig swill. How dare you. On my first sip I thought - hang on? What's going on here. Better have another sip. Ah-ah. It's still bile. Grab the box and look for the age. Nowhere. Anywhere. Clever. Don't tell em'. Just cover the box with loads of bullcrap about George Smith and the timeless primeval valley. Shame on you, Glenlivet and your over paid marketers. But you're short term gain will be long term loss. Guaranteed.

18th March 2016

Mr Iain

Bring back the 12 ... Please !

9th March 2016

Good malt... if you pay not more than 20 EUR for it

I picked it up for 15 EUR and I felt pretty good while drinking it. If I paid for it as for the 12 year old then I would feel myself cheated and robbed. It is just another NAS, which should stay in barrels for additional 3-5 years…

9th March 2016

Damn good at £20 on special offer

I must admit that I prefer a peated malt, but this is very palatable with a very enjoyable after taste. I picked it up for £20 on special at my local supermarket and very glad that I did with one caveat that at £35 I may have been slightly disappointed. Keep the price right and you're onto a winner.

5th March 2016

Glen lived but now dead

As an avid whiskey drinker I saw the founder reserve and eagerly anticipated the first drop. From all the fine whiskey I could of choose from I felt this drop would of hit the spot. How wrong could I be , this whiskey is utter hogwash , the only thing right about it is the colour . It's about as smooth is as a the Rocky Mountains and taste like it should cost 25$ a bottle. Avoid at all cost especially in Australia at 70$ a bottle !!!

4th March 2016

If it's not broke don't fix it

I've read the press... This is meant to attract people to whisky. Sorry but someone was jesting with you if this past the taste tests! I'm going to miss the 12 year old. At least I've got a bottle stashed away. Please don't touch the 18 year old which is my favourite!

26th February 2016

Utter crap

What a joke. No body, pure waste of money

19th February 2016

Accountant's Reserve

The expected result when accountants make marketing decisions.
To not have the integrity to ascribe an age to the product is selling the public short.
Have been drinking the 12 Year Old for 40+ years.
There are alternatives, you short-sighted accountants.

14th February 2016


Having heard people say this is similar to the 12 year old, then gone and at a bottle, I'm baffled. It's a young whisky, hardly comparable, which one would think ?

10th February 2016

Very smooth

I don't understand all the negative reviews. I found it to be very smooth and quite tasty. Next time, I'm buying two bottles.

9th February 2016

Broken and immature

No nose, no complexity, poor finish and an aftertaste that resembles aviation fuel. ...... sorry boys, but you are doing it wrong

6th February 2016

Mr George

Its ok, but it is not up to your 12 year old

5th February 2016


Same price as 12yo but falls far short on quality. Can tell straight from the off that this is mainly a young whisky. 6 maybe 7 years?

4th February 2016


Not worth its price poor representation bring back the 12

2nd February 2016

Mr Ian

Awful stuff. Very disappointing. Burns the tongue.

1st February 2016

No expert

Tastes weak. Not a lot of flavor. I feel Glenlivet 12 is the best bang for your buck and this is a disappointment.

1st February 2016


I am a fan of Glenlivet 12 year and saw this in the store at a similar price point. I was looking for something I had not tried and gave it a shot. I was disappointed from the first taste. To me, this was almost undrinkable neat. While it as passable on the rocks I would not purchase again. I found a similar or more pleasurable experience in drinking cheaper scotches.

28th January 2016


I prefer non-smoky (peated) sweet and smooth scotch, which is why I prefer speyside whiskies. That's exactly what I got with this bottle. I don't claim to be a scotch expert, but I am an experienced whisky drinker. One must remember that this is not an ordinary scotch, as it is aged in American bourbon barrels. Perhaps this is why in partial to it while these Europeans are not.

21st January 2016


A fancy name for a 6 year old whisky put on the market as a money making scheme. Shame on you glenlivet you will lose customers!

20th January 2016

Its GREAT!.. If you're in prison.

..Falls short immediately after initial palate
..Not Horrible! But, fool me once, and you know the rest..

17th January 2016


I have to admit, my tastes lie elsewhere. But for a Glenlivet I'm inclined to think the founder wasn't reserving this. He didn't want it bottled! Or maybe he was going to brand it differently. It's not horrible, just not what I expected from Glenlivet.

16th January 2016

A Step down

Thin compared to the 12yo

15th January 2016

The reviews are too harsh

The reviews here are far too harsh. It definitely deserves 6/10 (and i'm voting ten to counteract the ones). The whiskey is very drinkable: very sweet, fruity and quite strong. I got the bottle as a gift and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an expensive bottle so your money may be better spent elsewhere. Don't spend more than 30 Euros on this one.

14th January 2016

So surprised...and not in a good way

This first thing that hits you is the alcohol, just like a neat grain spirit. After that the tones, if there were any, are lost.

It's a mixer and no better and there are a number of cheap blends out there that taste and satisfy fair better.

If this were a blind taste this would have been at the cheap end of mass produced Whisky, sorry but true.

11th January 2016

A nicely rounded drop.

A good, tasty drop of malt, a sweet and strong taste that continues into the aftertaste.

10th January 2016

Doing fine in Quebec City (Canada)

Nous avons fait notre party de Noël dans la grande salle de conférence.
Au menu des nombreuses boissons, 6 sortes différentes de Whisky recommandées dans un magazine spécialisé.
Le Glenlivet Founder's Reserve a tellement été le préféré des 44 invités dégustateurs que les 10 bouteilles se sont vite débouchées et vidées.
Je ne sais pas si mon commentaire sera lu par Glenlivet, mais je peux quand même confirmer qu'au party de Noël 2016, ce ne sera que du Glenlivet Founder's Reserve comme Whisky. Je préfère garder secret le nom des autres sortes de Whisky qui étaient offertes aux invités.

Bonne et Heureuse Année 2016 à tous.

Roberto di Chatodo xx

5th January 2016


Very poor replacement for a wonderful 12 YO. Will struggle to find a malt that I enjoyed more. I for one am prepared to pay that little bit more, for what in my opinion is a far far superior malt.

3rd January 2016

It's not that bad.

Honestly, as others have stated, the 12yr is definitely the superior of the two. I'd also agree, I'm more likely to purchase a blended whisky before this one for the same price point. That said, it was a reasonably good whisky and if I saw it at the pub I'd likely order a glass.

31st December 2015

Not that bad! But not that good either!

I picked it up in a Supermarket for £22 (sorry MoM) and at that price it's reasonable. Yes it's young but I don't find it completely unpleasant. That said, it is in no way a suitable replacement for the 12 year old and if it's the intention to replace that with this I'm out. I don't have a problem with NAS whisky per se if it's used as an entry level bottling at a price point below age statement bottles, replacing the 12 with this is frankly not on.

31st December 2015

Come on guys.

Very enjoyable as a session drink at a party, you can splash this around without shedding a tear when someone drowns in in water.
Prise wise it's brilliant at £24, ok it's not a aged single malt and dose not calm to be so I don't get when the whisky snobs are in sutch a Huff. Maybe they paid £35 online?

30th December 2015


Great whiskey, smooth and fruity, better to drink without ice.

30th December 2015

Nasty Pear Drops

Typical 'no age statement' whisky falling below par on account of hurried maturation. I get a sweet Pear Drops confectionary flavour that is neither satisfying nor pleasant. Most of the UK supermarkets have been selling this at under £20 as a bargain malt. It's so bad I wouldn't touch at any price.

29th December 2015

Bloody awful

This just will not do. I have drunk many, many different whiskies over the years -blends, single malts, grain, bourbons, name it, I've drunk it and this is the worst I have have ever had the displeasure to pour down my neck.
I have to admit that I've never been a fan of Glenlivet, but nonetheless I thought I'd give it fair crack, mainly because my stepdaughter bought it in good faith knowing that I'm a whisky man. I have tasted it now and is dreadful. I cannot believe that a heritage-brand distiller such as Glenlivet would issue such an appalling whisky.
I am no whisky snob -I love Bells and Teachers and Grants Family Reserve and many other so-called low-brow whisky blends, but all of these are a country mile better than this rancid brew.
What on earth has possessed Glenlivet to release this bastard, I JUST DO NOT KNOW! -I seriously thought I was drinking a glass of three day old corked white wine or some el-cheapo £3.99 sherry, it really was that bad. Whatever my step-daughter paid for this rubbish was 100% too much. If this was my introduction to whisky I would ever touch another drop.
Shame on you Glenlivet -if this was your attempt to bag some floating punters who might otherwise have bought rum or brandy or something else, this is an epic failure and an embarrassment to your great name.
Drain cleaner -no better.

27th December 2015

Ignore the critics this is a decent whisky

I usually drink Ardbeg 10 or Jura Superstition and this is nowhere near as nice as they are, but it's still a very drinkable whisky. A bit sharp and not very complex it does have a nice clean crispness to it. The flavour doesn't really hang around for long but at least if you don't like it there's no lingering aftertaste. I bought it because it was on offer and to be honest I wouldn't pay full price for it when there are better drams in the price range, but if you find it cheap or someone buys it for you, don't be a snob and just enjoy.

27th December 2015


my wife bought my bottle for xmas and paid a premium price nz$140 its appalling and i had to lie to her iv enjoyed the 12yr old exclusively for many years no other whiskey would do so i cracked it with great anticipation truly its too disappointing to drink it gets half a star for the bottle mr winchester please explain

27th December 2015

Just been given this for Christmas!

Not what I expected at all. Yes it's smooth, but it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste down the side of my tongue. It is no where near as good as the 10 or 12 year olds or the competition in the same price range . If this was the Founders Reserve no-one would have heard of Glenlivet. (Doesn't even taste good in coffee!)

26th December 2015

One of the nicest finish

Very smooth flavour of apples hint of honey

26th December 2015

Horrible! Sean

I received a bottle for Christmas and I was really looking forward to trying it. I had high hopes, perhaps an improvement on the 12 year? Or would it be complex like like Highland Park, with hints of toffee like Aberlour or sweet and sherried like Balvenie? I was utterly disappointed finding it to be slightly sweet with a harsh with an unpleasant almost 'industrial' aftertaste. Clearly the lack of an age indicates that this whisky is green and hasn't been properly matured. I certainly won't buy another bottle. I'm not even sure what to do with the one I have! I won't be drinking it. I'll either pour it away or worse still sacrilegiously use it as mixer its that bad!

25th December 2015

Does not replace 12-y-o

Non-vintage, bland and disappointing

25th December 2015


Just finished my second glass, no it's not the best nor is it the worst whisky. If you want better, then pay £15 more a bottle! It's a decent honest malt, judging by the feedback, it's not for the officianodos, but for me ( 30 years drinking the stuff) it's better than just ok. Dont believe all the feedback on here! I would buy another bottle

24th December 2015

Yes, it REALLY is that bad

Don't fall for the odd good review. I promise you - this whisky is BAD bad. I'd genuinely rather have an average blend. I don't know what the people below are smoking, but I have been drinking single malt for years and have tried over 50 varieties, and I can say hand on heart that this whisky is hollow, insepid, and coarse. Even comparing to similar 'desert' malts, such as Dalwhinnie, this is no comparison. It is not a patch on the Glenlivet 12. Also, how bl**dy old is it? Why the mystery!? That's telling enough! I really should have spent more time at the shop, but I was rushed off my feet. Never again! Dear Glenlivet - a shame upon your house!

24th December 2015


I have always enjoyed your 12 year old and counted it a favourite. This new 'Founder's Reserve' must see him turning in his grave. It is dreadful. No more Glenlivet for me unless you bring back the 12 year old.

23rd December 2015

Not the best but very good

If you look for a light flavour, nice tasting and smooth whisky this is the one for you. I paid it £22 and it's really good for the price. If you're looking for an amazing single malt with peculiarities of course it's not your choice. But hey, you don't always want to drink the best, sometimes quality combined with a good bang for the buck is enough!

22nd December 2015


Love it

20th December 2015

The middle is missing

The best way I can think to describe this is to say that the middle of the whisky seems to be missing. You get that initial whisky hit on the tongue and a long afterburn but in between there is just ... Nothing. Just a sort of whisky flavoured water. It actually feels thin in the mouth. As a sort of bog standard daily whisky it works but it's priced as something better than that , so no.

19th December 2015

Wouldn't buy again

Got this as it was on offer but rather disappointing, will stick with my favourite Highland Park 12 in future.

18th December 2015

No comparison

I have been drinking Glenlivet 12 year old for many a year, so tried Glenlivet founders reserve and to be honest was very disappointed, it will not ever replace the 12 year old.
Words come to mind rubbish and a good waste of Scottish water which was used to produce it

16th December 2015

Poor scotch

This is simply a money grab by the maker to get people to buy a very inferior product.

14th December 2015

Mr C

I was a great fan of the 12 year old. I now need to find a new favourite malt as this is not.

13th December 2015

Little to commend this malt

Very young, very green and spirity. Almost grassy on the palate. Cooking whisky, little more. Avoid!

11th December 2015


Whisky The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve to strzał w dziesiątkę. Smaki łączą się w niej idealnie. Bukiet smakowy bardziej jak poprawny:) Polecam trunek. To whisky pełne smaków. Degustacja to przyjemność. POLECAM

9th December 2015

Allan of Montreal

Our friends at Glenlivet will only learn the hard way. At best a sub par expression of Glenlivet, this "gift" is a far cry fron the traditional 12 year old that was my introduction into the world of single malts. Back to the drawing board Glenlivet.

8th December 2015

very boring

It is a very dull, without much flavor

8th December 2015


Picked up a half bottle of this for £10. Bargain? No it is not . Sweet and grainy like a cheap blend. Avoid.

7th December 2015

Insipid and flavourless

I was very sorry to have bought this, and even more sorry to hear that this will be replacing the 12 year as the entry level Glenlivet. It starts off plain and uninspiring before progressing to an uncomfortable alcoholic burn at the end. It has no subtlety or texture to it, and is a terrible insult to the Glenlivet brand - a sad indictment of a world where the need to satisfy growing demand overpowers the need for quality. I would rate it as better than a Johnny Walker Red, but it's nevertheless destined for use as a mixer in my house.

7th December 2015

Keep it on the shelf

I bought this the other night and can only express complete disappointment in the product.

The best comment reading below is "In both smell and taste, you can still feel the raw unmatured whisky that is being poured into the casks for maturing". Great comment.

Don't waste your money (or try as an entry level Scotch). There are plenty of whiskys (both Scotch and not) that are worlds above this product. Might be good for mixing with ginger ale.

7th December 2015

Tastes Very Immature Right on The Palate

Definitely needs more time for maturation. Rough on the finish like a cheap whisky. Not impressed. Will just stick to the Glen 15 from now on if 12 being replaced.

5th December 2015

Growing on Me Dram

Tried it neat during a whisky tasting the other night. Didn't care for it as I tasted too much banana, cinnamon, orange spice and not enough of typical whisky. You know, smoke, vanilla, toasted grain, toffee, etc... I went back to it Thanksgiving night with a splash of cold water...what a difference! I got vanilla, toasted marshmallow, toffee, a little oak smoke and yes, some honeysuckle. Not a bad dram at all.

3rd December 2015

Too young, too raw, too expensive

In both smell and taste, you can still feel the raw unmatured whisky that is being poured into the casks for maturing. This is not very pleasant feeling, it loudly shouts "i'm cheap, I'm young". You can, however, already feel some carmel back in the nose, and a delicate characteristics of the oak, but this is still light, much still in the process of developing.

This stuff is young indeed, yet the price is actually higher than 12-years-old (if you can still find it). It does not make sense to buy this whisky in my humble opinion. Probably the experience is best if you mix it with cola and add some ice, still - the price does not make sense.

29th November 2015

Not so bad

For the price i'd say it's a fair deal. The smell is pretty enjoyable and it's not the most complex of all but it's really far from bad. I think people are just angry about the 12yo going out of market.

26th November 2015


Feel bad for all the markets that this is going to be replacing the 12 yr old in. Nasty Stuff. Please leave the 12 yr alone in Canada!

23rd November 2015


Dissapointed that I haven't been able to find an age anywhere on the bottle or box, but saying that it's still palatable.

21st November 2015

Sickly with strange after taste. Sharp tang that lingers.

Purchased instead of the 12 yo by my good lady because it read "Glenlivet" on the label. My fault!
As a single malt person, along with a good Irish triple distilled, I thought it deserves a try as I never take things
as advertised but, what transpired was not what I thought would come from Speyside!
I thank my lucky stars I added a little water before tasting as it came across quite sickly and sweet and had no depth of body like a good aged Speyside Malt.
I can't recommend this tipple, sorry! To drown it with coke or another soft drink, as mentioned in other reviews, shows what it needs something added to be drunk but, not necessarily enjoyed.
What next? A blue or red bottle?
Let the master distillers of whisky .... make good whisky and you will only go from strength to strength.
My best regards.

15th November 2015

Mr Steve Molyneux

Sorry to say been drinking Glenlivet for years give this one a miss its all wrong

14th November 2015

Yes, it need water !

Here in Quebec (Canada), scotch is way out of reach. A good bottle is more than 60 Euros. Just a comparison, the Glenlivet 18 years old, which is listed here at 48 Euros, is 87 Euros. So a scotch, a Glenlivet, for 29 Euros (same price here)? Got to try. My first thoughts were that I lost my money. But then, I remembered an old friend saying that putting just a bit of water on a scotch makes all the flavors come alive. That's it : a bit of water and now I can enjoy a pretty good scotch every day.

10th November 2015


It has its own flavour...on a clean palate, but thats about all.
If this product is to be sold along side the 12 year, as a cheaper substitute, then fine.
But if its meant to replace the 12 year (or not offered), these guys are out of their minds! lol
Theres no way Im spending my hard earned dollars on a mediocre product, thats only a few dollars cheaper then
the 12 year old.
If the 12 is not offered in my country, I ll simply switch to something else...not worth the price!
And for Glenlivet.....just remember the "New Coke" experiment...

9th November 2015

Needs water

At first i was really disappointed by this. I am new to scotch, just bought 3 bottles (GF12 an GM10 also). This NAS was a lot worse then the other two. But if you add a little water, it becomes quite a good scotch (as far as i know). The differce is huge, so try it!

5th November 2015

Glen "don't live it"

No depth what so ever I was disappointed and quite frankly let down by what as always been a reliable quaffing stalwart. Normally I would not put ice any where near a decent malt...put ice in this one!!

4th November 2015

Nice job by the masters of Glenlivet

Compared to the good old 12yo, this is different; of course. But you need to appreciate the whisky for what it is - a NAS that's well made for the typical consumer they had in mind for it.

We are not the typical consumer of this whisky, but enthusiasts who like to challenge every dram available. With the resources available and the segmentation Glenlivet had in mind, this is a nice job, therefore rated 3/5.

5th October 2015

Dr Nigel Tinsley

A mistake. A bit too harsh and edgy - like a matured Bells. I don't like this at all. In no way comparable to 12 year old product which remains my favourite.

5th October 2015

Confused ?

Got myself a bottle and their's not much difference between this and the old 12, but for the price I paid 32 pound, I could have picked up the 15 for a few more quid ?.

4th October 2015

Just lovely

OK, it's not the 12 year old that we all love and I will miss it but this is just lovely. A tad sweeter than what I'm used to but I accept it for what it is and at the time of writing a major supermarket chain has it on offer for £23 a bottle so I will be stocking up.

2nd October 2015

So Much Snobbery

This is a fine dram. I dont know what others have been tasting but it cant be the same stuff as me! Sure its different than the 12 but its also very similar in many aspects. Dont let all these NAS snobs put you off of this one as it is a perfectly fine single malt

28th September 2015

A pleasant surprise

Isn't taste subjective?
I'm a casual, but firm fan of the original.
For my pallete, this is an extention of the original, it retains a few characteristics of the original. It's different, new and has a lot going on.
It is a bit harder, and rougher but the aftertaste is electric.
Warmed in the hand, it releases a lot more of its potential and after about 6 bottles, I have to say its now a favourite.

Embrace change!!

Don't compare it too much to the original. Just try it without expectation.

19th September 2015

not worth the money

The 12 YO was my main drink until now so this is a huge disappointment. The brigands at the supermarket replaced the 12 YO with this crap but at the same price and I'm not going to buy this anymore.
Tastes rough and immature... I will probably use the rest of the bottle for cocktails.

15th September 2015

Dont Understand the Negative Reviews

Dont be put off by all the negative reviews on this one.. Tastes almost identical and on the same level as the 12 yr old.. And depending on your pallette it may be even better.

7th September 2015


Smells like Old Smuggler and tastes like Scottish Clan. Why on Earth did you do this?

5th September 2015

Clankingly horrible, the Blue Nun of Scotch

I usually resist NAS expressions, not because young is necessarily bad (Benromach 5 is excellent) but on principle, my token protest against the NAS slide into homogeneity and deceit. However, a mate bought a bottle and although it was one-dimensional it was alright so at the price I bought another and it's utterly horrid - so that's far from homogeneous, but not in a good way.
Day One was a write-off, completely unpalatable so I let it breathe / open up and crossed my fingers.
Day Two:
Nose: the inside of a 13 amp plug, cheap metal and new plastic; as though there's been an electrical fire; dust burning on the bars of a long-unused electric fire.
Palate: harsh, brittle; packet-mix creme caramel without the nice custardy bit and only the bitter caramel topping with the sugar removed; shudder it down or spit it out.
Finish: mercifully abrupt, but then so is a gunshot wound.
Overall impression: properly nasty, my new least favourite dram.
I'm going the way I did with Macallan and won't buy Glenlivet without an age statement.

3rd September 2015

greg davidson emu plains

Does not compare to 12yo. Nowhere near as smooth. Will have to force myself not to waste rest of bottle. A real shame. Bring back the 12 yo as quick as possible. Will never buy another bottle of Founders Reserve.

2nd September 2015

Good starter whisky

I'm confused by the reviews. I actually really like this and prefer it to the 12 year old. Smooth and sweet.

Would be a nice introduction to whisky, nice after a sweet desert.

1st September 2015


Loved it...nice burn, let's you know something is moving down your neck versus the insipid G12..

29th August 2015


Glenlivet founders reserve was "very" surprising. A very deserving Scotch taste in every respect. Excellent with a little crushed ice to enhance the smoky honey flavours of this astonishing Highland Scotch. Going back to stock up, will be favourite in my cellar. I really wonder what the others are tasting.

28th August 2015


I was intrigued seeing this on the shelf, curious by the labelling. I figured the 12yr old was good and this was a bit more expensive so should be better. An absolute disaster of a drink. What to do with the remaining 650mls?

23rd August 2015


Discovered it, at 28€, in a French supermarket. Suspicious that no age was mentioned (instead there's a bold "ESTd. 1824" on the label!). Tried it anyway. Smells & tastes rough & immature. Gave me indigestion & headache. Sad if this has replaced The Glenlivet 12 year old.

17th August 2015

Supermarket Special

Glenlivet is a solid brand but what a shame that they should get into the con tactics of the large conglomerates i.e. rrp £35 always on bleeding offer, no age verification and sadly a less superior product to its successful Dad the 12 yr old. Try it, to see for yourself but you will be disappointed.

17th August 2015


avoid avoid avoid. Needs at least 5 more years in the cask. Bleugh

11th August 2015

Great with coke

This whiskey is fantastic with diet coke and ice....

9th August 2015

Took a punt, but should have read these reviews

I have to agree with the majority of views from my learned brethren here. Took a punt based on price, advertised for 20 quid from rrp of £35. No depth of flavour that fails to build on the palate. blatantly not aged like the 12y o. Probably 8 at best. tasted better with ginger ale but if you're going to do that might as well by a litre of bell's

7th August 2015

Very poor

Bring back the standard 12 yo, this needs more time in the cask. Undercooked. Fear for glenlivet if this is to be their standard offering

6th August 2015

A huge disappointment for Aussie Macca

I am sorry to report that the Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is a huge disappointment. My favourite whisky without peer is (was) the 12YO, as it was silky smooth with the complex citrus, heather, honey and light smoky characteristics which, to my palate, made it the best value for money whisky in the world. The Founder's Reserve is simply not a great single malt; it is at best adequate, but ultimately disappointing. There are a number of lower-priced blended Scotches which far surpass this for smoothness and taste; both initial and savoured. Sorry, but to quote from another great British institution - I "Won't Get Fooled Again"!

2nd August 2015


I was surprised to see that there was no age on the label or back label. That suggested that the bean counters had been at work to reduce the average age. The tasting notes on the box were incredibly misleading. AT our family tasting (2 Scots from Muir of Ord and one from Dingwall), none of us could taste "sweet" (ours was a shade bitter), "notes of orange and pears" (someone must have snorted before their tasting), Candy and toffee apples" (what rubbish). And there was a discernibly lingering flavour of aniseed...which made us wonder if the importer (Pernod) hadn't cleaned the filling lines. Sorry. Will not be going back to an old favourite.

2nd August 2015


Not that great :(

31st July 2015


Very very disappointed. Bring back the 12 yr old.

23rd July 2015


bad bad bad

21st July 2015

Not the end of the world

Love the 12 yr old and decided I had to try this to see what all the fuss was about. of course it's not a 12 yr old as we know it, but honestly I really didn't mind it. I suppose a change in the distilling methods of one of our favourite tipples is always going to draw negative feedback, especially with those who have been savouring Glenlivet 12 yr old for many years.
As someone eluded to previously, this would be a fine summer drink, especially here in Australia an I would purchase it long as the price remains realistic. How old is it though, surely it can't be such a secret!

19th July 2015


I've always believed in the mantra; 'there is no bad whisky, just whisky that is better than others' until now. This has nothing going for it what so ever. I find it difficult to expand on this point; the whisky is just a huge let down - and the price! I paid £18 using a voucher and still feel tipped off, if I paid the retail price of ~£35 I would have been gutted. I'd never tell someone to avoid whisky, after all sampling a new whisky is always a learning experience but trust me; avoid this one.

17th July 2015


I wonder if many of the reviews are tainted by the fact it's a replacement for THE Glenlivet? As a dram in its own right it's very drinkable and seems to be available for £20 in most places! I've paid far more for far worse!
A great bottle to have around for new whisky drinkers as well

15th July 2015

may this be temporary...

I am so disappointed in this whisky I'm not sure what to do with the remainder.

12th July 2015


Glenlivet should be ashamed to put there name to this bland disappointment . Bring back yhe 12 year old

10th July 2015

How can the same company out out nadurra

I recently discovered cask strength nadurra and i love it. the 12 yr old has always been my go to for solid value single malt.

The latest variant deserves to sit amongst the blended mixers of medium quality.
in a word.. it's underwhelming.

What makes it worse is its from a distillery with a solid reputation for decen
t scotch.

in the search for new markets or market share, I feel the reputation it's built on will be diluted quickly. all that is left of the TV campaign as per johnny walker

10th July 2015


Wife said she was going to the bottle shop and asked if I wanted anything. "Just pick up a Glenlivet if it's on special", I said.

Well, she picked up this instead of the Glenlivet 12 and was I sorry. How they can put their name to this is beyond me. I literally couldn't drink it.

Another classic bites the dust. I went out and bought a bottle of Talisker instead - 10 dollars more but oh so worth it.

10th July 2015

Glenlivet 12

Put the age of the bottle OR TAKE IT OFF THE SHELVES. I drank 12 year Glenlivet for the last 10 years - this Founder's Reserve (which is much more expensive) seems like a con. I will be changing my whiskey habits.

9th July 2015


Poor quality malt, no depth of flavour. A lot of sales gobbledegook used in the promotion of this 3rd rate product. I have enjoyed The Glenlivet for close on 50 years and if this poor quality product is to replace it them I will have to look elsewhere for my dram.

4th July 2015

sickly syrupy swill

not a patch on the 12yo. In fact, not a patch on anything at all...sickly, syrupy swill in a fancy bottle. Wouldn't give it to a mangy dog. It's a joke!

3rd July 2015

great bottle

I really like this one, but not a great fan of the 12 year old, so don`t be put off by the comments on here,

28th June 2015

poor replacement for the 12 year old

Founders reserve is light and inoffensive possibly targeting new whisky drinkers and in that regard it is far better and cheaper than a well known rival in a blue bottle. However it is bland and totally lacking in any depth. It is not a patch on the 12 year old which I have always seen as a staple. I am gutted that another no age statement variant replaces a classic.

23rd June 2015

Cut the crap

Does that release mean that all malts are to fit the price expectations of the asian markets? Disappointing and sad

23rd June 2015

basic introduction whisky

I bought this by mistake as the light blue packaging is very similar to other far better variants. It is a light no age statement whisky for just over £20. It is inoffensive but has little depth so may be suited to whisky newbies. In it's favour it is far better than another introductory whisky in a blue bottle for almost twice the money. That said I won't be buying it again

21st June 2015

Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

It isn't as good as the 12 year old but it isn't as bad as the reviews on here suggest either. It's worth a go if you can get it in the low £20's.

21st June 2015

Not so bad

Not sure why there's so much hostility towards this release. Too sweet and fruity for my taste but you certainly get a lot of complexity for the price tag.

20th June 2015

On offer at Morrisons for £20

already slashed in price in respect of the dearly loved 12 Y.O

18th June 2015

Mr whisky.

There were some watered down similarities to the 12, but sadly this seems to be a trend now, younger whiskies at a full price.

15th June 2015

Sir Michael Ford

enjoyed this addition to the excellent malts this distillery produces. Lovely colouring and finish. Have laid down a few bottles for the Hon Alexander

15th June 2015


You don't need to be an expert to understand that is trash. Very sad, Glenlivet.

14th June 2015

Glenlivet 15 miles better

Only got this because it was on special offer but honestly wouldn't buy again.

13th June 2015

So glad I'm not alone

I was afraid it was Just Me when I turned up my nose at this offering, but better head out and beat the bushes for the remaining bottles of the 12 YO in the market, like losing a friend.

8th June 2015

No Age Statement

Expensive for what it is.The age should be on all single malts.

4th June 2015

Very poor

not a patch on the 12yo

31st May 2015

From the company who told us 'Age Matters'?

My score reflects the RRP of £37, which is at at premium to the 12. I got it for £20, which is fair enough but this really is no replacement for the 12. The nose has lost refinement and presence. The pear drops and pineapple notes people mention are esters, a sign of young whisky or inactive casks, in this case the former. The palate is fruity but becomes a little hot. And the finish is short.

Whisky lovers should see the writing on the wall, the market is being hollowed out. The answer? Be more savvy with your purchases and perhaps be open to other brown spirits like rum and Armagnac.

29th May 2015

Another big name bites the dust...

We the consumers are being treated as fools these days. Yes, the whisky world is changing, but no, this is not the right way to change. This is a very poor whisky and a very hefty price tag. KEEP CLEAR.

28th May 2015

A race to the bottom. 12yo is MUCh better.

We are living in a new world of Scotch. Sad to see even the mighty Glenlivet races to the bottom. FR lacks the punch of the 12yo. I must place it between a blend and an 8yo single malt. - Toronto Tim.

23rd May 2015

Not Great

This is a much younger whisky than the 12 year old can you pick it up on the taste, not bad but for the price I wouldn't buy it again, Poor.

20th May 2015


What are they doing?? Founders Resreve ? I don't think so. ! Not a patch on the 12 year old THE Glenlivet. Very very disappointing - if you are a Glenlivet man, buy all the 12 year old you can before it disappears in the summer.

15th May 2015

Pear-Drops spoil the flavour

This has plenty of nice fresh fruit flavours but is spoilt by the Pear-Drop confectionary note that is quite strong throughout. I also get some pineapple, but pears and chocolate are the main flavours here. The good news is that they are using more active casks than the old 12 year old that I always found so dull on the palate. I certainly would not pay any more than the 12 year-old and only bought this as it was on offer at under £20. Unfortunately I was so impressed with the price that I bought more bottles than I shall drink. If they could somehow get rid of the pear-drops element this would be a most refreshing summer dram.

30th April 2015

So disappointing

The 12 was never amazing, but this is sad.

10th April 2015

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