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The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

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Glenlivet Founder's Bottling Note

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve single malt Scotch whisky 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

enjoyable and affordable

IGNORE the negative reviews from the Whisky snobs. Smooth, easy drinking, yes not complex, but completely pleasant. The best in this price point that I've had.

25th February 2023

Very nice

dont think Glen12 or 15 here but instead something different. Yet very pleasant smooth, nothing over powering at all and certainly lives on the lighter side but just the right amount of everything. Good taste and good slight aftertaste. Very nice.

23rd January 2023

this one is below on the whisky list

pretty basic whisky.
its just vanilla, citrus, bit of orange nose.
smooth and typical spicy whisky finish.

6th December 2022


Love the aroma, and has a robust palate.
My favourite Single Malt Scotch Whisky!

4th June 2022

Excellent at the price.

I think this whisky has improved over time. I bought a bottle when it was first introduced, I was very unimpressed. I bought again yesterday and I get better vibes. A lovely smooth, sweet dram. Very approachable and straightforward. If you tried this five or six years ago, give it another try. You might just be surprised. I certainly will.

28th February 2022

Vindicated by the notes

I didnt like this at first. Too harsh bitter and ethanol up front. After leaving open for a few months and then drinking with a single small ice cube, i can now enjoy. And I do enjoy. Some nice flavours. The tasting notes above are fairly accurate if not a little elaborate. I get nice pear and toffee with some orange peel turning things slightly too bitter even still. Probably won't buy again buy will finish the bottle for sure!

15th February 2022

Bland, bland bland!

The Glenlivet was one of my least favourite malts years ago, but I was recently given a bottle of this as a Christmas present. Not to seem ungrateful; but I wish the gifter had paid some attention to which brand(s) I usually drink. Anyway, I can find no saving graces in this 'reserve' (reserved for the undiscerning whisky novice perhaps?). It's just sweet and fiery at the same time, with no complexity. A slightly fruity, citrus nose, followed by almost no palate appeal. The sweetness dominates and could easily come from adding a dash of syrup to a cheap grain whisky blend. Finish? What finish?

31st January 2022


This seemed quite nice at first. Smooth, quite complex for the money but with a little too much raw oak to my taste.
Sadly, a persistent banana flavour came through after a short time and I changed my opinion. I did not really enjoy this.
I was surprised by the polarisation in the reviews below at first and I can only understand it if there is a lot of batch variation.

23rd January 2022

Smooth and good for the price.

Smooth and good for the price.

19th December 2021

All good

Great NOAS single malt. Anyone who says otherwise has no idea what they are talking about

17th December 2021

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