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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 nice and smooth

Found this a very pleasant dram on my Saturday night and a great price. Please ignore the bad reviews some have added. I live beside all the Speyside distilleries and a lot of the staff laugh at some of the comments on sites like these from people who talk the talk but haven’t a clue. Buy and enjoy

13th February 2021

Good deal for the price point...

Fruity and sweet, very smooth whisky. Good deal for the price point, surprisingly pleasant, easy to drink. Maybe too well balanced to have some more remarkable character. Very enjoyable and light, most probably best on the rocks...

11th February 2021

A pleasent change

Smooth and doesn't leave you sounding like a pirate when you talk, love definitely switching

14th January 2021

So smooth

I love whiskey but I have never been a scotch person. I can honestly say this is the first scotch I really truly enjoy! It's super smooth with great baquet of flavors. I drink it neat and find it hard to stop once I've started. I don't understand the some of the negative reviews I've read, I think it's fabulous and will be returning for more!

12th January 2021

Warm, sweet and easy

I think 3 out of 5 is fair for it's price point. You get vanilla, fruit, slightly floral and very sweet. You get that it's an oak cask without it being overpowering like some others at the price. Admittedly, it isn't an overly complex whisky. A distinctive warmth and creaminess. I'm not getting the same alcohol 'burn' others describe and personally think some of the reviews it's getting are a bit harsh, comparing it to blends etc. I would say it's an everyday dram, suited to those who like it sweet and perhaps beginners who are looking for something a little more straightforward on the pallete. No real complaints, particularly if found for under £30. Perhaps not comparable to others in the Glenlivet range however.

9th January 2021

Pleasant but there are many. many better malts.

Pleasant enough but lacking depth of flavour and character.

30th December 2020

Complete and utter rubbish

Got to be one if the worst malts I have tasted. Worse than many blended whisky.

25th December 2020


Very good !!!🙌

25th December 2020

Great value

Not normally a single malt drinker, but decided to try this. I have to say that, with a cube of ice, this is one of the nicest spirits I have tried. I am not sophisticated enough to 'get' the notes but I will say that this tastes great and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

24th December 2020

Quite nice

Bought it today - I was actually looking for the 12 yo, had no idea that they had replaced it with this. I am definitely getting the vanilla, a little bit of citrus rind and a touch of warm spices on the nose. Tastes like alcohol (duh), slightly fruity, slightly sweet; finishes with a bit of a coffee note. I don't get any smoke in this. Keep in mind that taste (and smell, for that matter) are subjective as hell. I am enjoying it neat; I'll carry on sipping now, happy holidays everyone.

22nd December 2020

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