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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 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.

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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

Drinkable dram. I’ve paid more for far worse and this was a gift I’ll enjoy

The amount of people on here who are far too snobby about a drink we all enjoy is shocking- you’d think they had any experience making a whisky! The “entry level” comments always amuse me 😂. As if there’s some ranking to personal taste for alcohol. - Guinness, a great entry level stout- never gets said.

Is it to my taste like an Islay single cask cask strength drunk out of a glencairn glass with 3 drops of water from a dropper.

No. But it was. A present, you can spend far far more for a sweet speyside dram that in a blind tasting most of the 1* reviews would not be able to distinguish. I sip it neat, or with a mixer. Buy it, enjoy it. It’s scotch single malt whisky.

8th August 2021

Tried it again. Still horrific.

My second review of this whiskey. Nothing has changed, sadly. Don't give them your money, buy a fish & chip instead.

1st August 2021

Worth-a-try

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is exceptionally well-balanced and smooth single malt - value for money.

27th July 2021

5 Stars

One of the best scotch I have ever tried, starting from noise to finish loved its every characteristic.

The Nose is absolutely stunning which is soft & tempting.
The palate is sweet with a hint of some species which tastes perfect...!
Finish can't be perfect then this smooth, soft and little bit of sweetness.

4th July 2021

Another NAS Supermarket Cheapie OK if CHEAP

OK if cheap, I have seen it down to £22 in supermarket promos, but not sub £20.

You could try adding one tiny tot of dry Oloroso sherry to the bottle and leaving it for a few weeks. It might fill it out a bit-but don’t blame me if you don’t like it!

I do hope MoM are wrong about Glenlivet using this to replace their venerable 12 YO. I don’t like the French Oak and the 18 is now a tad pricy

8th June 2021

Buy something else

I was given this as a present and all I can say is I am pleased I did not waste any money on it. I certainly will never buy it and will be giving it to my elderly mum who will drink it with ginger ale. It has no flavour but there is a harsh chemical aftertaste. I would pick up the standard bottle of Bells over this any time. I have not had any Glenlivet for quite some time, and won't be having any more either. Shocking.

8th June 2021

Horrid stuff

Young, harsh and lacking in flavour, a really disappointing offering from Glenlivet, expressions like this do nothing but cheapen the brand reputation, don’t buy.

2nd June 2021

Poor

Artificial almost banana like sweetness. Despite not being strong enough there is an offensive aftertaste and whiff of acetone. An embarrassment to single malt scotch whisky.

24th May 2021

Bang for Buck 5/5

So much anger and biased opinions based on emotion vs. Experience. This is a nas single malt that knocks it out the park. So many these days are looking for reasons to slag the Scotch industry, but in this case you should thank Glenlivet for an affordable and delicious dram. SLAINTHE, and ignore the snobs, it's a beauty!

23rd May 2021

Dire

Any review over 2* must be from a bot or someone who has mistaken this bottle for something else. Dire stuff, no flavour just burn. Very obviously not a day over 3 years old. Avoid

14th May 2021

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