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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.

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 good

For me is one of the best

1st May 2021

Cheap and pleasant but not a great malt.

A pleasant drink - very smooth with lots of honey, vanilla, and caramel. Good value at less than half price from a major supermarket (why so cheap??) but not what I expected and not a great malt.

16th April 2021

OK at under half price.

Smooth and full of honey, vanilla, and caramel. A pleasant drink, especially on offer at under £20 per bottle but not what I expected and not a great malt whisky.

16th April 2021

Pleased with this new version of my 12 year old Scotch.

1824 Reserve is in Florida and has been for a while. It is less expensive than the previous regular 12 year old. It is excellent and I would not think of putting ice in it. I am not a billionaire, nor am I poor. This Scotch fills the bill very nicely.


5th April 2021

Nice dram

A lovely warm fruity sweet single malt, with a hint of toffee

4th April 2021

A nasty way to get a headache

There must be two versions of this whisky? I was given a bottle for my birthday and on the night sat down to 'enjoy' a glass. It was vitually undrinkable. Very thin, with just a faint alcohol smell and the taste was equally uninspiring - no complexity at all. Then a VERY bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is so bad I don't think I'll ever drink the rest. And in the morning I had a headache

24th March 2021

Good, just not sure if the after taste.

I found this a reasonable whisky, with a good nose of cinder toffee and pear. A creamy palate and very smooth, but I found it had a harsh sulfury after taste. A good Whisky for under £30

27th February 2021

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

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