Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Web Exclusive Price £34.25 £28.54 ex VAT (£48.93 per litre)
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The opening salvo of the Glenlivet range, named in honour of the distillery's founder, George Smith. It's classic Glenlivet, with a creamy and fruity character bolstered by the use of first-fill American oak to mature some of the whisky.
Distillery Bottling


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Grass Grass
  • Pear Pear
  • Apple Apple
  • Toffee Toffee

Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Very clean and fresh, with notes of grass, freshly cut apples and pear drops, enriched by a rich toffee character. Slight floral note, with menthol and custard-tart notes.

    Palate: The gentle fruitiness continues on to the palate, with pear the dominant note, accompanied by a refreshing mintiness. Very soft texture and mouthfeel with no rough edges. Easy to drink.

    Finish: Soft, fruity and whistle-clean.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Pale gold.

    Nose: Delicate aromas of citrus fruit, notably sweet orange.

    Palate: Sweet, fruit notes of zesty oranges and pears, with a hint of candy, toffee apples. Well-balanced and exceptionally smooth.

    Finish: Long, creamy and smooth.

112 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 days ago

    I really liked the smoothness and flavor. It is a very good supper and I will buy it again.

  • 5
    9 days ago

    My first single-malt scotch, picked precisely because it was the "most affordable" (i.e. cheapest) one on the shelf, and now my wife and I are both scotch drinkers because of it. Really smooth, with a lovely scent of caramel (or toffee). Love this stuff.

  • 3
    12 days ago

    Better for mixing than "scotch".

  • 4
    13 days ago

    Smooth and easy to drink; Great value.

  • 4
    7 June

    Delicate and light. Definitely not for everyone but it goes down very very easily. Not awfully scotch-y though. I personally really like it.

  • 1
    31 May

    Not even going to finish the bottle. I'll let the Mrs mix it with Pepsi. There are much much better malt and blended whiskies at the price.

  • 1
    30 May

    The Glenlivet 12 year old has always been one of my favourite whiskies and I thought the 'Founder's Reserve' would be a variant of this much-loved malt. How wrong I was - tasteless with no redeeming features whatsoever. To be fair, I've not enjoyed any NAS malts from any other brand leaders so Glenlivet aren't alone. From now on I'll pay the extra or just stick with US or Irish whiskey.

  • 1
    28 April

    The bottle came in a gift box with a Glenlivet glass. The glass is nice.

  • 4
    20 April

    Lovely malt for a decent price, fantastic for those long summer evenings ahead

  • 5
    20 April

    Reading the reviews, people seem to love this or hate it. It’s really a matter of what your looking for. I like variety. This is a great addition to my cabinet. It is mild, no smoke and no bite. It’s best with a solitaire (spring or distilled) ice cube. Flavor is good - malty and a little sweet. Good spring or summer scotch. It’s not a mixer (like sewers or J&B) as some of the negative reviews say. Great scotch for the price.

  • 4
    15 April

    Taste is unique to every individual and it's impossible for any "expert" to hold forth on Scotch for the benefit of anyone else. If you enjoy a Scotch, then drink it. It's useless to advise anyone else when the taste of anyone else is unique to them only. I enjoy Glenlivet you may feel differently.

  • 1
    28 March

    This is the most mundane, boring, uneventful single malt I've ever tasted. Bought on impulse without reading any reviews. Mistake. I, like many before me, was enticed by the "Founders Reserve" claim. This is scotch flavored water. No scratch that...this fat free scotch flavored water. Don't buy this.

  • 3
    19 March

    Not the best scotch I've ever tried, but definitely not the worst. Probably won't end up being my go-to but it isn't as bad as some of the people here say.

  • 2
    9 March

    Boring... no depth or character. Watery. Way overpriced! Done with Glenlivet... untrustworthy... no more of my money.

  • 2
    4 March

    I’ve been a big fan of the 12 and 18 year old scotch. Tried this recently and not a fan. I find it harsh and maybe better on the rocks. I understand that the demand for the 12 year old is forcing the NSA marketing play. But this isn’t it. If you’re going NSA go with a 12 year blended like Chivas.

  • 1
    3 March

    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.

  • 5
    21 February

    Very sweet easy going whisky, kick back, relax & enjoy, don't over think, just relish it.

  • 3
    14 February

    Marginally better than the Johnnie Walker blends at the same price point ... and that's not saying much. Smooth enough but too sweet for my tastes. Zero oak. Just doesn't seem like a serious single malt to me at all. Personally, I prefer single malts from the island and highland regions that belt you with more complex notes along with oak and peat. Save a little and go for Laphroiag Quarter Cask or a Talisker 10. The latter two are night and day better than the entry level Speysides like Glenlivetsor Glenfiddich.

  • 2
    14 February

    Lacks complexity. Disappointing.

  • 1
    10 February

    As a life long fan of Glenlivet, this is a shockingly bad product. For me it was almost undrinkable. Just my opinion.

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