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.

125 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    13 days ago

    Tried last night. Way better than what I was expecting. Suprisingly rich

  • 4
    26 October

    This was the first Scotch that I tried and I quite enjoyed it, especially the nose, which reminded me of my grandparents attic in which they stored walnuts. I would reccomend this whisky to someone who isn't looking for intense, challenging flavours.

  • 2
    23 October

    Does this mean I can be a shill for Founder's Reserve and write unlimited great comments? I'm confused. This NAS stuff isn't good for this price, when there are plenty of 12 year single malts, similarly priced...

  • 5
    21 October

    For only $29 this scotch is delicious and smooth. Not the best scotch compared to the more expensive ones but for the price it's an amazing steal.

  • 5
    5 October

    I'm normally a peated soul but occasionally I will go on the Glenmorangie Original route or this. For the money it's a pleasant dram at the right price. It's as smooth for me as a triple distilled grain. If you are new to scotch and not wanting to go for the heavy hitters like the Port Askaig 100 proof or the Loch Lomand Inch Murrin then this is definitely a great introduction to the pleasures that single malts can bring. Great every day scotch without the burden of a heavy price tag. Had a lot worse.

  • 3
    11 September

    Not the worst scotch I've had. I was enticed by the Founder's Reserve aspect and bought the bottle on a whim. It was relatively inexpensive ($26). If you want a better flavor for slightly more, just grab yourself a Glenlivet 12 year.

  • 4
    1 September

    Super whisky, currently avalible at around £20 a bottle. Its a steal if you can get it at this price. Easy drinking and one of my current favourites.

  • 4
    21 August

    It’s actually a great scotch for the value, it does have a brighter feel at 1st sip but it’s smooth and like any other fine single malt whiskies it has a bold but subtle finish. The guys that are giving low reviews just aren’t scotch drinkers and probably mix theirs with cola or something bizzare as such. Cheers fellas!

  • 4
    18 August

    Reading these reviews is a roller coaster ride. This is fine for its price point. Not going to rush to buy it again but it's not the vile beast many are making it out to be.

  • 5
    10 August

    I have only tried Scotch a couple times in my life (I'm only 29 years old) and when I saw this for the price I figured I would give it another try, and I am happy that I did. I am now a huge fan of scotch and of Glenlivet – the taste is very smooth, there's a very slight sweetness to it and doesn't burn going down. My dad (he's 70 years old) loves Scotch and after he tried it he went out and bought two bottles for himself. I highly recommend this for anybody who is interested in trying Scotch or wants to add a great bottle to their collection.

  • 5
    9 August

    Few flavors one after another in your mouth. Actually pretty good. I liked it although I love the smokey ones. This one is not smokey at all and still a pleasure.

  • 1
    29 July

    Worst whiskey ever had. Picked up in duty free on a offer. Unable to finish.

  • 5
    28 July

    Smooth, great tasting and a superb finish. One of my favorites and its price is definitely lower than the taste of this scotch.

  • 5
    16 June

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

  • 5
    15 June

    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 June

    Better for mixing than "scotch".

  • 4
    11 June

    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.

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