Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
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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.

59 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 April

    This is first time I tried Glenlivet but I was having a vanilla icecream after dinner and poured a glass,what a perfect companion...I would defintely class it as a summer whisky perfect with icecream,next time I will add strawberries

  • 4
    19 March

    Great tasting and easy to drink.

  • 4
    11 March

    Well balanced and reasonable complexity for the price point. Pears, grass and toffee most prominent. Very easy to enjoy.

  • 4
    4 February

    A very good scotch, considering the price point. There is plenty of flavour and a very smooth finish.

  • 4
    31 January

    As a fan of the more smokier Islay whisky, I seldom purchase other single malt Scotch Whisky, except for some Highland. I've never been a fan of Speyside whisky but Glenlivet Founder's Reserve has changed this. I've not got the comparison of the 12 or 18 year old, but this is a very good whisky. Having read the reviews already, I understand the point of the lack of character. There's not a lot going on with this whisky. What is going on though is an exceptionally smooth finish. This is very easy to drink and it is fresh yet fruity. I will call this my chardonnay of whisky's. Also the price is good. If you are not in a speciality whisky shop and you're looking for a solid dram and afraid of picking up something which tastes terrible, always buy this! I've been delightedly surprised. I can't wait to drink the 18 year old now!

  • 2
    4 January

    I really liked the 12, this is not half as good. Taste was a bit sharp and (as someone else points out), sort of soapy.

  • 5
    3 January

    As advertised _light and smooth, very smooth!?? Nice difference from my favorite 18 year old.

  • 1
    30 December 2016

    Clean. No depth of character whatsoever. My first ever Glenlivet coming peaty bruisers, very disappointed. Not looking to buy another.

  • 4
    29 December 2016

    If you can get this cheap enough then I think it's a decent 'everyday' dram.

  • 3
    28 December 2016

    Disappointed..I was in the mood for scotch, more like a blended Canadian wiskey. At least it came as a mini in my gift box of 12 year or I would be wholly disappointed. Will not buy sorry.**1/2

  • 5
    27 December 2016

    Never had a Glenlivet before, but I'll be trying some others. A very nice introduction to their range, and to me, a little reminiscent to a Glenkinchie a had a while ago, but with a deeper colour perhaps. Thoroughly enjoyable as far as I'm concerned, and not overly sweet.

  • 3
    19 December 2016

    Everything is fine except for a weird note when nosing and a strange aftertaste that I can only get rid of when mixing with other Scotches. Sad display from Glelivet. Even a Tullamore Dew or Regular Jamison has more character. 3 stars only because it's the holidays!

  • 3
    18 December 2016

    Picked a bottle of this up today on offer, first tried this whisky last Christmas and thought it wasn't too bad for a no age statement Whisky, There's nothing complex going on here, it's a light, smooth and sweet whisky with floral notes which suit my taste. A decent whisky for the price I paid but wouldn't pay full price. Not sure why Glenlivet chose to substitute the superior 12 year old for this.

  • 4
    12 December 2016

    I am enjoying my first tastes of this Scotch. I knew when I bought it that it wasn't the same as the 18 year old Glenlevit I know and love. After reading mixed responses from very good to dissapointed I had to try it. I don't drink a lot but I love a quality drink from time to time. As for me I am proud to display this right next to it's pricer relative. It's a smooth drinkable single malt with no terrible after affects. I definitely will purchase it again and probably again. For those of you who don't enjoy this I hope you don't view my commentary as misleading. Each palette is different and nobody can account for another's taste but for me I enjoy it.

  • 4
    9 December 2016

    some think french are ruining scotch of remarkable brand but to me it is OK not at all 18 yrs. but to me separable, if my wife likes it that means it is fine, light your Robusto cigar and have a little chocolate with it

  • 1
    9 December 2016

    Weak compared to the 12 yr, and only picked it up in a pinch. As others have noted the price point isn't justified compared to the 12. I like the 15yr French Oak, but won't be buying the founders again. I'll drink a bourbon before that one.

  • 4
    9 December 2016

    Wonderful smooth drink. Super creamy with lots of orange flavors. For the price a super whisky and comparable to higher end and priced whisky.

  • 4
    17 November 2016

    It is a single malt, contrary to what some peoples reviews have been saying. I like it, its a clean flavor and a good tipple for Christmas.

  • 1
    7 November 2016

    Not a fan which is unfortunate. Love the standard 12, 15 & 18. This one sadly I'll never buy again as it's not enjoyable; at least for me. Rather have 12 yrs Dewars versus this one

  • 1
    6 November 2016

    Blended from various years and styles, and thus quite inferior to the classic 12 yr. old single malt. An wholly unwelcome departure from a great tradition.

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