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.

70 Customer Reviews

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  • 1
    4 days ago

    Had a large sample hi en to me today. Tried it. Poor. Very poor. The best part was maybe the nose ? Close your eyes and it's like sniffing an empty glass of Merlot. The compliments stop there. At 40% it's as weak as a kitten. Supermarket whisky.

  • 3
    7 days ago

    Kind of candied-fruity for my taste, but enjoyable. Would be a nice, gentle introduction to scotch for someone who is put off by the heavier smoke and peat of some other choices. The price is right, too.

  • 4
    9 July

    I was given this as a gift. I think it represents good value. My usual preference is for the ones with a smoky peat flavour,but i found this to be a very pleasant drop with a lovely smoooth finish.

  • 4
    14 June

    I considered myself not a fan of scotch. This one has changed my mind. Extremely smooth, very clean finish. I had just read a book on whisky/whiskey and decided to buy a bottle. Very glad I did. Looking forward to trying other ages.

  • 2
    10 June

    I'm glad it was on sale, because I cannot imagine paying full price for this "watered-down" scotch. Zero body and zero flavor.

  • 2
    9 June

    Complex but no depth. Sweet but easily diluted.

  • 2
    7 June

    Disappointing -- minimal body and richness. Pass.

  • 2
    2 June

    Poor. Lacks any depth or subtlety and quite a harsh and crude aftertaste. A disappointing replacement for what was one of the better 12 year olds.

  • 4
    1 June

    Easy on the palate, with a great finish

  • 5
    31 May

    wonderfully smooth

  • 4
    30 May

    Good for a second drink after a 15 or 18 year.

  • 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.

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