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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.

82 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    21 November

    Being fairly new to Scotch, I find myself picking up cheaper nightly sippers as I explore what I know damn well are superior drams here and there. A bottle of Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is about on par with Finlaggan, my other nightly sipper, both in price and quality. I prefer something peatier than Glenlivet (e.g. Finlaggan), but the Glenlivet's decent and at least as good as my Glenfiddich 12. Overall I am set on single-malt Scotch, and preferably an Islay; no Bourbon, no Whiskey, and no blends for me. Insofar as that goes, I have no problem winding down with a few ounces of Glenlivet FR and would give a more expensive Glenlivet a go as well.

  • 4
    12 November

    Fantastic nose; pears, even a bit of dark chocolate. Taste again surprisingly good for NAS. However bit pepperery or rough on finish. Nice whisky

  • 2
    11 November

    I loved the 12yo. The Founders Reserve is bland and cheap with a shallow flavour. Not for me.

  • 3
    11 November

    I don't know what all the bad reviews are about. Sure it is young, but it ticks the boxes. Trouble is there is too much choice and too much wealth.

  • 3
    30 October

    average entry range scotch. I love the 12yo to which this is no comparison. To add to that not too many years ago you could pick up a bottle of 12yo for less than this.

  • 1
    29 October

    As a long time scotch drinker this one is not worth my time a big step backwards for glenlivit

  • 2
    23 October

    Had high hopes for something called founders reserve, but no age statement and lower price should have clued me in. Not up to par.

  • 5
    19 October

    Best malt I have tasted Absolutely wonderful

  • 1
    9 September

    If you want someone to hate whisky give them this juice. Absolutly horrid. Smooth they say? It is harsh on the nose and the palate. For me in the same league with cheap blends.

  • 5
    10 August

    I was dissapointed when they gave me this instead of the 12yo in my bar but after tasting it i cannot complain at all. The nosing is very pleasant ferom afar. Fresh apples and pears are screaming out of the glass. I serve it now with cubes of fresly cut apple. Tastes worse than the 12yo but can sell and people love it when you make a small introduction. #bartenderlyfe

  • 2
    9 August

    Very low end single! Drinkable but not by much. The G12 is so much better. I got this stuff on sale at Costco and will only serve it to my buddies after they are well-toasted on GOOD single malts and cannot taste the difference. Save your money and buy at least 12 year singles. If not dated, don't waste your $$.

  • 5
    27 July

    Very smooth. Very enjoyable. Easy to drink

  • 1
    20 July

    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
    18 July

    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.

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