Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Web Exclusive Price £37.45 £31.21 ex VAT (£53.50 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.

74 Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 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!

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