In 1824 George Smith made a daring move and got a license to legally produce single malt Whisky. Needless to say the neighboring smugglers weren’t all too happy about it, so for protection he had to carry not one, but two guns at all times. Imagine that!
Released in 2014, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve has been matured in first fill American oak. This wood gives it a spicy vanilla kick. The “founder” refers to George Smith, who gained his distilling license in 1824, and from that the legend of The Glenlivet was born. This expression of the World-renowned malt pays homage to the history of Glenlivet as well as the future. It has the typical Glenlivet fruity notes but is also packed full of caramel sweetness. The result is smooth and creamy, a very fine malt to dedicate to a very important man.
What does The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve taste like?
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
When I'm not in the mood for a challenge, want something uncomplicated and easy drinking, or when I am confronted with someone who claims they don't like scotch, I turn to Founder's Reserve. Many non-scotch drinkers have had their heads turned. At this price point you feel like you can always get another bottle. But if you want an "oh, wow" experience, marveling at the complexity and finish, this one will disappoint. Odd though how often I turn to it.
If this was any more disgusting I wouldn't be able to tell it's a scotch.
This is an excellent drinking scotch. I would put it up against many of the more expensive scotches and defy the average pallet to rate it as lesser. Smooth, but with the right amount of spice. A few drops of water really bring this to life.
Biscuit-y, dry, and tannic. Lemon and caramel. Good whiskey, but not my style.
Smooth and flavorful. Typical speyside, but with some lively extra bite from the American oak
Can't beat for the price. Smoother than the 12.
Excellent value for money. Beautifully smooth.
First time I tried this at a friend’s, I only got sweetness and banana. Bought my own bottle and got some different flavors. Nose was banana with some malt aromas. On the taste, banana was not as prominent and I could taste some apple and honey. Picked up a little more spice on the finish as well. Good buy for the price ($28) at my local grocery store
Good all around, sharable, not for special occasions, but can make an occasion all on its own.
A great tasting single malt. Great flavor for the price.
Very good, not as smooth as expected, but easy to drink.
Nice and smooth. Always prefer my drinks neat. Great price
Nice and Smooth, with a touch of peat at the end.
Smooth yet still has interesting notes. The after taste was warm and mellow.
Took the whole dram slow to get used to the sweet fruity flavors. I started with peated scotch so the banana was a surprise. Wife enjoyed hers with just alittle ice. I enjoyed with a small splash of water more than neat. Next glass will be compared to the 12 year
smooth scotch, nice finish
A perfect smooth drinking tipple, lovely caramel flavours.
So good. The caramel and vanilla are on point. Price point is perfect for such a good scotch.
A great easy Scotch for the price. I definitely taste the honey and caramel. A peppery finish.
Good, not great. Worth trying as it might be just right for you.
Best whiskey I've had so far
Not bad but not great
Smooth and great flavour.
Nice palette...easy daily drink
Easy to sip. Taster bottle
Smooth and delicious! It’s like bananas foster in a glass!
Very smooth. Lacks in body and complexity but it's great for the price.
Excellent for price
It’s good. Definitely has a little sweeter taste on the front end. I like it though.
Smooth, but maybe a bit too spicy. Still excellent quality for the price
A Nice and smooth whisky to begin with...
Very smooth, nice finish
Smooth little fruit little pepper finish
More caramel flavor, lighter in color. Overall smooth.
This is a great value. Definitely does the brand well. Very fruity with just a little spice. Are there better bottles, sure, but for the money this one ranks with the best.
Good, light Speyside, but lacks complexity.
Solid scotch for the price. Sweet with honey and caramel with a spot of fresh fruit and spice.
Very smooth- Smokey without the peat. Hints of caramel and vanilla.
Already ordered another bottle!
Smells of strong apples and pear to me. Very inviting. Would be a great summer scotch to me. Smooth fresh taste.m with a crisp apple finish
This was a good bottle of Scotch, nothing insanely good about it but definitely a strong staple to have on the shelf.
Cold. Peat, dirt, smoke. Pipe smoke in particular.
It has a sweeter nose as compared to the 12. A tad more of a bite on the front end and a thinner mouth than the 12 also. Overall, I feel it’s sweeter than the 12 with caramel as the dominant flavor. It’s not as complex as the 12 so it gets a lower overall from me.
Mild, not over powering but not a lot of flavor in general.
This is nice to have around. No pronounced flavor profile. So so whiskey
Leicht zu trinken, angenehm auf der Zunge
A litter more burn compared to the 12 year.
i like the vanilla tones in this scotch
A bit warm in the nose and palate, some citrus, caramel, grain and vanilla aromas with short finish
Very nice simple, smooth, sweat, fruity, creamy dram. Easy to sip or mix
Nice taste starting to finish
It was just OK. Nothing special. Lots of alcohol no finess Do not reccomend.
Very smooth notes of Honey and slight oak! Delightfully spicy neat, opens with sweetness with a cube. Very enjoyable!
Its ok, a little on the light side. I do like the sweetness
Not much to say. It’s ok, but not as good as I expected. A sale whisky. Nothing further.
Cheaper off the shelf, one my new favorites. Couple of cubes and the 'good chair'
Harsh young and nothing like the old classic smooth 12 years. But for the money in sale it's not that bad and it still had got some of the fruit and nice flavours.
smooth and fruity
easy to drink
i love the long lasting taste of raisins at the end
New one for me. A little harsh at first but smoother as the ice melts.
Eh, it was ok. Nothing to write home about
Bear with me; I've been a whiskey fan for some time but my palette is quite uneducated. The thing I can connect to in relation to the above description is the syrupy sweetness. It is smooth to the end with very little bite. I was not all that impressed.
Fruit, sinaasappel, appel, peer
Too young. Lacks depth and complexity.
I haven´t tasted it but would like to comment one thing ...
I see a trend that several whiskies, at least several NAS, is more and more sweet. STOP THAT!
Very sweet, but not in a bad way. Velvety maple notes with dried fruits. One to enjoy with some friends.
Very young and metallic and relies too much on the Glenlivet signature.