Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

Overall rating
80.34/100
votes
491
Whiskybase ID
WB10148
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L092249 203
Barcode
5010496002155
Added on
01 sep 2009 4:58 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 35.70

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

62 users have left 68 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.34 points.

  1. Gilles_V scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A very nice whisky for a NAS. To greet the 48%.
    It makes you want to discover the rest of the range; therefore successful mission.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very classic and delicious nose. Cereals.
      But also oolong tea or even a slight trace of damp earth.
      We feel that the maturation was done in quality barrels and that the distillate does not lack character (oily and legs around the glass, despite the youth).
      After a while, a very slight hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fat, fruity. Not bad at all.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Good length with a hint of dryness.

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  3. rafgpereira did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    2022/06/29
    • Nose
      Sour, sulphuric, vinegary
    • Taste
      Oily, dry, peppery, chocolate
    • Finish
      Short persistence, sweet

  4. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Sampled during Whisky Weekender. A typical sherried Speyside single malt. Pleasant but not memorable.

  5. Xstream scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Dry, fruit, vanilla pudding, oaky and sherry.

  6. notesofmalt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch Founders Reserve, original bottling, 48% alc. Maturation: Bourbon and sherry barrels

    Nose: Sweet and fruity, butterscotch and lots of apples, which stay in the nose for a long time and look really ripe. In addition, malt and light citrus fruits, also an aroma of chewing gum arises. Then a light spice tone, especially pepper, is present.

    Palate: Clear lines and in harmony with the nose, but spicy and slightly alcoholic, also dry. Apples, juicy pears and candied ginger sticks. Very cute. This is followed by malt, vanilla and slightly burnt caramel, plus some chilli chocolate.

    Finish: Long and fruity, dry oak aromas.

    Conclusion: nose and palate work harmoniously with each other, the finish is simple. Overall a nice malt with a good price / performance ratio. However, it does not tolerate water at all! 82/100 points - notesofmalt.com

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    More fruity and floral (and younger) than the 12. Also bottled at higher strength which is a plus. But I prefer the 12 in terms of depth and complexity for only a few bucks more.

  8. Gareth74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Highland fling thing

    I’ve never had anything from the boys at Glen Garioch, in fact I don’t think I’ve seen very much written about them over the years. Like many distilleries they just aren’t sexy enough or, more likely just don’t have the marketing shekels the big boys have to keep them in the spotlight. It’s no bad thing though, you end up spending more for the actual whisky than the advertising. Off to the highlands we go.

    From the get good I’m intrigued. I picked it up for about £30 and it almost doesn’t compute. Non chill filtered, sherry and bourbon casks and weighing in at a brawny 48%. This really does appear to be staggeringly good value on the surface. Is it coloured? Don’t know. Don’t care at this price and ABV. And it’s a highland. I love me a highland - to the glass, and quick!!

    On the nose, well first to the eye, it’s a good brassy colour. It’s looks the part. On the nose and it’s a beast. There a lot of smells clamouring to get out of the glass. Way more that I would have expected for a NAS scotch. There’s giant dollops of barley sugars sweets, malt, malt and more malt, and a sourness and honey laced porridge. Weirdly I’m getting flashbacks of Cherry Tunes. You know the smell, fruity, sour, sweet and menthol all in one. This mish-mash of bourbon and sherry and red liquorice and wood is good. Getting the nose deep in the glass and there’s more liquorice and dried fruits. It’s like Ardmore and Deanston had a one night stand watched on from the sidelines by a curios bottle of sherry. Filthy buggers. I like it. It’s a little hot to be sure, a bit gingery sweet and sour and the alcohol is clearly there but it’s not unwelcome. Good, good, good.

    In the mouth. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what this cheap bottle is all about.

    BOOOOOOM! Well, that wasn’t subtle. Everything happens very quickly. It’s a little explosive and then the explosion gets hotter. Slowing it all down and here’s what I’m getting. First it’s cool and sweet and then the sweetness builds quickly, really quickly. Tonnes of barley sugars and crystallised ginger and bourbon and vanilla landslide across the palate like a sweet shop exploding followed with heat like a confectionary fireball. Peppery, oak, more bourbon sweetness, hot sawn wood. Nice oak going on. It’s goes on with heat and ginger and peppery almost rye like prickles. I’m 2 fair sized drams in and it still feels like a firework going off in my mouth. Holding a sip in and the intensity of the flavours is huge on the palate, richness and heat and spruce and sweetness. It’s hot to be sure but it’s also packed with flavours. Nom nom nom.

    Hmmmm

    Sniffing the empty glass and there’s a wee bit of sulphur, memories of sherry, a little sourness. I like it.

    So how do you rate something like this? If it was from a bigger name it would have a legion of followers saying how good it was. If it had and age statement and was a tad more rounded it would be truly amazing. It’s rough and ready in the same way an over enthusiastic dog can be. With training it would easier to handle - less leaping all over the place but it’s ok that’s it’s a little bit, er feral.

    I’m actually impressed. This is never going to win any beauty pageants, it’s as unfashionable as you can get in the current climate of special cask finishes and exorbitant priced special editions, AI designed bottles that have been to space. This is workaday scotch and it’s better for it. Like a few other distilleries making scotch to really drink it will be overlooked, under appreciated and for those that like to drink decent scotch, thankfully underpriced. Long may it continue.

    Yumsk.

    Ps. Right at the end as it’s wandering away I get old coffee grounds. Nice.

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Savory, salted fish, subtle aroma of fresh green apple and stawberry, leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, honey, dried fruits, ripe apples, fresh peppers vegetables, less sour plums, pear, spices.
    • Finish
      83 83
      spices and little hints of chocolate.

  11. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-01-2019 at "The Mash Tun" in Aberlour.

  12. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity, winey, sweetish, banana? Best complex raisin?
    • Taste
      Sweet, full, fruity, warm, developed by keeping them in the mouth for longer, pepper at the end, ending spicy, maybe even spicy: Fisherman Friend pastille!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, a bit peaty even or do I imagine that, wood wax? Shoot me a leak, but it is a beautiful spicy, warm finish

  13. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    The nose is sweet and fruity and a bit mineral. In the mouth then young aromas, slightly bitter, fruit and alcohol. Departure then fruity and then rather tart, a bit metallic. Conclusion: it fits, but the 12 is a different class, I think. He is a bit too young.

  15. coldonbax scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    First impression of the nose is yeast. If you have ever stuck your head into a mash tun and inhaled the heady aroma of fermenting wort, you will get the picture. I've never experienced such a malty / yeasty nose in a whisky before, and was expecting a huge ethanol burn, but it didn't come despite the 48% ABV.
    The arrival on the palate is slow to begin with then BANG! Big delivery of dried fruit followed with what tastes like a handful of Fisherman's friend lozenges, with eucalyptus and liquorice on the aftertaste. Press your tongue tight against the roof of your mouth to get the full benefit of the intense spiciness that lies within.
    This stuff needs a splash of water and a bit of time to open up. Revisit after ten minutes, and it's a different beast altogether, malty and quite dry. Not too long on the aftertaste and leaves you with a drouth that cries out for a beer to chase it down.
    I bought a litre of this at the airport two months ago and I'm halfway through. A good value for money dram.

  16. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      75 75

  17. Achany scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sweet honey, malty, dried herbs, some vanilla, spicey at the end, dry, oak. Nice body, Finish is all right. That is some nice malt to start an evening with friends.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Luigisim scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: quite nice. Honey and scottish butter cakes. 

    Mouth: a bit too strong alcohol

    Finish: mild, but deteriorate to unpleasant  tannic within ten minutes 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unusually but delicious and interesting. The nose is the blast! Fruity and extremely complex. The taste and the finish are very idiosyncratic but very tasty and interesting.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Subtle wood and fruit notes slowly lift out of the glass. A touch of orange aroma comes out hesitantly, seconds later intense orange aroma suddenly fills the glass and sweet caramel and honey merge into a wonderfully sweet fruit mixture. Burnt almonds and roasted aromas show up before a wonderfully creamy and sweet spice cloud dominates. Some resin and spicy wood give this sample a dark and interesting note. Milk chocolate and a hint of cocoa powder mix with a subtle pinch of cinnamon. The alcohol becomes more intense, but does not bother. Cherry or morello cherries fuse with the fruity orange, the nose is extremely complex and fruity sweet.
    • Taste
      First fruity elements flash, then spicy wood dominates the first sip. Wood sharpness is created and makes the palate and the tongue to glow. The next sip flows creamy and spicy over the tongue, an indefinable spice note now dominates the taste. A touch of furniture polish or stain .... Dried berries and orange peel, sweet and creamy caramel, soft and mild, strong and spicy, somehow I'm confused. The sharpness is more intense and heats the palate and the tongue properly.
    • Finish
      Dry and dry, the finish begins. The sharpness slowly fades and spicy wood becomes furniture polish or stain again ... Old walnut aroma develops and an earthy decoilatura slowly ends the finish. Spicy roasted aromas remain on the tongue and leave behind this indefinable spice.

  20. pianoman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Immature apple, light grapes, a little vanilla. Wet light wood, a dash of mint.
    • Taste
      Sweetish and grassy. Light grapes, some honey. Cornflakes.

  21. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    For me a good drinkable NAS but also no high flyer.
    • Nose
      Beautiful very round malty nose, at first a light sea air aroma and then fruits come through, in the direction of bitter apple.
    • Taste
      the 48% are nice, the malty flavors dominate and then they turn into a slightly dry oak. a metallic boy is no longer noticeable to me.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and carries a floral oak note. Pleasant, slightly dry mouth sensation. The alcohol content gives it significantly more character

  22. Toffie76 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    not bad, and very good value for money / FUN! And fun, sometimes we tend to forget it;)
    • Nose
      spices, apricots, leather, alcohol, ginger. The nose has both a suave and complex and alcoholic side. The balance is fragile but the whole is nice. Smoke and earthy peat hide behind the stewed fruit. A nice vanilla, too. It's clean and well done.
    • Taste
      a one-dimensional strand, the development is a little short and fragile. It's a little young, obviously, but the pleasure is at the rendezvous and as tasting entry whisky, he does the job. The fruits are always there, alcohol and youth (pears, apples) too.
    • Finish
      spicy / malted. short

  23. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    All in all young looking, none of the flavors comes through so 100%, everything suggests rather than the beer and citrus notes, but you can still discover a lot as a beginner and early advanced hereby. The 48% I think is great again instead of 40 or 43, do it very well. Overall for those just under 30, - probably one of the best 2-3 I ever had to the course.
    • Nose
      Sweet malt everywhere, light tea notes (rather green / lavender), oak leaves, a little citric acid makes it look younger, hints of honey and apple (mixture of green and red), above all this malty-hoppy beer note
    • Taste
      Floral, citrus and spiciness mix, but the latter goes away after a few seconds, peppery, malty, but also clear fruity notes of citrus, apple, a little pear and a few flowers with it, plus young oak chips, but here also constantly one (here lighter) background Biernote, really reminds me a little of the IPA Glenfiddich (only fruity), clearly nutty also
    • Finish
      Bitter-sour with citrus, walnut and slightly peppery malt, short to medium long

  24. Pikehunter did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillery note;

    Nose - Warm amber in appearance, sweet vanilla and subtle spice combine with fruitier green apple and grapefruits on the nose.Palete - Butter cream and vanilla pave the way to fruity green apple skin and citrus cleanliness, leading to an elegant and subtle finish.

  25. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Leafy and jasmine tea, nose heated with honey. Floral and citrusy nature, decay peat note on the top half. Palate:- Full and rush of flavours, intense shock spiciness but faded
    away, then nuttiness and oil emerge, quite fleshy, well mouth coating.

    Finish:- Medium length, green. Minty mouthfeel remains.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. hartist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A whisky a little disconcerting: it starts "bad" and finishes nicer. Tasting too fast could be unfairly condemned.
    • Nose
      Without aeration this nose is strongly marked by country brandy, but over time the scents improve, leaving then appear aromas of fruit a little bland (pears, apples, some yellow fruits), cereals ( baby food), strong spices (ginger and pepper). Curious though this nose a bit sour, almost repulsive.
    • Taste
      Powerful and spicy mouth leaning on a slightly pregnant alcohol. Notes of stewed fruits (apples), scented spices (vanilla, ginger), touch of caramelized honey. Marked softening over the presence in the mouth. Here again a form of temporal bonusing is doing its work.
    • Finish
      Rather long, sweet, warm, finally more pleasant than expected, on spicy and woody fruits.

  27. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A bit too much youthful spirit for me when nosed neat, but a touch of water tamed it nicely. Then, I got a malty/gristy nose, with hints of bread dough, vanilla fudge, ripe orchard fruits (apples and pears), honey and soft oak. Suggestive of both young and old casks in the mix? Similarly malty profile on the palate, although peppery notes emerge, but with some rougher edges (perhaps from younger whisky) coming through. These notes build more towards the shortish finish, leaving a metallic and bitter edge that lingers. Nice nose then, but the palate and finish suggest that some imperfect and/or immature casks made it into the vatting.

  28. yggr scored this whisky 74 points Specialist

    Pork pineapple, coconut, honey, vanilla, green apples, cucumber. In addition, an artificial note such as lavender soap or softener, which comes through again and again.
    Creamy body, gentle onset, but short finish.

    Sorry, sulfur and soap are not my combo.
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  29. Xstream scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The nose is quite good. The body quite thick, but the finish is a letdown.
    The nose ithat typical glen garioch fruity bouquet. Like a mix of pineapple, coconut, orange, apple and peach mixed with vanilla and some light fudgy caramel. You can recogzine the spirit too though. So it's not all good.
    The body is thick and luscious, very good at this price level.
    The finish is the least impressive and quite a letdown. Its quite bitter and spirity. This is where the price level shows itself and ruins the otherwise fine whisky quite frankly.

  30. Taita scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    Don't know what is wrong with my bottle if I see the good comments below. Have I got the first part of the distilled spirit
    • Nose
      Unfortunately this whisky doesn't smell good to me. The nose reminds me to methylated spirit (the blue liquid people clean windows with). When I smell longer some fresh and stewed fruits appear together with some heather and honey
    • Taste
      The tast is a little better, a lot of oak, oily, stewed fruits and lots of herbs and spices especially pepper
    • Finish
      Oak, pepper and herbs remain a while

  31. Mephisto scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  32. Glenladdie scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      73 73

  33. Dieter_W scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Detected as a NAS in a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, you can also creme brulee say - sweet popcorn, butter biscuits - coconut - fruit - honey - sweet and floral - herbs - some wood
    • Taste
      Herbal - again vanilla - slightly complex and slightly watery or positively expressed, soft and mild.
    • Finish
      very short, sweet,

  34. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Hm, somehow strange and not necessarily the typical whisky notes. I think that's very interesting, not unpleasant, but I do not know if I should have that more often.

    Suspected age: about 10 years, which I really hard to do here, could well be a NAS, but then I would have two in the price category ...

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      First a strange mixture of raspberry flavor, sweat, sour drops and dried fruit. Some life brings peace in the glass. The nose is now full, buttery, sherrylastig and very salty. Bring restlessness into the glass again, cereal notes come on, after renewed reassurance is a basket of apples ready. Again and again flash strange artificial flavors, reminiscent of Potcheen. During heating, I get the impression of potato casserole. When the alcohol boils in the nose, acidic notes are back and the potatoes are still there, but sherry is also clearly noticeable.
    • Taste
      It's also quite complex in the mouth, but not nearly as slanted anymore, but usually not. Strong honey sweet, with bitter hints and at the end some salt. The alcohol is very mild.
    • Finish
      Again they are relatively short and there they are again, the potatoes, raw potatoes that are left on the palate at the end.

  35. MadScientist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. Gloin scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I like the finish on this whisky best, too bad it will not be canceled any longer. I can not find that much from the sherry portion. How often with Vattings or Endreifungen from different barrels lacks a little a clear profile. The overripe fruit bothers me a bit, but there are worse candidates.

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      It starts with a fruit basket, ripe apples, a pear, quince and a hint of pineapple, some pepper in the nose, oak spice, after a while in the glass follows a pronounced Maggi note
    • Taste
      strong onset, oily body, spicy, oak, a hint of sulfur, getting sweeter, a little coffee, yogurt, fermented cider
    • Finish
      Orange, some chocolate, oak, medium long

  37. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  38. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    As I said, the polarized, who gets along with this idiosyncratic Brennereinote, has a cheap (~ 30 €), relatively strong, idiosyncratic Highlander, for some, he will just be "bah".
    • Nose
      comes immediately with an idiosyncratic green-fresh-fruity note (such as between Penderyn and Auchentoshan), green apple, hard pear, grapefruit, lime, very flowery, seems a little artificial, that comes from the raw brandy, which could polarize .. later sweeter, vanilla, honey, caramel, ginger
    • Taste
      sweet, vanilla, caramel, but sometimes the green apple and the grapefruit (bitter) sparkle through, nut, some pepper ... very changeable in the mouth
    • Finish
      medium-long, peppery, and there is again the citrus bitterness

  39. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I would be curious to know, what different aged whiskies were mixed up to create this NAS.

  40. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  41. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  43. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  44. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    a characterful dram. I don't know anything similar. 82/83
    • Nose
      cheese, young to middle aged Comté? but not really an off-note, not unpleasant. apple-cider, may be some cider-brandy washed cheese, wood polish - pretty young spirit, may be 5 to 7 years, vanilla, some mixed spice-powders difficult to identify the single ingredients.  
    • Taste
      less harsh than the nose, the cider turns into sweet apple-yelly, the spices grow and towards the end, ya, this cheesy note, and lots of black pepper. 
    • Finish
      a bit hollow, a bit drying, mainly the spices stay

  45. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  46. Fable scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  47. hettrum scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. bull10298 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bowmore?s under-rated ?sister? Glen Garioch single malt has recently been
    receiving some welcome attention, with occasional ?single batch? vintage
    releases intended to augment the re-formulated, re-packaged and re-named core
    Founder?s Reserve bottling. Senior Blender Iain McCallum says that ?The Glen
    Garioch spirit has always been outstanding; the re-launch has given us a real
    opportunity to showcase some of the smaller, more unusual batches of stock,
    whilst taking the whisky back to its original state of non chill-filtered and
    cask strength in the older vintages? Morrison Bowmore?s CEO Mike Keiller adds
    that ?With only small batches of hand-selected stock available worldwide, Glen
    Garioch leads the way in this new era of rarity within the whisky arena. Suited
    to the enthusiast, the collector and those with a genuine appreciation of craft
    and quality, Glen Garioch now complements the already successful single malt
    portfolio of Morrison Bowmore Distillers.? Founder?s Reserve boasts a nose of
    soft fruits (pears, peaches and apricots), together with butterscotch and
    vanilla. Quite full-bodied, with vanilla, malt, melon and light smoke on the
    palate. The finish is clean and medium in length.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=garioch

     

  49. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nice Glen Garioch, ideal
    as entry malt. I was also pleasantly surprised that it was bottled at a higher
    strength. Around 40 EUR. Thanks, Pat!
    • Nose
      The powerful nose is
      very fruity and malty. Think apples, pears, gooseberries and a hint of peach.
      You can actually smell the grain. Some vanilla, ginger, touch of oak and some
      honey. Underneath I found some furniture polish and even a hint of bubblegum.
      It is not bad at all, but it does suggest a young age.
    • Taste
      The arrival is soft,
      but it grows quickly. The apples and pears return, albeit in a jammy fashion
      now, and the spices are louder. Ginger, pepper and some liquorice. Midpalate
      the tannins rear their heads.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite
      long, but the fruit is subdued by the pepper and the oak.

  50. barryfox915 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold.
    Nose: Malty, oaky, spicy, slightly floral and grassy, on
    pollen, with some caramel, vanilla and a light fruitiness. Becomes fruitier and
    more floral with some water.
    Taste: Spicy, oaky, malty, slightly smoky, on toffee and
    chocolate. The finish is short to medium, slightly smoky, on toffee and
    chocolate.
    General Impression: A good Glen Garioch, spicier and with a
    stronger wood influence than the previous 8 and 15 YO versions. Good value

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting13.html#04Nov09

     

     

  51. boborban scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlen Garioch '1797 Founder's Reserve' (48%, OB, 2009) This is the brand new no-age-statement version. Colour: gold. Nose: rather big at first nosing (is 48% a new trend?) and very sweet and fruity, with bursting notes of malted barley, apples and gooseberries as well as hints of bubblegum. This is obviously rather young. It’s also faintly varnishy and maybe just a little bit soapy (Cadum – don’t ask) but nothing really embarrassing. Other than that, we get notes of pears and a mild ‘new-style’ oakiness (cake and vanilla, just a little ginger). Some honey. The faint soapiness disappears after four or five minutes. Pleasant nose, much nicer that any of the young official ones that were bottled in the 1990s or early 2000s. Mouth: once again, it’s big and sweet malt whisky, with a lot of vanilla and ginger on top of apple compote and juice. Quite some pepper too, notes of café latte, Werther’s and quite some green tea-like oak. Not really tannic but not far. Finish: long, bold, oaky and peppery. Some apples left. Comments: there may have been some wood management done. A whisky that’s maybe a tad ‘technological’ but what’s sure is that it got rid of the flaws that earlier young bottlings had in my opinion. In short, a good one. SGP:441 - 80 points.

  52. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This works, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      Waxy and oily, with barley, vanilla, some cream, and also fruity (citrus)
    • Taste
      Quite intense, honey and heather, vanilla, still some fruits and a bit of pepper
    • Finish
      A little drying, mainly on butterscotch

  53. MY MALTS scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Has something bitter ... candy comes through water more visible ...

  54. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Glen Garioch;

    Nose - Warm amber in appearance, sweet vanilla and subtle spice combine with fruitier green apple and grapefruits on the nose.Palete - Butter cream and vanilla pave the way to fruity green apple skin and citrus cleanliness, leading to an elegant and subtle finish.
    The quintessential Glen Garioch, Founder’s Reserve celebrates the brothers who first established the distillery and the 200 plus years of craftsmanship that goes into every bottle that bears the Manson name.

    Glen Garioch and cheese..
    What is Comté?A French cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk.Cheese pairingComté's sweet, nutty and smooth, and provides a perfect base for the clean, sweet fruity flavours of the Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve, concentrating and enhancing both. There's a give and take between the cheese and the malt, with waves of nutty saltiness rising through the whisky. Both are silky smooth, complementing the other's texture.If you can't get ComtéGruyère: hard smooth mountain cheeses from the French and Swiss Alps.

  55. Jaap Kooiman scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      83 83

  56. Jaap Kooiman scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    For such a sharped priced malt a big bunch of flavors to explore. Really liking the 48% to add a drop to open up some spice! 
    Clean, crisp, sweet and waxy.
    • Nose
      sweet, vanilla, fruity, fresh, green apple, cake baking mix, 
      With water and time, white grapes, peach, more wood / spicy, cinnamon. quite complex
    • Taste
      Initial, sour / sweet arrival. Very sticky/waxy surprising mouth feel, I like that! some alcohol but in general mild and smooth. 
      Vanilla, yellow dried fruits, raisins, spicy, malty.  
    • Finish
      Sweet and smooth, better then initial taste. More warmth. Waxy again, honey, beeswax, some red fruit like cranberries, dry ending, 

  57. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    No top whisky.
    • Nose
      Sticky sweet with honey and caramel. Raisins. Sherry and fresh apples. Malt.
    • Taste
      Mild. First fruity sweet with vanilla and apples, then spicy (pepper).
    • Finish
      Strong alcoholic touch, then malty and peppery.

  58. haubi scored this whisky 58 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Citrus and wet moss
    • Taste
      Young whisky that despite its 48% vol. but very mild.
      Fruity, then turning to dry
    • Finish
      Means, easy association with smoke?

  59. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    It is a little young, entry-level, but homogeneous whisky. Pretty raw.
    • Nose
      A rather radical nose at the opening of the bottle; green wood, apple, honey and vanilla. You almost feel the bitterness to come.
    • Taste
      A bit alcoholic, because of his youth. Dry and bitter. A little caramel at the end.
    • Finish
      Final quite long: we find cereals and dry grass.

  60. granella2003 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malt, currant, cherry and a swift of smoke.

       
    • Taste
      Sweet, with so deep oak influence, malty, grassy and spicy
    • Finish
      Medium lenght, with again cherry and malt.

  61. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Strange feeling. Not convinced by this last tasting, while having the feeling that there was a good product behind all that. What about other Garioch?
    • Nose
      I do not understand this Glen Garioch, which changes with each tasting. At the first, I found it very greedy, very creamy (84), the second a little less and this third, nothing ...
      Need aeration on the nose. 48 ° moderately integrated ... We are on the young, a little green fruit (apple), vanilla, wood, a little honey. Once oxygenated, this nose is not so bad.
    • Taste
      Another cro-magnon of alcohol-wood-vanilla. But what happened to this original werther's side? If, maybe a little toffee at the end of the mouth, but very discreet.
    • Finish
      Still a few days hostage in vanilla casks. Long enough. A little dried grass.

  62. tomy63 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Entry level correct nose very nice
    • Nose
      green fruits (apple, pear), vanilla, cereals, young wood, honey, buttered cake side. Pretty sweet and fresh, nice even if it's young.
    • Taste
      a little alcohol, quite dry, bitter, honey, vanilla, green fruits. Less pleasant than the nose.
    • Finish
      average, on cereals, cut grass, a little spice, less fresh.

  63. Furtia scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  64. granella2003 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and refreshing, typical of Glen Garioch. 1797 Founders Reserve is a tribute to the tradition of craftsmanship required to get the best Highland whisky to create a tradition for over 200 years is maintained!

  65. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This is a top draw malt whisky, one of the best i have tasted so far. High in complexity it is bursting with strong flavours. Every time i took a drink i would find something new. Fantastic.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      81 81

  66. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This was a anniversary present of my wife clare. x
    • Nose
      Loads to smell here, popcorn, fruit, fresh out of the oven hot cross bun, prunes and spices.
    • Taste
      A sugary sweet taste and that oak hits you first followed by those fruits, honey, vanilla, liquorice and brandy.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet and for some reason i'm geeting curry flavour.

  67. Jonkers did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: fresh vanilla, macaroons, fruit (apple ?)
    Taste: sweet, liquorice, slightly spicy
    Finish: pleasant bitterness, dry, tingling. medium

  68. Quaker scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A beautiful expression, very flattering with a mouth a little lower (lack of youth perhaps?).
    • Nose
      Generous and round, on sweet and fruity scents. The notes I manage to isolate tend to apple, pear, honey, roasted cereals and a hint of vanilla. It is a very pleasant and energetic nose that aeration only reinforces.
    • Taste
      The mouth follows the nose, we take the components of the latter and mix everything. On the other hand, notes stand out more than others. So, I find that one leans more toward a woody / vanilla side with some spices. The fruity side is a little behind. So little disappointment compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      Moderately long with a small astringency.

  69. Bachess scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Number 11 of Tina's advent calendar 2010 I scored 40 points on this one. Thought it was a Aberlour

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