Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L092249 203
Added on
01 Sep 2009 4:58 pm

Average value

€ 36.46

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch Founder's Reserve 1797

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.24 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    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.


    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.


    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.


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