Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
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Added on
09 Feb 2015 10:27 am by z-imaging

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€ 32.36

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

91 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.83 points

  1. peatjens scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    The kind of alcohol you can add to your cola without thinking about it.

  2. foxyproxy scored this whisky 54 points Newbie

    Good beginner whisky, very accessible due to its thin and sweet fruity nature. Bit of a strong alcohol finish. Let it acclimate, oxygen will smooth it out. Used to be my favorite but I try a different bottle almost every time I go out to buy one. And with each new bottle, this one seems to become less impressive. In reality there's better whisky's to be had for lower prices.
    • Nose
      55 55
      Thick and bourbon like, bit grassy -> Fades into -> Toffee, Caramel, Straw, Almond, Alcohol
    • Taste
      72 72
      Peachy, Sharp, Fruity, Toffee, Alcohol
    • Finish
      35 35
      Sweet, Fleeting, Alcohol, Lingering slight hint of fruit and iron

  3. InbhirNis scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    Overpowering smell and taste of something a bit like pear, only horrid and completely artificial. It's so unpleasant that it makes me wonder whether this contains a (nasty) flavour congener that only some people can taste, as celery does...

    One of only two single malts I've ever had that I'd actively prefer not to drink. I was given the bottle as a gift, but after trying four drams spread over a couple of months (partly because I couldn't believe it could really be this bad) I gave the rest away.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Very fruity, slightly artificial, a little on gummy bears or jelly fruits, vanilla and only a little oak at the end
    Mouth: Very sweet, but also somehow bitter, strange. I think it's quite young with oak on it.
    Finish: Very harsh, almost bitter, strange.

  5. robain scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    • Nose
      80 80
      hay, oat, gas, corn, alcoholic
    • Taste
      76 76
      subtle taste, some vanilla, dry hay,
    • Finish
      77 77
      Very short to nothing.

  6. Punktar scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve has disappointed me. I've recently tried a Founder`s Reserve from Balvenie - I was probably a little biased and had presented me at the naming much more ... But for beginners, so to drank away may`s go.
    • Nose
      65 65
      First fruity. Then it seems somehow artificial. Rather like fruity - perfumed. And otherwise I find nothing there. Well, the fifth time maybe smell some vanilla, but maybe also imagination.
    • Taste
      65 65
      First, this fruitiness, then only alcohol. This is a little bit and does not change on the second sip. I would like to describe something more, but there is nothing.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Actually only alcohol, medium.

  7. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some dates then what at first appears to be a touch of salinity, but is better described as a slightly sharp plum and apricot wine note. There's orange zest, toffee, hints of struck match and chocolate raisins, but before this starts to sound 'Sherried' there's also pear drops, a dusting of sweet cinnamon, honeysuckle and sweet pea.
    • Taste
      Fruity, then sweet, more toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate Flakes, apple turnovers.
    • Finish
      Creamy toffee to the fore now, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.

  8. Marcel74 scored this whisky 55 points Expert Junior

    Beginner whisky:

    The novice whisky drinker will like this one because the palate has yet to be developed and has no references as to how better whiskys taste. This whisky has everything a whisky should not have, the 40% makes it watery, but very accessible for a beginner. The colorant in it disguises its young age (probably the minimum of 3 years) and in addition the barrels used are of poor quality.. of course it is heavily chill filtered.. the whisky has little smell and taste and I find it watery ...
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  9. jvanopstal scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    A young whisky but still pleasant
    • Nose
      73 73
      Fresh with peach, caramel and vanilla
    • Taste
      72 72
      Thin mouthfeel and sweet with vanilla
    • Finish
      73 73
      Medium long and warming

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The "Founders" seem to have been terrible people that they deserve such a weak and pointless malt in their rememberance.


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