The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The opening salvo of the Glenlivet range, named in honor of the distillery’s founder, George Smith. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, with a creamy and fruity character bolstered by the use of first-fill American oak to mature some of the whisky.
First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder’s Reserve is now available in the UK and will be replacing The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve 12 year old in many of the mature markets despite initial indications that it would sit beside it, broadening the entry-level options. Named in tribute to distillery founder George Smith, it’s packaged in Georgian blue.
This new release pays homage to the distillery’s founder, George Smith, who set out to create the smoothest of all whiskies. It’s aged in first-fill American oak casks for an intensely smooth, creamy finish.
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.
Palate: Fruity, then sweet, more toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate Flakes, banoffee pie, and apple turnovers.
Finish: Creamy toffee to the fore now, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.
Overall: Perhaps a little sweet, but it would work well with ice where the sweetness would be slightly suppressed – and before you shudder with disgust, Alan Winchester said that he liked his with a little ice sometimes too. And if it’s good enough for the Master Distiller.