The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch: We’ve looked at our fair share of The Glenlivet Scotch and you can read those tasting notes here, here, here and here. Last week we were generously invited to a tasting of the newly anticipated The Glenlivet Founders Reserve. Luckily for us we were amongst the first people to sample this Scotch, anywhere! The Glenlivet Founders Reserve has been created in honour of their pioneering founder George Smith who envisaged a whisky with fruit sweetness and smooth characteristics way back in 1824. Fast forward to the present day and The Glenlivet single malt range is now world-famous for those wonderful, warming smooth fruit flavours. The new Founders Reserve whisky balances these flavours exceptionally, with creaminess and sweet characteristics made possible with the use of First Fill American oak casks. Creating such a tasty whisky for a limited period is a somewhat easier task than making a beautiful dram for the long-term, it requires consistency. The Glenlivet took it upon themselves to create a new Scotch that can be enjoyed again and again, and again.
On the nose: you’ll be hit with intense bouquet of sweet pears, toffee and Demerara, swiftly followed by honey and banana candy. Some spicy notes will start to emerge with vanilla, cinnamon and flavours of a tropical nature, with a touch of oak and some grape notes. On the palate: those initial sweet notes of toffee and banana are very present. Followed by more toffee and that ever so lovely crème brûlée note. There is a peppery cinnamon kick, alongside some notes of oak and a hint of fennel seed. The finish: is medium to long, creamy and peppery, with lingering oak.
The verdict: This no age statement The Glenlivet is exactly what it set out to be, a dram that will be easy to drink, maybe a little too easy. It was very reminiscent of the Guardians’ Chapter “Exotic” that I tasted last year. It is sweet and tropical but still has a peppery, oaky edge with a full body. All-in-all a very well-balanced drop that will be gratefully received by the masses. Definitely a whisky that doesn’t really need any water but if you want to unlock the plethora of notes available, then only add a few drops. Just allowing it to breathe for around 10 minutes really did make a difference without adding any water.
The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online at The Whisky Shop for approximately £36
For more information on this Founders Reserve Single Malt Scotch, check out the official Glenlivet website.