**May 2019: Glenlivet Founder's Reserve is now known as Glenlivet Founder's Reserve American Oak Selection. It had a recent package change, but it is still the same product.**
Boasting the classic flavors of The Glenlivet bound up in a creamy, smooth texture, this expression is a tribute to the one who started it all: George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet.
To truly capture the essence of George Smithís vision, The Glenlivet Founderís Reserve has been created using the time-honoured distillation methods that he introduced so long ago. Made with water from the same crystal-clear mountain streams, in the same cold, pure air, The Glenlivet Founderís Reserve is as smooth and fruity as the whisky that first ran from the original copper pot stills. These unique, lantern-shaped copper stills, designed by the man himself, are not the only important tools in Glenlivet's distilling legacy. The traditional oak casks in which they mature the whisky give each expression its own distinct characteristics.
When George Smith began distilling, The Glenlivet had no age statements and he selected whisky from casks of a range of ages. They have replicated this freedom with The Glenlivet Founderís Reserve, selecting whisky from a variety of traditional aged oak casks. Then, to lend a modern twist to the flavor of the expression, Master Distiller Alan Winchester marries together a selection of the aged oak casks and American first-fill oak casks. American first-fill oak casks are those that have never before been used to mature whisky. Selective use of these casks provides a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles harmoniously with the delicate flavors and complex fruity tones already present in the whisky.
COLOR: Pale gold
NOSE: Citrus fruit, sweet orange
PALATE: Zesty orange, pear, toffee apples
FINISH: Long, creamy, smooth
ENJOY WITH: Light dishes of salmon
AWARDS & RATINGS
96pts, Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal - 2016 Int'l Wine & Spirit Competition
Bronze Medal - 2016 World Whiskies Awards
89pts, Very Good - 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
"Delicate and complex, this newly released Scotch boasts scents of maple sugar and spice, and unfurls on the palate with a distinctly floral start that evolves into creamy vanilla, honey, sarsaparilla and baking spice. Light and silky, it almost feels effervescent on the tongue, finishing with a perky herbal note reminiscent of hops." -Rated 96, Wine Enthusiast