The Glenlivet Founders Reserve Review | Whiskey Raiders
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The Glenlivet Founders Reserve

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  • Distiller:

    Glenlivet

  • Bottler:

    Glenlivet

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish has lingering white pepper spice, along with honey and a touch of butterscotch. Simple and clean.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Water enhances and sweetens the nose, but deepens that mid-palate hole.
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  • Raided Score: 78
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Some parts remind me of Jameson’s blends. It’s very honest, easy stuff, a kind of smart crowd pleaser. Not sure about the price, though (remember, the problem with modern NAS isn't about quality, it's about price positioning). Younger plus more expensive, almost an oxymoron.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: This young and approachable whisky is best shared with friends where the conversation doesn’t necessarily need to be about whisky
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Light and silky, it almost feels effervescent on the tongue, finishing with a perky herbal note reminiscent of hops.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: On a very young spirit, those granary notes can be overwhelming and brutish, but here Glenlivet tempers the entire experience to the point where the cereal notes fold themselves into a rounded and pleasing whole that would be at home alongside any well-made blend. Take that as you like.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Not super complex, but there were some characteristics I didn't super enjoy. Astringency in the palate, while light, was disappointing given the proof. Faint bitterness in the finish was also undesirable as well.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s a bit weak and light, but to be fair that’s often the name of the game for an entry malt. People want it to be “smooth”, approachable and without any off-notes.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Plenty of fruit, too (golden raisin, honeyed peach, ripe nectarine, hint of banana bread). Richly textured, good weight (but not cloying), and the flavors combine seamlessly.
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  • Intro:

    This is a NAS expression from The Glenlivet that features a small portion of single malt that has been matured in first fill American oak. It is artificially colored.

  • Nose:

    Apples, honey, vanilla, light caramel, very faint oak.

  • Taste:

    Thin, no heat. Not super bold - light and prominently features apples, faint leather, honey, some astringency and vanilla.

  • Finish:

    Short, mostly vanilla and apple here. Some faint bitterness.

  • Overall:

    Not super complex, but there were some characteristics I didn't super enjoy. Astringency in the palate, while light, was disappointing given the proof. Faint bitterness in the finish was also undesirable as well. That said, though, this is a nice light dram that doesn't require much thought and seems well suited for the warmer weather Wisconsin has been plagued with lately.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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