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Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

Does not measure up against the 'competition'

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RReview by @RikS

1st Dec 2018

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I got this little 5cl sample for free in my last delivery of Ocado, so I thought I'd take down a few notes for those that may have seen that it's regularly on sale at the supermarket and wonder if it's worth it. (Spoiler alert: it's not).

Nose: wood. spice. pronounced sweetness. nutmeg and clove. fresh unripened tropical fruit, green papaya.

Palate: first nothing... then some prickling spice. acetone yuck. barley sugar. some more wood spice. Quite nice viscosity, sadly coupled with not so great taste elements. more wood.

Finish: short and woody. Slight sourness, but faint. Some lingering nutmeg / cinnamon / clove spice.

This isn't the worst I've had, I think. That said, if you've been eyeing this one wondering if it's worth it at the regularly offered £22-24, the answer is no. At retail £35, NO. Emphatically.

This feels 'made cheap', compared to 'sometimes available cheap'. Sorry, that acetone note really irked me. For the same price, or a few quid more if you're in the UK, you can pick up a Glenmorangie 10, a Laphroaig QC, an Aberlour 10/12, a Highland Park 12 or a Johnnie Walker Green - all of which sweep the floor with this Glenlivet.

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2 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I tried it once. Never again unless I hear it has turned 180.

10 days ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

From what I've had of Glenlivet Founder's Reserve 77 points seems generous. I had some Glenlivet 12 yo at a tasting with Founder's Reserve once. The Founder's Reserve made the 12 yo look great by comparison. And Glenlivet 12 yo is pretty tame stuff. Tame, but not bad. Founder's Reserve by contrast keeps some pretty tawdry flavours in its laundry basket of a finish. I'll take the OB 12 yo any day of the day, week, month, and year over this stuff. And that coming from someone who has never ever bought a single bottle of any Glenlivet.

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