Pale Speyside gold with notes of citrus and toffee apples and a dreamy finish.
A tasty dram.

When George Smith began distilling way back in the 1820s – before the Excise Act legalised distilling in Scotland – he selected whisky from the traditional oak casks of a range of ages, which gave each expression its own distinct characteristics. The Glelivet Founders Reserve aims to replicate this by selecting whisky from a variety of traditional aged oak casks along with American first-fill oak casks to provide a smooth, sweet creaminess balancing the complex fruity tones.

Tasting notes

A sweet dram, multi-dimensional and very drinkable in a number of ways.

The Nose:  Citrus fruit, sweet orange, toffee,

The Palate:  Zesty orange, pear, toffee apples, with a hint of anise

The Finish:  Long, creamy, smooth, toffee

The decision to replace the 12 year old with the Founders Reserve has not been universally acclaimed. The lack of an age statement always opens the door for criticism and this is no exception.

I find this an excellent dram to drink as a half’n’half.
In this case, neat with a crisp lager rather than a dark ale.
In Glasgow, I’d pair it with something like a St Mungo lager from West Beers. The standard Scottish 35ml measure gives the whisky enough heft to complement the lager throughout and it’s a great summer drink.

Perhaps not conventional wisky drinking, but what can I say.
It’s whisky. It’s a personal matter.
Drink what you like, as you like it.

Roadtested in the Scotia Bar, Glasgow, Scotland.