The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
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The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve


The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky. The expression was released in 2014 and named in honour of The Glenlivet’s founder, George Smith.

Master Distiller Alan Winchester is credited with creating this brilliant Speyside single malt, and he claims to have based the distillation of this whisky based on George Smith’s original methods of whisky making.

History of the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

Illicit distiller George Smith established what would go on to become The Glenlivet Whisky back in 1827 when he mastered and perfected his whisky making methods, earning a considerable infamy for his stellar single malt whisky.

The Speyside had a number of illicit distilleries at the time, none that rose the level of prominence that The Glenlivet managed to attain, tempting even King George IV himself to request a dram.

George Smith pushed to legitimize his distillery by obtaining a license to distill, and thus The Glenlivet became the first legal distillery in the Speyside, something that did not sit well with other illicit distillers in the region.

Smith did not give up, and continued to create the finest Speyside single malt until his death whereupon his son, John Gordon Smith took over the production. The Glenlivet had become so successful by this time that other neighboring distilleries began using the name on their bottles in order to profit off its market stature.

John Gordon Smith fought and won the rights to The Glenlivet brand name, and oversaw the business for many years eventually passing on the brand’s ownership to Captain Bill Smith, his great-nephew. Captain Smith guided the business through not one, but two difficult periods, the Great Depression and Prohibition.

Surviving the harshest business conditions, The Glenlivet has maintained its allure and superior quality for over two centuries. It is one of the world’s bestselling single malt whiskies, and is the bestselling malt whisky in the United States of America.

Making Process of the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a no-age-statement single malt, and has been created by marrying the spirit from a number of barrels located at the iconic Speyside Distillery.

Master Distiller Alan Winchester also personally selects a handful of aged Oak barrels and a few first fill American Oak barrels to finish the whisky in.

Along with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet 12, Glenlivet 18 and Glenlivet 25 are one of the most iconic and very well-known single malt whiskies from the brand.

Alcohol Percentage of the Glenlivet 1824

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible standard limit for Scotch whiskies.

Awards of the Glenlivet 1824

Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2017.

Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside No Age Statement category in 2015.

Silver at the International Spirits Challenge in the Distillers Single Malts – Speyside – No Age category in 2018.

Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside No Age Statement category in 2018.

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The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Tasting Notes


Fresh, with aromas of citrus fruit and sweet orange.


Long, lingering with a creamy smoothnes


Fruity, zesty with the sweetness of oranges, pear and toffee apples.


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