The Glenlivet tells BourbonBlog.com they have re-introduces the world to its founder, George Smith, with the US release of Founder’s Reserve at a new, permanent benchmark expression in the brand’s core range (Price: $45 for 700 ml and 40% ABV).
Founder’s Reserve is a tribute to George Smith’s original vision to craft the definitive, smooth single malt whisky.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve has been created using the time-honored distillation methods that he introduced almost 200 years ago.
In the early 1800’s the whisky category was produced without age statements, and distillers like Smith selected the liquid from a variety of aged casks.
With George Smith’s original vision in mind, current Master Distiller Alan Winchester has chosen aged oak casks and American first-fill oak casks in the process of making The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve.
Selective use of these unique casks helped provide a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles pleasantly with the subtle flavors and complex fruity tones already present in this one-of-a-kind single malt.
Made with water from the same crystal-clear mountain streams, in the same cold, pure airs of Glenlivet, The Glenlivet on the taste of Founder’s Reserve:
Smooth and fruity as the whisky that first ran from the original copper pot stills back in 1824.
To add a taste of innovation to the flavor of this expression, the result is an exceptionally well-balanced and smooth single malt. To the nose there are delicate aromas of citrus fruit, and the palate is sweet, with notes of oranges and pears, and hints of toffee apples and candy. The long, creamy, smooth finish makes this a deliciously satisfying dram.