The Glenlivet re-introduces the world to its founder, George Smith, with the US release of Founder’s Reserve, a new, permanent benchmark expression in the brand’s core range. Founder’s Reserve is the ultimate tribute to George Smith’s original vision to craft the definitive, smooth single malt whisky: the single malt known as the original standard setter.
To truly celebrate the spirit of George Smith’s vision, 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. The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve replicates this freedom of choice.
“Founder’s Reserve is the ultimate tribute to George Smith, while also remaining true to the quality that Scotch-lovers expect from The Glenlivet,” said Laurent Cutier, Director of Scotch Portfolio at Pernod Ricard USA. “We are very proud to introduce this new expression and celebrate the man who pioneered our vision as being a brand that is the original standard setter in the single malt category and beyond.”
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 flavours 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 Founder’s Reserve is as 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 flavour 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.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve will be available at selected retailers at a suggested price of $44.99.