The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Nose: Granny Smith apples, vanilla and cardamom infused poached pears, Frank Cooper's Seville orange marmalade, Waitrose sticky toffee pudding, Cadbury’s Crunchie, sugared almonds, pineapple cubes, coconut ice, a stick of seaside rock and the subtlest suggestions of menthol freshness.
Palate: McDonald's apple pie, pear tarte tatin, pineapple upside-down cake, creme brûlée, HTB Jamaican spiced bun, Fry’s Turkish delight, vanilla fudge, apple Chewits, pear drops, pineapple cubes, Barr’s cream soda, grapefruit juice, orange zest, wood spice, white pepper and a kick-ette of something rather calvados-esque.
Finish: A light, lush linger-ette of finish that provides a concentrated kick of all the dessert led delights that were dished up and delivered on the palate.
Summary: No doubt the anti-non-age statement (NAS) brigade will be up in arms and will have their knickers in a twist over this new entry level Glenlivet. It may well be replacing their cracking core 12 Year Old bottling in certain markets, including the UK, but by no means is the Founders Reserve an inferior dram. Lighter yes, but it's equally as lush a livet as any of the range.