To truly capture the essence of founder George Smith’s vision, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve has been created using the time-honoured distillation methods that he introduced so long ago.

Made with water from the same crystal-clear mountain streams, in the same cold, pure air, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is as smooth and fruity as the whisky that first ran from the original copper pot stills. These unique, lantern-shaped copper stills, designed by the man himself, are not the only important tools in our distilling legacy. The traditional oak casks in which The Glenlivet distillery mature the whisky give each expression its own distinct characteristics.

When George Smith began distilling, The Glenlivet had no age statements and he selected whisky from casks of a range of ages. The Speyside distillery replicated this freedom with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, selecting whisky from a variety of traditional aged oak casks.

Then, to lend a modern twist to the flavour of the expression, Master Distiller Alan Winchester marries together a selection of the aged oak casks and American first-fill oak casks. American first-fill oak casks are those that have never before been used to mature whisky. The selective use of these casks provides a smooth, creamy sweetness that mingles harmoniously with the delicate flavours and complex fruity tones already present in the whisky.

“For the Founder’s Reserve we have the liberty to pick the casks that taste the best. We’ve tried to stay true to George’s original vision to create the definitive smooth Speyside malt.”
The Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester

recommended cocktails

the last king

pineapple helps to highlight the smooth, fruity style of The Glenlivet

Pineapple has long been held as a symbol of hospitality and it’s universally loved flavour is a great way to introduce people to the delicious flavours of our whisky.

  • Shake all ingredients with cubed ice, and strain over hand-cracked ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple. Take five cardamom pods, a single star anise, two husks of mace / ¼ of grated nutmeg, a small pinch of cumin, 2 cloves and 3 quills of cinnamon and crush in a pestle and mortar. Mix the finely ground spices with 200g of brown sugar and sprinkle onto thick slices of pineapple that have been skinned. Place the pineapples in an oven at 120°C for fifteen minutes to gently roast. Place the roasted pineapple, 200ml of pineapple juice and 200ml of caster sugar in a blender. Straining the syrup to remove any pineapple.
    • 50ml The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
    • 25ml spice-roasted pineapple syrup
    • 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice



A refreshing low-calorie summertime whisky cocktail

The soft natural flavours of coconut water provide the perfect accompaniment to the laid-back character of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve.


Add The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, fresh lime and coconut water to a highball glass half full of crushed ice and stir. Fill the glass with crushed ice, taking care not to bring the level of the liquid up too high. Dash with the Amargo Chuncho bitters. This drink can also be served as a sharing drink in a jug, pitcher or punch bowl. Simply increase the volumes of the ingredients depending on the number of people to serve. Add cubed ice and stir, then strain or ladle into ice-filled glasses.

  • 50ml The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
  • 10ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 120ml coconut water
  • 2 dashes Amargo Chuncho
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written by.

KC Yap

Editor, Augustman Malaysia
The Glenlivet Pays Tribute To Founder With The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
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