See here for detailed history of Glen Garioch distillery. Founder’s Reserve is the entry level malt for Glen Garioch. The malt celebrates the brothers who first established the distillery over 200 years ago. It’s release with no age statement and is likely less than ten years old. One thing notable about Glen Garioch’s core expressions is that they’re all bottled at 48% ABV and non-chill filtered. Most non-chill filtered whisky is bottled at 46% ABV so this slightly higher strength is a deviation from the norm. Founder’s Reserve is a combination of bourbon and sherry casks.
Nose: rich maple syrup, cinnamon spice, robust, green apple, walnuts
Mouth: great wood spices, well rounded, full bodied, bold, honey, slightly floral, orange peels, malty, cloves
Finish: oak spices, burnt hickory, warming, medium-long finish, lingering sherry sweetness, apple skin, hint of white pepper
Verdict: To be honest I didn’t expect this entry level malt to taste this good. Founder’s Reserve is pretty complex for it’s price point. The nose is full of pleasantly rich maple syrup, cinnamon spice, green apple and walnuts. On the palate there is some great wood spices, cereal grains and honey. The spirit is well rounded, full bodied and boldly spicy. It’s a great tasting spirit! The finish is quite long with different flavors. It starts with oak spices and burnt hickory then turns into lingering sherry sweetness, apple skins and later a hint of white pepper. In the sub $50 price range Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve may be one of the best bargains available on the market. It’s very complex malt which is young but quite delicious.