Balvenie Founder’s Reserve was launched in 1982, when the entire single malt category was responsible for less than 1% of Scotch whisky sales. Why William Grant & Sons chose Cognac-reminiscent bottles remains their secret, but R.J.S. McDowall, the author of The Whiskies of Scotland claims that the shape of the long-necked bottle is reminiscent of Balvenie stills. The original Founder’s Reserve carried no age statement, we know however that those days it was made from whiskies matured for 8 to 9 years and each batch required 60 or more casks to produce the desired profile. In the late 1980s Founder’s Reserve was re-launched as 10 years old.
Nose: very rich, honey, toffee, apricots, oranges, raisins, beeswax, pine resin, bunch of garden herbs, touch of eucalyptus, dash of pepper and oak.
Palate: honey, vanilla, caramel, nougat, raisins, dried apricots, prunes, black cherries, orange peel, hints of candied ginger and delicate peppery and herbal notes.
Finish: long and rich, with notes of honey, caramel, walnuts, dried fruit and herbs.