The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve with herb and parmesan cheese polenta porcini ragout and hazelnut oil

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve: Legends from 1824  

From the valleys of Scotland comes a smooth and creamy single malt.

The Glenlevit storyWords and photos: Ambica Gulati

There’s always a story behind every thing that survives time. And the intense story of this local dram which became a legendary drink comes from the smuggler-ridden valley of smooth flowing River Livet. Once upon a time this remote glen in Scotland was famous for its illegal whisky trade and distilleries. Until the arrival of King George IV in 1822 who asked for a taste of this whisky. And the rest is history, entrepreneur George Smith saw an opportunity and obtained a license for a distillery. This was set up close to Josie’s Well, a natural spring. Since 1824, the whisky has gone through gunfire, fire, licensing and patenting issues until it became The Glenlivet. (To know more, click here

The Glenlivet soiréeThe Glenlevit soiree

We experienced it with the Brand Ambassador Alex Robertson in Delhi at The Oberoi. It was a soirée with a blend of poetry, harp music and Robertson in his traditional dress—very Scottish. While Seth recited poems from his latest book, we sipped The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet 15 and The Glenlivet 18 paired with some well thought out dishes.

The Glenlivet pairing
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve with herb and parmesan cheese polenta porcini ragout and hazelnut oil
The Glenlevit pairing
The Glenlivet 15 YO with Passion Fruit Sorbet

How to drink
Robertson pointed out that there’s no single correct way of tasting single malts. While some swirl, other sip, yet others gulp. But if you wait a second and breathe in the aromas, you can sense the notes and feel them glide down your mouth. I would say sip it slowly and let the smoothness roll in your mouth. Some might like to add a little bit of water too. But this one is best enjoyed on the rocks.

The Glenlevit pairing
The Glenlevit 18 Yo with Baby spinach, with ricotta cannelloni Genovese pesto and Roma tomato sauce

The making and the notes
With Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet house style is skilfully complemented with creaminess and sweetness from the addition of First Fill American oak casks. Founder’s Reserve has been developed by Master Distiller, Alan Winchester and has a balanced smooth and fruity flavour.

  • Colour: Pale Gold
  • Nose: Delicate aromas of citrus fruit, notably sweet orange.
  • Palate: Sweet, fruit notes of zesty oranges and pears, with a hint of candy, toffee apples
  • Finish: Long, creamy and smooth

Price: Rs 4,750-6,800 per 75 cl bottle (prices varies in each state)
Available in Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Mumbai and Bangalore. And in Travel Retail – Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore for $48 per litre bottle.

Who brings it
Chivas Brothers Ltd is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

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