I had a bottle of this from my brother in law instead of the usual bottle of Glenmorangie he normally buys me. A huge drop in quality from that stuff. All in all a disappointing drink. Worth taking a chance on at £20 though I guess as everyones tastes are different.
Still a pleasant malt IMO this is the price point I am happy to load up the whisky cupboard at. To me, a combination of flavours are the ticket because sometimes even an eighteen year old glenfiddich can get a bit boring 😁
I haven't paid more than £18 for it myself. At this price point I prefer Johnny Walker black label which I bought for £15 on an Amazon deal. The only Glenlivet I normally drink is the 18 YO. but that's an entirely different proposition.
The only thing I could recommend the FR is mixers/cocktails, but then - you can't really taste the whisky in these anyway, so cheaper popular blends are a better option. By the way, the young whisky they serve in Glenlivet distillery straight from the cask at the beginning of the distillery tour is significantly better than Founders Reserve. FR clearly haven't found its market yet, as it's clearly not a replacement for 12yo (as they tried to explain) but a far inferior product, yet still marketed at around £25 price point. If someone asked me to price it to sell, I would make it £18 full price with frequent promotions reaching as low as £14 per 70cl bottle. In the £20-25 price bracket there is many superior choices of single malt whisky (speyside and other styles).
It's fairly unoffensive, drinkable stuff and at £20 the price is fair. Love the 15 year old french oak reserve Glenlivet do, but you are talking closer to £40 a bottle.