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Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

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Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby Doug1937 » Tue May 11, 2010 5:29 pm

Is this being discontinued? It's not available in most places I've looked. I found a single bottle in one store and bought it, planning to leave it unopened until it's worth quite a bit. But yesterday I just found a different store that has 3 bottles of it.

Is this expression worth collecting? I loved the other Balvenies I've tried (DW & 15 year). If it's not being discontinued then it's not really worth bothering to collect. If it's not a tasty dram then that's another reason not to bother.

I've never tried it and I want to, but I don't want to open this one just yet. I did that with a Bowmore Darkest NAS and have regretted it (didn't think of keeping it in reserve until too late).

Of course, the Bowmore Darkest NAS wasn't excellent, so I'm not sure I missed much by not keeping it in reserve. But I think that expression is being discontinued as well, right?
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby scotchdrinker » Tue May 11, 2010 5:36 pm

Well the FR 10 is already discontinued. The fact you found 3 bottles in a store near you is amazing. I have been unable to find it around here for at least 6 months. It is a very tasty dram. There have been many on this forum who say the dw is better and many who say the fr is better. i like them both in their different ways.

On the collector's side of things I am not sure. I don't collect. I drink. Maybe someone else can give you some thoughts on collecting
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby mondem99 » Tue May 11, 2010 6:24 pm

I had two of the these and opened both of them when I was celebrating my ten year wedding anniversay last year. The nose is very impressive, you can just pour it and leave it there for the aroma to fill the room;quite sweet as well. One of my biggest regrets for opening them since I can't find it anywhere else.
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby The Third Dram » Thu May 13, 2010 12:09 am

Doug1937 wrote:Is this expression worth collecting?

If you're planning to drink it, then the answer is certainly, "Yes!" :wink:
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby Sir Dino » Fri May 14, 2010 10:29 am

I think it's not worth to collect except you're collecting Balvenie... :wink:

What kind of bottle is it?
Is it the old Founder's Reserve in the cognac style bottle or the "new" one (since 1993)?
The new FR cost about 30 EUR a few years ago. Today you'll get one on Ebay for about 40 EUR...
The old bottle is today about 100 - 130 EUR and interesting to collectors.

But the FR is definitely worth to drink! :thumbsup: I love it!
Especially the old FR is a lovely dram... Smooth, much more sherry influence than the new one...
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby Dubois » Fri May 14, 2010 11:15 am

I don't collect...I drink & enjoy
Very hard to find, so if you see it, grab it !
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby orangedogofglory » Sat May 15, 2010 6:10 am

Still on plenty of shelves here. I have one opened and one closed so I'm not in a rush to buy another... I don't see it appreciating much in value - but who knows. I'm of like mind with Sir Dino here... drink up!
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby Doug1937 » Fri May 28, 2010 1:23 am

I gave in and opened it. Not bad at all...quite tasty, in fact, especially the 2nd dram. :P However, I did think it was a bit rough, at least compared to the 15 year old single barrel, or even the 12 year old. Definitely could use a bit more aging. I guess I can better understand now why it was discontinued.
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby Drammed » Mon May 31, 2010 9:12 pm

Doug1937 wrote:I gave in and opened it. Not bad at all...quite tasty, in fact, especially the 2nd dram. :P However, I did think it was a bit rough, at least compared to the 15 year old single barrel, or even the 12 year old. Definitely could use a bit more aging. I guess I can better understand now why it was discontinued.


I too found it a little rough compared to its older siblings, however, that did not stop me from polishing off the rather quickly and enjoying every sip.
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Re: Balvenie Founder's Reserve 10 Year Old

Postby les taylor » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:42 am

It has certainly dissappeared from the shelves in these parts. I don't see much Doublewood either. Plenty of Signature though.
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