I hope the good people at Glenlivet never read this review. Not that there is any remote chance they would anyway, but hope remains. You see, we as a club have tried every readily available expression from Glenlivet with the exception of their 25 year old. We’re not dentists, so we don’t count the glass case whiskies. All savored except one, the very whisky meant for whisky enthusiasts everywhere, a love note from Glenlivet to the snob: Nadurra. Nadurra is a single malt that has every quality we absolutely beg for and we criticize without blessed end when we find those qualities missing. Nadurra is Gaelic for “natural,” appropriately named since the goal is to offer something that changes as very little as possible coming from the cask to bottle. And since we formed back in 2012, it wasn’t even on our collective radar, or even on our individual must drink lists. Since I started this ridiculous hobby sometime last decade, I was the first of any of the mighty seven of the SWC to recently stumble into a joint and saunter out with a bottle. It’s a bit embarrassing that we have yet to submit an opinion. So there’s that.
Everything you need to know about Nadurra can be found on the label and the box. This Speyside single malt is bottled at a “natural” cask strength of 54.2%. This particular release was bottled in 2011, and clocks in at 16 years old, aged in first fill ex-bourbon casks. No coloring is added and no chill-filtration occurs, of course. An NAS oloroso sherry finished Nadurra is on the market currently, and is similarly priced. The Nadurra feature on Glenlivet’s website does not include an age-statement on the ex-bourbon version that we sample today, so I guess we can add the 16 year old to the growing list of age stated whiskies being replaced by younger ones in the near future. And so it rides off into the horizon like so many others. On to it…
SWC Group Review
Nose- Glenlivet standards of green apple and honey. Vanilla/butterscotch but not as strong as other releases seem to indicate. Almonds, sweet cakes and apricot. Cereal notes with herbal feel. Weighty and big.
Taste- Big, creamy peach/apricot – stone fruits. Honey sweet, ginger. Fantastic.
Finish- Medium to long. Grain punch with honey, big. Floral with drying oak notes.
Comment- Bold and full of character. Presents as advertised. Great taste and a strong option for those who wish to see Scotch whisky unfiltered, uncut and uncensored.
SWC Rating – 89/100
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