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Several months ago I purchased a bottle of Glenlivet Nadurra from the local Dan Murphy's. I'd been reading rave reviews about this cask strength whisky for months and finally decided to take the plunge.
It was a disappointment and a bottle that I struggled through, hoping all the while that it would just turn and I'd see the light and go "YES! THIS IS BRILLIANT!"
That never occurred.
So it was with some relief when I saw the last of that bottle that my wife, brother in law, sister in law and I had struggled through.
It was also with some excitement that I saw a sample of another batch of Nadurra had arrived in a recent whisky trade that I did with a friend of mine from Queensland, Systemdown.
This one sat at 54.2%abv and was from batch #11091.
After a long day at work when I arrived home I decided to crack open this sample and give it a shot.
Same color as the last Nadurra that I had.
A nose that is somewhat similar to the last Nadurra I had, definitely a Glenlivet, but better.
Honey, toffee, slightly floral, pears, apples, some slight spice, cinnamon I'd say.
Definitely not bad. There's something else yummy lingering under it all, but I can't pinpoint it.
Similar Nadurra taste, floral, but not hugely so, honey, toffee, oak, green fruits, apples and pears again, pears more so then apples.
Definitely a big step over over my first Nadurra!
Long lingering finish with slight floral notes, pears, and honey.
Not a bad whisky!
Not the world's most complex whisky, as my brother in law described it quite one dimensional, but a whisky that gets better when it has time to breath.
This is what I was hoping to get when I purchased my first Nadurra! This is a whisky I wouldn't mind paying $110 or so for a bottle.
I'd like to thank Systemdown in Queensland for this sample, this sample has made me much more inclined to try the Nadurra again and has also made me very aware that on this whisky I'll have to check for which batch the bottle is from.
If you get a chance to try a Nadurra do so. I might not just buy a bottle blind, but if you see it at a bar, don't hesitate to give it a shot, you might enjoy it, you might not.