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Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nadurra

Oak Done Right

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@vanPeltReview by @vanPelt

17th May 2013

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First vapor: Starts like mahogany wood and maybe yesterday's smoked pipe. These give way quickly to a sweetness...

Nose: Toffee more than honey, over a background of vanilla and faint mixed apples. Citrus rind tickles the nose like a muted peppery spice. A light toffee-apple with a zesty sting. Nose2: After a few minutes breathing, the toffee is more like crusty dough; the apples are more like pear; and the spice more like cinnamon. A baked cinnamon-pear tart. Nose 3: With even more time, smoothens to a creamy pudding of lemon and ginger.

Palate: Big sour green apple peels make a big splash. Then this crashes out into pleasant vanilla... turning creamy lemon, and then bringing peppery oak spices like nutmeg and ginger, over dry pear.

Finish: The spices temporarily fade to potpourri as a vanilla smoothness revisits; then lemon lingers and brings back the oak spices-- possibly anise but definitely nutmeg.

I was pleasantly surprised by the balance: The fruits are strong even though they are light, but it is not too sweet. Oak brings strong but pleasant spices (which for instance are absent in the 18), with the only upset being on the entrance. I usually prefer having at least a touch of sherry element to bring depth and balance-- But if you prefer scotches with predominantly oaky (and bourbon) character, then this is one of the best expressions that I have encountered.

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5 comments

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Nice review. This is a favorite of mine. If I may ask, which batch was it? Thanks for the review.

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Thanks @teebone673 and very welcome. This was the "Old Edition". Which batch would you recommend (or warn against) based on your experience?

6 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

My absolute favorite batch is 1111T. Unfortunately I have been unable to locate another bottle of that batch. In that batch I get all the apple fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, wood spice, almost a watermelon as well.

Now, the current batch I have opened in 0512T and I am not as happy with it. To me it is missing all the fruit from my previous batches and is all wood. Strong wood. Not a bad batch, but definately not one of my favorites. It is only a couple months opened so maybe it will get better as I come back to it.

6 years ago 0

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Hi guys, I can highly recommend batch #11091 (Nov 2009 bottling). @SquidgyAsh has reviewed both the #0512T and a sample of my #11091 on this site and he rates them miles apart.

@vanPelt The "Old Edition" mustn't be an official designation as I can't find mention of it, but going on the ABV of 57.7% I think I found it on Whisky Monitor: whisky-monitor.com/bottle.jsp/…'

That would be batch #1007D from 2007? Wondering where you might've picked this up, or have you had it on hand for a number of years (just curious!). Cheers!

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Hi guys-- It was a bit of an accident, since more than a year ago I ordered samples from master-of-malt: I was hoping to learn whether the Nadurra could be worth buying next time I passed duty free. (A salesman had earlier steered me away from it, claiming it was just very woody.) But new information indicates this actually might not yield a batch quality similar to what I've tasted?

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