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Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nadurra

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

23rd Oct 2013

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This has been on my to-do list for a while. I’ve recently rediscovered my bottle of ‘livet 18 that’s been sitting relatively untouched at the back of my cabinet for the better part of a year. It’s a lovely dram, and it’s reminded me that Glenlivet is indeed capable of making some fine whisky. Here we’ve got the 16 year old cask strength Nadurra.

Nose: Strong apples, vanilla, cereal, honey. Behind there are some floral notes, lemon, and pears. Fresh and very farmy. Reminiscent of a warm summer breeze over a field of wheat. Intense and enjoyable.

Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Apples, pears, lemon, honey, grass, vanilla and pancakes. There’s that strong cereal/grainy note again. It integrates beautifully with the honey and vanilla. This is very much a follow-through from the nose.

Finish: The honey, vanilla and cereal dominate, and they linger throughout the medium-long finish. A bit of oak here, too. There is also some nutmeg, ginger, and pepper, but the spices are gently presented and very well integrated. This is undoubtedly the best finish I’ve tasted from a Glenlivet whisky before.

I think this is lovely stuff. It’s not groundbreaking in the flavour department, but there’s a definite charm and character to this dram. The cereal/grain/honey/oak notes truly reminds of a lazy afternoon on a farm in late summer. No, it’s not particularly complex or challenging, but it is both strong and inviting. It’s also remarkably steady. Generally speaking; what you smell on the nose is delivered on the palate and is left lingering at the finish. Such consistency of flavour is rare, and a lesser whisky would not pull it off. But the Nadurra’s intrinsic quality and strong abv give us a bit more character and punch than I’ve come to expect from Glenlivet. Definitely recommended.

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

Thank you @hunggar for another solid review. This is one of those whiskies that 'drinks bigger than it scores' - larger than the sum of its parts...curious how that happens. Extremely enjoyable dram. Very nice review and accurate.

6 years ago 0

@WhiskyBee
WhiskyBee commented

Great review, as always. My tasting notes are similar to yours, although I'd add that I get a nice citrus tang in the finish, perhaps the most distinctive component of the Nadurra for me.

What's the bottling date for your batch? I have two opened bottles: 3/12 (54.9%) and 1/13 (56.9%), and the newer one is much more bold and flavorful. Of course, the Nadurra is one to decant or gas ASAP (see the comments in several Connosr reviews), so my older bottle may be a little tired. I don't think I gassed it soon enough. There's enough difference between the two bottles, however, to suggest batch variation may also be a major factor.

6 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Thanks for the feedback, fellas.

@paddockjudge: Very well put! It absolutely drinks bigger than it scores. Curious indeed.

@WhiskyBee: These tasting notes are from a friend's bottle, and unfortunately I didn't have the presence of mind to check the bottling date. I can tell you that it was freshly opened at the time, though. It was such a big hit at the table that the bottle was almost done at the end of the night, so I doubt time will get the chance to ravage this particular bottle. But when I finally do get a bottle of my own I'll be sure to keep your advice in mind!

6 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@hunggar - date of botle 11/11 54.2% abv - gas added after about six weeks at half-fill.

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