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The Glenlivet Nadurra (which is Gaelic for 'natural') has been available since 2005, always matured on first fill bourbon casks. Many batches have been bottled. We try the batch from July 2012, bottled at cask strength.
Very creamy nose on loads of vanilla, honey and oak. Then some banana and citrus follow in equal measures. A juicy pear with loads of cavaillon (melon). Barbapapa! Remember this? That candy sugar, of course. Marshmallows wrapped in white chocolate. Wonderful. With a little water it becomes sharper with some more oak. Not sure that was such a good idea.
It is also very creamy and sweet on the palate, with the citrusy notes taking charge. Loads of spices from the oak, now. Ginger, aniseed and white pepper. This is big! It does not really need water, but let me add just a splash. This makes the citrus fruit stand out even more.
The finish on citrus and ginger is long, with a lot of liquorice on the deathbed.
Very, very nice Glenlivet, but handle with care when adding water.