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I have a faiblesse for cask strength whisky. I have had other Glenlivets and found them nice but perhaps lacking Power. The Nàdurra CS does not lack Power nor taste.
Nose First whiff I'm being met by delicious green apples, citrus, oranges and mandarins. A real fruitbasket. Putting my nose to it again I begin to sense some vanilla notes accompanied by biscuit, pineapple and apple juice. It is not at all sharp even with the alcohol pushing 55%. Mildly floral but mostly an explosion of summer fruits.
Allowing it to breathe does open it up and bring some additional elements to the aroma. Greek Retsina wine and a very creamy vanilla with fresh pears.
Adding water brings out sweet bourbon notes, distinct wood and lets of an aroma of vanilla-pear icecream. Swedish icecream stick called "päronsplit".
Palate When introducing this finely scented nectar to your tongue you are reminded that it is a cask strength whisky. But, not at all in a bad way. It is a bit prickly and it packs some alcohol burn but it is Not "alcoholic" to the feel. I'm tasting vanilla, green apples, vanilla custard. It has a slight and pleasant bitterness. Adding water makes it much more floral and emphasises the very creamy vanilla in company with frangipane and a pleasantly bitter apple.
Finish The vanilla custard stays on for the duration of the trip. A slightly unripe apple that is bitter takes the backseat. Pineapple and a very slight peppery note.
It is not the most complex dram I've ever had. It's a bit reminiscent of the 18yr old but "more" in every aspect. A nice, somewhat light CS Bottling that is very unoffensive yet flavourfull.