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Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Batch FF0716

Naked Malt

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

27th Dec 2018

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    86

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Single malt whisky is a real chameleon. Its maturation time will greatly affect its final character. Malt whisky can be peated to a variety of ppm levels. It can be finished (or matured entirely) in a variety of cask types; red wine, port, sherry, white wine, madeira wine, rum casks, and it can be matured in a variety of cask sizes. Malt whisky can be bottled at a wide variety of abv percentages, so long as it is at least 40% abv. Each variable affects the taste and texture of the final product. Awhile back, I asked members of a Facebook group what their favourite 100% ex-bourbon, unpeated, cask strength single malt was. I was curious to taste a "naked" single malt scotch as a basis for future comparisons. Now obviously the distillery of origin will also affect the character of the malt, but at some point, I had to make some choices. Glenlivet's Nadurra First Fill was mentioned several times. Unfortunately, this one doesn't carry an age statement, but it is 100% ex-bourbon, it is unpeated, and it is presented at cask strength without chill-filtration or added colour.

Tasting notes

Batch FF0716, 59.1 % ABV

  • Nose (undiluted): honey, oak, honeydew melon, green apples,
  • Palate (undiluted): oak, floral honey, a bit of pepper, a hint of vanilla, melon
  • Finish: medium length, warming, classic Glenlivet but amped up, malted barley, toffee, a hint of milk chocolate

Adding water brings forth flavours of icing sugar, hazelnuts and dried banana chips. The chocolate note is also more prominent with water added. Chocolate-covered banana chips with hazelnuts? Yes, please! This one packs a wallop, so don't be afraid to add a teaspoon of water, or more. I think I prefer it with a little water. This whisky won't necessarily excite anyone, but it is classic Glenlivet. They definitely have a "signature" profile and it is displayed perfectly here.

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6 comments

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I haven't been a huge fan of the non age-stated Nadurras I've tried, but I haven't had the first fill. Maybe this one will be better. The Oloroso was downright bad.

11 months ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture This one was good, not great. I’d guess (a real SWAG) that it’s a vatting of 7-10 year old whisky. It would probably be better with a longer maturation.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Thanks for the review. I think I tasted something from the same batch...

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound I’m glad that I have a couple of 16 year old Nadurras in the bunker. I would like to try this one and the peated one if I can get a taste without having to commit to the full bottle purchase. Thanks for the very helpful review.

11 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie commented

I like your reasoning behind buying this bottle. I've tried this one and the Oloroso version (which both seem to be on special offer almost permanently at a large retailer here) and I was fairly unimpressed with both. You're right about the house character showing through - I guess that's a good thing.

11 months ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Hewie I’ve tasted most of Glenlivet’s offerings 18 years and under and the icing sugar + hazelnuts flavour is present in almost all of them, to varying degrees. At $80 CAD, I don’t regret this purchase, but I won’t replace it when it’s gone either. It’s no Uigeadail, that’s for sure.

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