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The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection

Vanilla cake...with alcohol!

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

6th Aug 2017

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    86

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Nose: sweet, creamy vanilla cake. I am melting a single ice cube in the glass, because otherwise this whisky is just too hot and tart to fully enjoy. As the ice melts it releases more enticing vanilla with just the slightest hint of lemon zest.

Taste: full, malty, with vanilla and grassy flavours which hit right away and spread across the tongue. Sort of one-dimensional but still quite beautiful with the full-bodied sweetness leading the way.

Finish: slightly tangy, oak-laden, not much in the way of fruit.

Balance: in many ways, this is Scotch in its purest form. No smoke, sherry, or fancy wine finish to obscure the pure taste of the malt. And a lovely taste it is, though perhaps lacking in the flavour development you would expect from a more fully-matured Speyside malt.

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5 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Any ideas how old this one is? Any more info on how it's made? And where did you find it? Doesn't seem available in Ontario

10 days ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Nozinan

My palate suggests 6-8 years old. Non-chillfiltered, very little if any colouring added. Whether the "first-fill American oak" on the label indicates virgin oak or first-refill bourbon is unclear, but I assume the latter.

I got it on clearance at my local LCBO.

9 days ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Megawatt Wow, that's a long way, age wise, from the Nadurra 16 year old. If you are right it's no wonder they don't want to put an age statement on it. They should quit calling it Nadurra. Very helpful review. I would try it if the price was right, but I expect it will be at least as much as the benchmark 16. I still have 2 of those and I'm looking for more.

Cheers.

9 days ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@BlueNote

I remember getting the 16 year old Nadurra for around $85, which I believe is $10 cheaper than the current NAS bottlings. However I got mine at 20% off, which was a relatively solid value.

Incidentally, I also just tried the Duty Free version of the Peated Cask Finish Nadurra, which is 48%. It was much better than I expected.

9 days ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Megawatt Good to know. I'll be hitting a duty free later this month, I'll keep an eye out for the peated version. I don't mind youth so much when it is peated.

9 days ago 0

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