Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old

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Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old Batch No: 19119
Single malt


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Speyside, Scotland  
Best served:

Non-chill filtered 
First fill ex-bourbon casks 
A vibrant and punchy whisky, on the palate it offers crisp yellow stone fruit, golden apple and strawberry chocolate with sharp tartness and the finish of drying oak, the vapour of alcohol and chocolate bullets 

Tasting notes:  
“Nadurra” means ‘natural’ in the Gaelic language. This appropriately sums up this whisky which is bottled at ‘natural strength’ after 16 years of maturation in American oak first fill ex-bourbon casks. The use of the Gaelic language is declining in Scotland to the point that its use may one day be confined to teaching history or selling whisky. To the 1% of Scots who speak Gaelic, I can relate, as the language taught to me by my grandparents and great grandparents is also on the road to extinction (and that language is, ta da, Neapolitan… you couldn’t tell from my name?). I am glad to see that The Glenlivet (along with many other distilleries) is proudly using the Gaelic language on its products, so now, lets turn to tasting the Nadurra shall we?

Nose: Sharp fruit notes pierce the nose, with a tartness that resembles under-ripe Granny Smith apples. Some cereal notes develop with hints of vanilla and gooey caramel oozing out of a chocolate block. The fructose develops into orange, morphing with the chocolate and vanilla into what I identify as Terry’s Chocolate Orange as the vapour of rubbing alcohol adds some rawness with the barley.
Taste: Deliciously piercing, there are few whiskies that offer this level of complexity and power. Sometimes a whisky can simply blast the palate like a cannon ball, but this particular expression offers a surge of character that gradually unfurls into varying shades of yellow stone fruit and golden delicious apple (cooked and raw), strawberry filled chocolate with a gooey sugary center and cereal rich vanilla. It has big oak notes that tingle on the palate, drying it with the alcohol. 
Finish: Dry and warming with oak notes that radiate chocolate bullets. 
A complex nose is followed by a crisp whisky that strikes the palate with diverse fruit notes


$110 (US), £50 (UK)



One thought on “Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old

  1. I have really had some great Nadura's over the years but since 2010 it has fallen out of favour for me. I am finding it to be exceptionally dry these days. Also very curious to know how the batch numbers work as the last version I had was batch 1007D.

    Glad to hear you have enjoyed so much.

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