Whisky- The Glenlivet Nadurra
Type- 16 year old, cask strength at 53.0% ABV, batch No. 0911P, bottle code LD31360, Non-Chill Filtered
Appearance- a dark Chardonnay bordering on Sunlight with slow medium think tears. No visible Impurities.
Aroma- A fun ride of aromas and from the start you know this is going to excite the senses. Sweet, succulent melon with pleasant and happy vanilla start the show. As time goes on the melon gives way to smaller fruits with flurries of apples and grapes. As I continue to explore, spices begin to emerge and I have also found coconut. Out of no where hints of semi-sweet chocolate sprinkled with ginger find their way to my nose tailed by now dried fruits in the form of prunes and raisins.
Taste-The ride continues with my first drink. I am overjoyed that the complex and eventful nose stays through in the mouth. Buttery sweetness with pleasant malt is forthcoming laced with vanilla touched by honey and tails with a drier wood accompanied with a floral hue. The spices return but remain undefined. Dried fruit comes through again in a very pleasant way with a touch of candied citrus and prunes. Towards the end I am surprised with two elements I was not expecting. If you have ever tried eating rose petals there is a floral bitterness in their taste which I found in this whisky. The chocolate I nosed earlier has returned but with a very definable “cake batter” taste. The mouth feel is very silky with a touch of creamy and it just feels classy.
With Water- The water settles this dram, but I have found it to be in a negative way. The whisky is already very smooth which is a little surprising considering the 53% ABV and may be the reason I find adding the water flattens it just a touch. Everything I tasted without the water is still present with little being accentuated more than another except for one. A very curious change happened with the chocolate cake batter. The cake batter transformed into a very tasty chocolate fudge flavor. Even with the one change however, I still recommend drinking this one neat with only a couple drops of water for the aroma.
Finish- The finish starts with welcoming honey accompanied by strong notes of oak. The finish becomes more dry but not bitter, which helps to bring out notes of toasted nuts. As I let the finish settle the toasted nuts and honey combined with the malt and I am very much reminded of honey-nut cereal. Vanilla makes a fleeting visit as does the dried fruits but they do not last long and can easily be missed if not looking for them.
Verdict- Must Have
Balanced and superb. When drinking this I thought of nothing but class and high standard. Full bodied with both sweet and dry playing together in a very delicious feet of cunning and showmanship. I full endorse drinking this dram without adding water. The different flavors and aromas played very well together making for a stellar performance. I have tried a couple batches of the Nadura following this one and have found subtle differences but they seem to be keeping a good consistency with small variances in the balance of flavors and most of the characteristics are present across the board. To date this has become my favorite single malt knocking out a number of heavy hitters.