I remarked at one point how this malt seemed to be an underappreciated darling in the wider whisky world. Fast forward to the present and that seems to be far from the case. There is a very loyal – and ever-growing – following for this cask strength Glenlivet. Past Nadurra reviews are some of the most popular on this site and the comment sections beneath still maintain momentum long after the fact. Ergo, it seemed apropos to tackle another batch (before they all disappear in favour of the NAS offerings)
I recently came across this bottle for under $80 locally (fair price, if you know the lay of the land in terms of how far our dollar stretches lately). Unfortunately most of the Nadurra I see on the shelves nowadays is one of the dodgy NAS versions the brand has launched as a replacement for this fairly consistent (and generally high quality) 16 year old. I believe – and please correct me if I’m wrong – that the 16 year Nadurra is on its way out in favour of the smokescreen malts just mentioned. A shame, and nearly as big a botch on the ‘Livet name as the recent Cipher and Alpha. But let’s not trip down that rabbit hole here.
Happy to report that Batch 0814D holds to the high standards established under this banner. The malt is not only meticulously crafted, but lands right in an absolutely gorgeous sweet spot of soft fruits and creamy character. I’m not quite as enamoured with Nadurra as some of the regular readers here on ATW who horde the stuff, but this is one batch I will likely grab an extra bottle or two of before it goes the way of the dodo and mastodon.
Nose: Huge orange top note and soft mixed fruit. Vanilla and custard. Creamsicles. Hot cross buns. A smear of jam. Very fresh, fruity and appealing. Roman nougat. Very dessert-like. Caramelized pineapple with pepper.
Palate: Awww, hell yeah. There’s that orange again. More fruit. And more. There’s an oakiness behind it too. Like sucking the stick of a creamsicle after the ice cream is gone. Quite some vanilla. Ginger. Honey candy straws. Chewy and oily. A very thick drink.
Thoughts: Nudging on into tropical territory. I love this whisky. Shows well on any occasion.
– Images & Words: Curt