Now this is a Glenlivet I can sink my teeth into. And have. Here you are seeing a more fully realized vision of just what this distillery is capable of. Though I know all of the reasons why a distillery would choose to go the safe route of chill-filtered watered down whisky, it doesn’t mean I have to like it or agree with it.
The Nadurra is the muscle in the Glenlivet family. In fact it almost seems like an in-law, so out of character is it from the other Glenlivet expressions I’ve tried. Gaelic for ‘natural’, ‘Nadurra’ is a non-chill-filtered cask strength bruiser that somehow still manages to carry the delicacy of the Speyside charm in its monstrous hands. A true Jeckyll and Hyde story here.
All notes are amped up here and the whisky benefits enormously from this strength. Sweet toffee or caramel is made smooth and soft with dollops of vanilla. Rich chocolate and cinnamon notes get a dusting of cracked pepper and maybe a little ginger. All of the Spey fruits you’d imagine in a Glenlivet are here hanging out too.
The palate delivers that sweetness with a blast of heat. Those toffeed fruit notes coat the tongue and carry the chocolate and ginger along for the ride. Gorgeous. Not quite as rich and rewarding as the nose, but absolutely satisfying nonetheless. No worries about a fading finish. This one will hang about for a bit.
Well worth it. A great version of Glenlivet.
I should note here: No review on this site gets as much attention as this one. Why is it so many out there are looking for details on the Nadurra? Please, folks…enlighten me.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt