Glenlivet Nadurra


I don’t think that Glenlivet is the kind of whiskey you would expect to get when you ask for a scotch on the plane but if you do get it, it is not likely to be top-shelf connoisseur stuff.  Some consider Glenlivet 12 to be the Budweiser Of single-malts, as it is mild, watery and best of all relatively inexpensive. But that’s not to say that it’s a bad bottle.  As a matter of fact, I personally think it’s a great single malt scotch for the price and truly enjoy the green apple note that is the signature characteristic of this dram. 

But the Glenlivet Nadurra is a drink that is more my type. Not color or chill-filtered and bottled at the original cask strength, the Glenlivet Naddura offers what is missing in 12 year standard expressions, a more concentrated flavor profile. This could be attribute to being aged 16 years in  only ex-bourbon barrels.  I must admit that I’m a big single malt scotch fan and having tried many different drams, Glenlivet Naddura is an excellent scotch. So pick up a bottle.

Glenlivet Nadura

Nose: Lots of vanilla. I am tempted to use the term “Vanilla Apocalypse” but may be pushing it.  It has a certain fragrance with touches of butterscotch, white peach and butter toast. A pleasant and concentrated aroma. It is quite full and well-balanced. There are notes of toasty charred oak with a most gentle of smokes with notes of marmalade and orange with a touch of apple blossom and bramley apple.

Palate: A remarkable burn considering the comparatively low ABV. As the burn subsides fruity raspberry tones are pronounced, as well as hints of caramelized ginger and the vanilla we smelled earlier. The palate is quite full and rich. There are notes of sultanas and rich dried porridge oats steeped in honey. There is a honeycomb note with winter spice and notes of peppery oak, hints of fruitcake and a doughy character. There is hardly any traces of the house green apple flavors we would have expected, perhaps it was buried by the bourbon casks?

Finish: Coconut comes in first with some smooth maltiness on the long finish. It’s spicy with peppy oak.

Overall: The Naddura won’t disappoint if you are looking for a Speyside without such overbearing finishes of wine and sherry.  It is little pricey but not as expensive as Macallan 18. This also makes a great introduction to cask-strength whiskies, as it would be a smoother, easier start for a first-timer than a stiff Aberlour A’bunadh.