The Glenlivet 16 Year “Nàdurra”

Nadurra 1The name of this whisky is Gaelic for “natural.” It claims to “stay true to the style of whisky that was enjoyed in the 19th century. [1]” Whether that’s true or not, it’s pretty damn satisfying in the 21st century. There is another variant sold at regular cask strength (48% ABV).

Distillery: The Glenlivet
Region: Speyside
Age: 16 year
Strength: 54.2%
Price: $51.39
Maturation: New American oak
Location: Ballindalloch
Nose: Hot, floral, spice, gentle oak, creamy cherry almond
Palate: Vanilla, spice, black pepper, buttery, nutmeg, dark honey, orange pith
Finish: Vanilla, ginger, kettlecorn, roasted nut, licorice, peat

Comments: Adding a dollop of water is highly recommended to bring it into a more comfortable range (though take a sip or two first at full power).

Adam – This is great for Scotch alchemy, for you’ll have fun experimenting to find the right balance. A showcase for what the right amount of water can do to whisky. Take the time to find what works for you.

Kate – A harder version of a typical Irish whiskey. Misses a lot of the typical flavors of other Scotches.

Meghan – Very nice traditional Scotch but it takes a lot of work to get the right balance. If you had a bottle to yourself and drank the Nadurra regularly so watering to the right balance was habit, it would be fine. But there are other Glenlivets (and other Scotches) out there that don’t need so much work. I don’t regret getting to know this whiskey but like some people, it’s just too high maintenance to have a serious and lasting relationship with.