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Drink Review: Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

Punch and smoky Nadurra from Glenlivet. The smoke doesn’t come from the barley but from the casks – they were previously filled with peaty whisky and refilled with Glenlivet. This gives the whisky a gentle smokiness, quite difficult to a regular peated whisky. It’s also bottled, like the whole Nadurra range, at cask strength, giving it an intense character, run through with smoke.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review:

Nose: Fresh dairy milk, butterscotch, brown sugar and sweet tobacco.

Fresh dairy milk, butterscotch, brown sugar and sweet tobacco. Palate: Smokey peat, dry malt, toffee, brown sugar and touches of leather. Smokey peat, dry malt, toffee, brown sugar and touches of leather. Finish: Medium turning nutty, peat and lightly sweet.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review 1:

Nose: Light on the peat, with a hint of smoke in the background.

Light on the peat, with a hint of smoke in the background. Palate: Light on the peat, with fat malty nutty notes and a zesty fruitiness.

Light on the peat, with fat malty nutty notes and a zesty fruitiness. Finish: Pronounced, but not overbearing. It shows its power over and over again, with a zesty fruitiness and a nibble of smoke in the tail end.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review 2: 

Nose: Very nutty, even smoke touches. Refreshing and invigorating.

Very nutty, even smoke touches. Refreshing and invigorating. Palate: The smoke knocks into everything nutty notes, toffee, fruit and a bit of pepper.

The smoke knocks into everything – nutty notes, toffee, fruit and a bit of pepper. Finish: Long, nutty and gentle on the peat.

A great peated whisky, which is filled with subtle sweetness and light smoke.

Drinkability: 5/5, This is to be credited as one for the experienced peat drinker, or for those who enjoy a complex whisky and find their usual drams too one-note. In short, a whisky which is as complex as it is characterful.

First Impression: Great – aggressive smoke and a complex taste. One for those who enjoy the peaty dram.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review 3:

Nose: Sweet honey, hints of smoke and a dry oakiness.

Sweet honey, hints of smoke and a dry oakiness. Palate: Nutty, peat and definite smoke in the background.

Neat: No ice, a few drops of water and drop of water.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review 4:

Nose: Smokey, dry and a bit lighter than expected.

Disappointing. Not enough peat smoke. Light and dry. Palate: Light on the peat, but very pleasant and not too much smoke.

Light on the peat, but very pleasant and not too much smoke. Finish: This is the essence of the whisky. Possibly a touch over done, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s there.

This is the essence of the whisky. Possibly a touch over done, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s there. Overall: It’s a bit over done.

Nose: Nutty, smoky, with the remnants of honey and dark fruit.

Nutty, smoky, with the remnants of honey and dark fruit. Palate: Smoke on the peat, some light sweetness in the background.

Smoke on the peat, some light sweetness in the background. Finish: It wraps itself around you softly, with a subtle sweetness and a slight dryness.

Neat: No ice, no water, no drop of water.

Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Review 5:

Nose: The fragrance is a bit heady when you just sit down. It has a solid peppery peat smokiness.

The fragrance is a bit heady when you just sit down. It has a solid peppery peat smokiness. Palate: When you get a really big hit of smoke in your face, the palate hits you straight away. There’s a great, liquid character in the whisky, with more of a wateriness than a salty water character.

When you get a really big hit of smoke in your face, the palate hits you straight away. There’s a great, liquid character in the whisky, with more of a wateriness than a salty water character. Finish: The finish is just as expected – medium peaty finish. It spits out some smoke.

Nose: The nose is beautifully fruity. The nose has the smokiness layered in. The nose is very expressive and full of character.

The nose is beautifully fruity. The nose has the smokiness layered in. The nose is very expressive and full of character. Palate: Build up a big hit of the peat, and you’re hit with a very smokey, peaty blast. The palate is sharp and clean.

Build up a big hit of the peat, and you’re hit with a very smokey, peaty blast. The palate is sharp and clean. Finish: The finish is a little less smokey than the nose, but still very smoky with a slightly bitter melon note.

Nose: This is a well-balanced peated whisky. It’s not pushing the malty or sweet notes to the side.

This is a well-balanced peated whisky. It’s not pushing the malty or sweet notes to the side. Palate: Very peaty, with a totally smokey character. The malty sweetness other peated whiskies sometimes have is here, but in minimal quantities. Instead, the spice and dryness of the barley is dominant.

Very peaty, with a totally smokey character. The malty sweetness other peated whiskies sometimes have is here, but in minimal quantities. Instead, the spice and dryness of the barley is dominant. Finish: The finish is a blast of peat. It’s brash and sharp, but it’s not overbearing.

Written by Mark Adams

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