The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year

By Brother Darren.

I’ll start off by saying that Jim Murray describes this 16 year old cask strength as “pure entertainment”!

This Cask strength offering from one of the oldest Scotch distilleries in the world is an incredible value for the price. Remarkably smooth for a cask strength scotch, this particular batch, 0611N,was 54.2% and if I hadn’t told my guests, I don’t think they would have known.  Don’t let the smoothness catch you off guard though, too much of this elixir and you will have a hard time remembering when the party finished. So the true value in this small batch scotch is not only in its uncomplicated taste, but due to the fact that you can make a dram last much longer into the evening. That’s if you can control the urge to pound it back!

I prefer uncomplicated whiskies, and this is the best way to describe the Nadurra 16. It is very well balanced. It does not have bite or burn despite being cask strength, and the flavors still shine through despite the higher alcohol content. I am not a connoisseur by any means, but I did taste medium oak, vanilla and a fruity sweetness. Several other reviews have noted a pineapple flavor, and that is probably what I am referring to.

I think the biggest downfall of this whisky is it’s too drinkable! You will have to do a better job controlling your urges to raise your glass than I did, if you want to go to work the next day without any impediments. I will definitely purchase the Nadurra 16 again, and I recommend it to anyone who is not averse of a more potent scotch in their arsenal.

The Glenlivet Distillery is the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, near Ballindallock in Morray, Scotland. They produce single malt whisky and they self proclaim themselves as “the single malt that started it all”. Since 1824 the distillery has been producing some of the world’s best Scotch Whiskies. The Glenlivet is the best selling malt whisky in the United States, and the fourth best selling in the United Kingdom. The Glenlivet is the world’s second best selling single malt whisky. They have current global sales that total over 6 million bottles per annum.

The Glenlivet is categorised as a Speyside distillery. Speyside single malts are distilled in Stathspey, the area around the River Spey in northeastern Scotland. The two best-selling single malt whiskies in the world, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, come from Speyside. Speyside has the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whisky-producing areas of Scotland.

About Al McColl

Co-Founder of The Pacific Whisky Society, and currently the Depository Archivist of PWS: Victoria.
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