Don’t get confused here people, this is not a peated Glenlivet, but it’s a Glenlivet that has finished on a cask that previously held heavily peated whisky. We’ve see that more often lately, and it’s quite an enjoyable way of finishing a whisky.
I’m in love with the Glenlivet Nàdurra 16yo, but when it got discontinued, it got replaced with 3 non age statement Nàdurras. To me, it was a step in the wrong direction. But I began to appreciate this peated cask finished Nàdurra more and more. I just had to look at it differently.
There’s something about cask strength Glenlivets. In fact, the Nàdurras are the only Glenlivets that find their way to my cabinet from time to time. Let’s dive into the tasting notes. This Nàdurra (PW1016) has matured on bourbon casks before being finished on ex-peated casks, and bottled at cask strength (62% in this case):
A soft and sweet nose, very buttery and floral, with vanilla, pear, white grape and citrus. No signs of smoke.
Soft and creamy, nice tannines from the oak. Fruity notes of pear and citrus. It tastes and feels milky and buttery.
Here comes the subtle smoked barley. The finish is creamy and sweet, lots of pear, citrusy candy, pistachio and toasted oak. It’s a bit grainy and bitter on the tail.
I like the soft and buttery sweetness in combination with lots of fresh and fruity notes. It makes me think of a Miltonduff, with its milky notes. The 100% Islay Kilchoman also comes in mind, but without the peat.
The peat from the cask is very subtle, but noticeable and integrated nicely. It’s mainly the taste of peated barley, rather than smoke. It’s a welcome twist.
What’s your favourite Nàdurra?