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The Glenlivet Nàdurra aged 16 years

February 18, 2012 Drink No Comments

First, a sad story. The first bottle of The Glenlivet Nàdurra I purchased, I never got a chance to really try. Being a bit careless and clumsy during its transport, I actually dropped the box containing the scotch whisky on the front porch of my home. At first, I didn’t hear any glass shatter and breathed a small sigh of relief. However, almost immediately after I picked up the box from the ground, liquid started seeping through! My eyes widened with horror, and I may have whimpered a little. In any case, after the initial shock passed, I got to thinking how I could salvage the situation. At first, I thought about licking the liquid-soaked box, or being a bit more civil and finding a container nearby to collect the escaping whisky. But, having thought about the risk of getting cut by tiny glass shards, I reluctantly let the situation be and watched the rest of the drink drain out. Yea, sucked. The upside is that for the rest of that afternoon, the front porch had a wonderful smell of vanilla, pecan-pralines, and freshly cut pear and green apples. =)

So, what I have pictured here is my second purchased bottle of The Glenlivet Nàdurra, and the cork top of the first bottle that I kept as a memento.

As can be read from the label, this scotch whisky was aged for 16 years in old bourbon barrels (where it gets its vanilla notes), bottled in November 2011 at natural cask strength (54.2% abv for batch 1111Q), has no artificial coloring, and is non-chill filtered. That is, it has qualities that I can appreciate. Taste wise, it is pretty refreshing with its floral and fruitiness. And with its high alcohol content, rather than add water, I like to continually enjoy this scotch neat but over an extended amount of time, savoring a sip every 5 minutes or so. Not only does this prolong the experience, allowing the whisky to breathe lets a whole plethora of flavor notes emerge – spicy, citrus, bitter, new band aids, vanilla, oak, fruity, aniseed.

I really like this. Cheers!

Link: The Glenlivet

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