Bought – Waitrose, 22nd May, 2014
I like the Glenlivet 12yo, I love the Glenlivet 15yo ‘French Oak Reserve’ and I thoroughly enjoy cask strength. It was only a matter of time before I grabbed myself a bottle of the Glenlivet Nadurra 16yo, which combines the quality I’ve come to expect from Glenlivet with the oomph of cask strength. Being first introduced in 2005, there has been at least one issue of the Nadurra (Gaelic for ‘natural’) every year since. Ralfy’s version in 2011 is 53.6%, the one in the Whisky Bible 2014 is 53%, and the bottle I bought from Waitrose last month is 56.1%. Although the Malt Maniacs haven’t reviewed my version, of the 13 releases they mention, the average is about 83-84/100. Very good indeed!
Nearly 87/100 on Whiskybase is a fantastic score where members leave comments of “very enjoyable cask strength single malt at a reasonable price.” And “it’s leagues above the 12 and 18 year olds. The nose is wonderfully intense, the mouth feel is thick and the finish makes my stomach tingle and my eyes water. Another impressive feat is that it seems to constantly improve since I opened the bottle.”