The Glenlivet Nádurra – Peated Whisky Cask Finish

ABV: 62.0 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet fruits and mild peat. At first there’s a mild bonfire smoke on the edges of the glass and a cardboardy note in the center. The high ABV creates an intense, yet rounded, cooling effect, but even though it sits up front it doesn’t hide everything else. There are red baked apples, vanilla and a hint of butterscotch. There’s also a lemon sourness coming through from the back. This is a pleasant nose that comes with a youthness and a big punch.

Mouth: It starts out honey sweet and the peat is still creating a surrounding circle out on the edges. The peat is much more present in taste than on the nose and it’s more of a hay and dry soil peatiness at this point. The power of the high ABV is there but it’s not as powerful as the number suggests. There’s a maltiness combined with vanilla and a complex, deep note that’s leaning towards overripe apples.

Finish: A lemon note, a spicy cloud and a maltiness really pushes through from the start and it takes a while for it to settle. When it finally lets other flavours through it reinstates the outer circle of peat and the vanilla and butterscotch in the center. The oak does come through, but it takes a long time for it to show up. It’s a pretty anonomous oakiness and it’s not especially interesting. The peat lingers after everything else have died down. This is a young powerhouse with a lack of clear direction. It’s still a tasty dram in its own right though.

Additional information
This cask strength release is aged in casks which previously held peated whisky for an undisclosed amount of time. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. The bottle tried was from batch PW1016.

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