Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21
  1. #1
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    Mention was made of The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr in another thread but no one has expounded on what little was said. I came across this bottling recently and would like give it a try. But at $53 dollars a bottle I'd like to hear some opinions before making the investment. I did enjoy the 18yr. that was given to me for my birthday a few years back. How do the two bottlings compare?

  2. #2
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Near York, PA
    Posts
    897

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    The Nadurra is a cask strength (118.4 proof for the one I have) version of Glenlivet. Nadurra means natural in Gaelic and it is bottled unchillfiltered and uncolored. Cut down it is pretty close to the 18 yo IMO. Not a bad dram but not outstanding, although few are.
    Illuminati in training

  3. #3
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    196

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    I like the Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr better than the 18 yr. They are both very good IMO.

  4. #4
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    Went ahead and bought a bottle of The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr today. I'm working on my third pour since super. I can't say I'm enamored with it but It's quite good. Scotch doesn't have to taste like a smoldering peat bog to be eminently drinkable. Nice floral tones on the nose but it doesn't quite deliver on the palette. Maybe a bit of h2o would open it up.

    I'm going to try to attach a pic as much to learn how to do it as anything else so please bare with me.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    North Alabama
    Posts
    577

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    I've had a couple of bottles of The Glen Livet Nadurra 16 yo Cask Strength. The current bottle is marked bottled on 06/06 and batch # 0606A @ 57.2% ABV. I'd sum it up by saying it's a strong, one-dimensional dram. I'd have to find another reason to drink it besides looking for smoothness and complexity with balance. For me, this is Deer Camp whisky. You can start the fire with it, marinate, season and tenderize your camp meat, clean your rifle, sterilize the cuts on your hand, treat your skeeter bites, and get drunk with just one bottle shared amongst close friends. It's so useful, I think I'll keep a bottle in my tool box :-)
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

  6. #6
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    I wouldn't use it to clean my guns. Shooter's choice, and Rem-oil do quite well for that. But having spent some time with it, neat, and with water added I have to say your right. It is a bit one dimensional. Nice nose but it just doesn't quite deliver. Oh well, I've wasted a lot more money on sillier purchases.

  7. #7
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Central Taxachusetts
    Posts
    314

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    I really hate to resurrect a post this old but I'm going to anyway. I'm about half way through my second bottle of Glenlivet Nadurra and I think it's one of the best whiskeys available. It costs around 45 bucks a bottle in N.H. I don't find it one dimensional with a nice sharp feeling going down. I believe it could hold it's own against bottles costing many times as much.

    Chris

  8. #8
    Taster
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    98

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    Interesting reading this old thread. First, a single malt is rarely drinkable over 50%- you just have to cut it with water when it is this high to get any of the complexity of what SMS can be. HEre are my tasting notes for the Nadurra that I have sampled.

    85-Bottom of highly reccomendable range
    Sm
    Glenlivet 16yo Nadurra (58.5%, OB)
    Nose: Applies, cookies and cream ice cream. Mouth: Oh, that is so much nicer than the other "standard" bottling. Very honeyed, lots of malt, vanilla, other spices. Finish: Long, more honey, something dry, perhaps a nice wood. This is a totally great honey pot, perhaps the most blatantly honeyed whisky I have had. Yet, there is a complexity to it that makes it balanced and elegant, never over the top.

  9. #9
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,186

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    That's a good point about single malt being generally unpalatable over 50% ABV. There are a couple of exceptions IMO, one is a cask-strength Aberlour I once had - the intense sherry purity of the dram came out really well at high strength.

    But in general, the complexities of malt whisky are masked when the proof is too high. Aberlour in my experience is not notably complex, hence the exception to the rule and no doubt there are some others. Connemara too is very good at high strength, yet it again is not a notably complex whisky.

    In bourbon though, I find a good bourbon usually is better at a high proof (within reason, for me this is between 100 and say 107 or so proof).

    Somehow the high proof tends to accentuate the complexity of bourbon whereas this is not so with most malts.

    They really are (from so many standpoints) different drinks albeit related historically and culturally.

    Gary

  10. #10
    Taster
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    98

    Re: The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    That's a good point about single malt being generally unpalatable over 50% ABV. There are a couple of exceptions IMO, one is a cask-strength Aberlour I once had - the intense sherry purity of the dram came out really well at high strength.

    But in general, the complexities of malt whisky are masked when the proof is too high. Aberlour in my experience is not notably complex, hence the exception to the rule and no doubt there are some others. Connemara too is very good at high strength, yet it again is not a notably complex whisky.

    In bourbon though, I find a good bourbon usually is better at a high proof (within reason, for me this is between 100 and say 107 or so proof).

    Somehow the high proof tends to accentuate the complexity of bourbon whereas this is not so with most malts.

    They really are (from so many standpoints) different drinks albeit related historically and culturally.

    Gary
    Very good point about the Aberlour- I think that applies to many "sherry monsters" (which are not my favs, but the Abundah is good stuff, for sure)....

    As you pointed out, what I stated was a massive generalization, but seems to apply to those malts that strive for balance between various elements, which is how I would characterize many Glenlivets.

    I just got a good chuckle over the author who wrote he wound not clear his gums with it! Ill trade for mouthwash.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Glenlivet 12yo French Oak Finish
    By CrispyCritter in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-27-2006, 14:33
  2. The Glenlivet 15 YO "French Oak Reserve"
    By charred283 in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-24-2004, 07:40

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top