Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso batch OL0516
60,4% – Cask Strength
No Age Statement
Aged exclusively in first-fill Sherry casks
Color : amber dress.
Nose : a nice big Sherry bomb ! It smells of candied oranges, marmalade and strawberry jam.
Palate : no subtlety on this side either, but everything is there! A strong spicy attack in liquorice, with an alcoholic power that decapses. There is, however, a rather impressive structure for such a powerful whiskey. Once past the attack in alcohol, one feels the candied oranges, again, with the ripe grapes and a bit of bitterness of dark chocolate.
Finish : the finish is short and aggressive at first, with the taste of licorice remaining in the bottom of the tongue. A slight spice goes down the line for many minutes.
Comments : zero subtlety, but Ô how good. We know very well what to expect, the very characteristic flavors of a Scotch aged in Sherry casks at Cask Strength. No surprises here. However, it is very successful at what it tries to accomplish. Big hands of applause for this bottling.
Adding water, the nose and the finish do not change, but the mouth settles. The alcohol is much less pronounced and an impression of chewing gum starts at the level of the structure.