Scotch - Single Malt

The Glenlivet 16yr Nàdurra Non-Chill Filtered Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2007
  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

The Glenlivet 16yr Naudurra single malt scotch is non-chill filtered and bottled at a cask strength (much higher than the more typical 80 or 86 proof). "Nadurra" is Gaelic for "natural" taking its name from the natural cask strength at which it is bottled. It is recommended for drinking on a "late summer day" or served with smoked salmon and "crunchy raw vegetables dipped in cream cheese." It is a batch whisky and one should expect some slight variation from bottle to bottle, particularly in the alcohol strength (we note here 109 proof, which is the bottle we ourselves tasted). In our own guided tasting, we were told to expect the "Lady Gaga of scotch" that would by dynamic and lively. They recommend for an aperitif and expect an effervescent flavor with a long, tropical finish with notes of ginger. A representative from Glenlivet dimly acknowledged that if ice is to be used in any scotch (a dubious practice in his opinion), this is the scotch to do it in.

The 2011 Wine Enthusiast review declared the Nadurra "light and versatile" but recommended mixing with water or in a cocktail for dilution.

About the Producer:

The Glenlivet Distillery (note the use of the indefinite article "the" allowed by court decree in 1884) is the top-selling single malt scotch in the world. It is often considered the classic Speyside, producing unpeated (that is, non-smoky) scotch whisky. The name translates as "valley of the smooth flowing one." They are proud of their mineral rich water from "Josie's well" and their tall copper stills, producing lighter vapors for smoother, more buoyant whisky. The brand is owned by French-based Pernod-Ricard.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 9 ratings and 9 reviews.
mct mct (14) (2015-07-30)
With just around the same friendly price as the Macallan 12 sherry, this should be a house bar staple. The Glenlivet Nadurra 16yrs is the most balanced whisky among its 10-18y/o Glen- peers. Very easy to drink neat, and not overly influenced by the ex-bourbon casks.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-06-21)
I wasn't exactly expecting a crap pour with this scotch, but this stuff surprised me with how good it is. I like everything about it; it's cask strength, naturally colored, non chill filtered, and delicious. The nose is unique in that even at cask strength you can put your nose in the glencairn and take a deep whiff without alcohol burning your nose hairs off. There isn't many cask strength whisk(e)ys that you can do that with. The flavor is like that too. My batch is 110.4 proof, but if I were given a dram of it blindly I'd probably guess it to be around 92 proof. This whisky is by far the best that I've had from Glenlivet. It's not the cheapest scotch in their range, but for what you get it ends up being a pretty good value (got mine for $49.99).
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-08-06)
This bottle is totally outrageous! In a good way of course. It's cask strength glenlivet but it's balanced & smooth mid section give way to an astonishing after taste & finish. As deep & smokey flavorful some of the ard/laph bottles are this is just as rich but in an oaky/cask sort of way. I just can't say enough about the way this guy finishes... a favorite that will always have a place at my bar.
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kadrover kadrover (3) (2013-05-10)
Wow! I love this bottle. Its my new #1 followed by my beloved 18yr bottle and the Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel. I love the non-chill, if gives it a creamer taste. I can drink this all night except that it will drop me on my head :-) in a great way!
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Quetzal Quetzal (91) (2013-04-30)
(5 out of 5). Wow. All I can say is, wow. I try not to be too pretentious in my reviews, but it will be hard with this one. The nosy is spicy with some vanilla and floral notes. I love the look of it pouring, as it is non chill-filtered (which should be more common). The taste is simply incredible. I let it roll around in my mouth, enjoying all of the shifting complexities of pepper, oak, vanilla and honey. A long finish with nuts and maybe ginger? I add a bit of water to really open it up and slowly sip it and enjoy. My go to speyside scotch, simply awesome, especially considering I generally don't enjoy The Glenlivet's offerings. Most recent tasting from batch 0611N, 54.2% $65 in my area.
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Alchemist Alchemist (50) (2012-04-20)
On the nose the Nadurra is warming giving sweet spicy malt with an underlying hint of vanilla. The body arrives spicy sweet and very creamy with a rich malty taste. It develops hot pepper and more creamy spices with a balancing mild vanilla sweetness as the heat fades back. The long finish is sweet, malty and sublime with more heat and some firm bitter spices coming in at the close. The aftertaste is equally as impressive as the bitter spices fade leaving a pleasant malty sweetness and inviting another pour. This is a no nonsense classic scotch with a smooth, silky, delicious taste and a long intoxicating finish! This also comfortably takes on a fair volume of water without losing its distinctive character.
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HardyTaylor HardyTaylor (7) (2011-12-14)
The only Glenlivet I drink. Just beautiful.
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okcodemonkey okcodemonkey (1) (2011-03-24)
I am new to Scotch, I find this scotch to be very enjoyable and prefer it over Lagavulin an Johnny Walker Blue Label. It is not as smooth as either of the above, but has a very good flavor with minimum after taste. For the money this could easily become my staple.
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jfatt340 jfatt340 (15) (2010-08-24)
I normally drink bourbon, some at higher proofs. There may be somthing wrong with me, I did not enjoy this at all. Although when I offered this to my guests, they have enjoyed it.
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