It’s been close to four years since I last tried Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso. I tried it when it first came out to the market and I didn’t like it much back then. But since 2014 there were more batches and not only those bottled at 48% for Travel Retail market but also some that are bottled at cask strength.
Since Nadurra Oloroso Cask Strength OL0816 (bottled 08/2016) was available at the recent Whisky Live 2018 in Tel-Aviv, it was time I’ll grab a dram at the Glenlivet stand and check it out.
Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816 (61.3%, £42.90/€51.95)
Nose: Young malt at first, then sweet dried fruit, soaked raisins, vanilla and honey are strongly felt lurking behind. After a few more minutes canned cherries and milk chocolate. With a few drops of water gentle wood spice, much more chocolate and less vanilla.
Palate: Dried fruit, sweet, vanilla and then drying spices, cinnamon, pepper and oak spices. Dark chocolate, sour sweet plums and cherries. With a few drops of water dried dark fruit, more dark chocolate, cinnamon and bittersweet oak spices.
Finish: Medium long length, lingering sweet dried fruit, pepper heat and perhaps apples after some time (or is it just suggestive?).
Thoughts: Flavorful and cask driven (duh!) whisky. Very bold and a bit aggressive but it does swims well getting more relaxed with the sherry impact getting chocolative, mellowing it all into a nice sherried bomb. A far better experience than the first wave from batch 0314.