Was in my local store buying the Aberlour 12 ... a nice "safe" choice
that can actually be afforded by people with kids and a mortgage, and I
saw something new, a Glenlivet "Nadurra" which is a 16 yo cask strength.
This was $56 (as opposed to my $39 Aberlour)....anyone try this? I like
some CS (Glenfarclas "105") and don't care for others (Macallen). I
don't so much mind the price, but I'd rather know something about it.
When I visited The Glenlivet last year I bought a couple of bottles -
and I wish I'd bought a couple more. I like to think of it as the 'thug'
of the Glenlivets :-)
Slightly sweet, opens up very nicely with a wee drop of water. Not to
everyone's taste though.
Does anyone know where to get it in the UK? Can I, in fact, order
straight from Glenlivet themselves? If so their shop is rather hard to
track down :-)
I have a bottle, as yet unopened. The tasting notes on the Nadurra are very
interesting. For example, compare the notes of Michael Jackson and Dave
Broom from Whiskey Magazine:
Nose - sugary mint sauce, garden mint, bay leaves
Palate - smooth, dryish, light but firm maltiness, slight earthiness,
Finish - honeyish, flowery dryness, hop pillows
Comment - delicate to the point of reticence
Then compare the comments of Dave Broom - almost seems like a totally
Nose - floral (bluebell), some malty notes, lemon/tangerine marmalade,
lychee, oakier than the 12yo
Palate - slightly fizzy (orange spacedust) cinnamon balls, odd fellows.
Some sweet nuttiness towards the finish, good flow and softly textured.
Finish - oak, then candy floss
Comment - firm, but with enough sweet notes to balance
Jackson rates it 7-1/4 and Broom 7-3/4 out of 10.
Which brings me to one of my biggest frustrations in reading these guys. I
don't live in the UK (no complaints, just a fact). When a description of
given of an internationally available product, must they use terminology
that is essentially meaningless to us outsiders? I mean, what the hell is
"candy floss", "cinnamon balls" (why not just cinnamon), "orange spacedust",
"odd fellows" (a flavor or just a comment on previous flavors being strange
companions), "hop pillows"? Anyway, this tells me a bit of nothing. Guess
I'll open the bottle.
Try thewhiskyexchange.com or royalmilewhiskies.com. I've used them
both several times and have always received good service. They're both
UK based and carry an excellent range, though WhiskeyExchange has a
clear edge for discontinued bottlings.
RM are the ones I usually use, but they don't stock Nadurra (at least not
according to the site).
I've just found a place that does though:
They seem a tad more expensive than RM, but stock some stuff that RM don't.
One to compare and contrast methinks.
Thanks for the Whisky Exchange tip - another one to add to the list :-)
I'm with you!
To make things even more interesting, add these notes from Jim Murray
Nose - Caramelized ginger wrapped in bitter chocolate.
Palate - Enveloping, spellbinding, shocking... an
imediate outbreak of Demerara sugar before the taste buds are crept up by
stealthy maly and
coshed by a voluptuous outbreak of Fox's ginger chocolate biscuits; the
middle arrival of faintly
chilli-ish spice combines beautifully with the warming ginger.
Finish - lenghtier and with more ginger than a very lenghty ginger
Comment - In some respects one of the sweetest single malts of all time.
Murray rates it 94/100.
So... we have EITHER minty, malty/floral or ginger.
EITHER malty mushrooms, orangy nutty cinnamon or sugary ginger.
EITHER dry honey/hops, oak/candyfloss or ginger.
and EITHER delicate, firm or very sweet.
Whatever the descriptive words used, I find it frustrating that the
'experts' can't even agree on dry/sweet or delicate/firm
or even the basic flavours of mushroom, orange or ginger.
Maybe they have just sampled too many whiskies (we should be so lucky) and
have fried their taste buds.
At least Murray claims that before his tasting sessions, he takes a lot of
time to taste a broad range of herbs and spices
and other 'characteristic' flavour components to re-acquaint his nose and
palate with natural smells and tastes.
I agree completely, Gunnar.
Unfortunately, the cost of good whisky being what it is, we often look to
'established sources' for a guide
to how an unknown malt will compare to our own tastes.
About all I've been able to do is look at the notes from the various
'experts' on whislies I'm already familiar with
and try to use that as a clue to those I've not yet tried.
Where the established guides are concerned, I find that Michael Jackson
has a completely different palate to mine. Jim Murray, however, has a
similar one to mine, so if he likes a certain whisky there's a good
chance I will, but even then it's no certainty. Ultimately you have to
try it for yourself and come to your own decisions.
"Michael Barrett" skrev i melding
I know, actually I do too! Like both you and Jim, I try to find some
guidence when searching for what to try next. Personally I have simply found
that I tend to agree with one of the Malt Maniacs when it comes to scores,
i.e. how much do I like a certain whisky. I usually like what he likes. So I
don't have to bother reading mystical tasting notes ;)
I couldn't stand the Nadurra. I bought a bottle and tasted it with a
couple of buddies that like scotch and we all thought that the Nadurra
tasted like bourbon. I gave away the bottle to one of my employees.
For reference, we all like Islays, but we do drink other types of