The Toronto Whisky Society sometimes conducts group reviews, where we split a bottle and all review it, then consolidate into a single post, a recent example being J.P Wiser’s Union 52. However, as a group, we have 2500 reviews online, mostly posted on the Reddit Whisky Network, which we’re slowly moving over to our website. We decided where more than 4 of us have reviewed a whisky, we’ll make one consolidated post complete with a word cloud and aggregated scores.
Glenlivet 16 Nàdurra is the first of this series and seven TWS members have reviewed it in the past. It is the cask strength offering from the Glenlivet, and sadly, the age stated version has been discontinued in most markets, replaced with a cask finished series. The reviews below reflect various batches of the age stated edition, but all were ex-bourbon matured.
Glenlivet 16 Nadurra Group Review Summary
- Top 5 Tasting Notes: Apple, oak, spice, fruits, honey (see word cloud for full breakdown of flavour notes we recorded)
- Max Score: 87
- Min Score: 77
- Average Score: 83.6
- N: Some varnish at the start that dissipates with time, green apples, peaches, pears, fresh cut wood, lemon peel, pine needles.
- P: Apples and pears, very malty, vanilla cake, butterscotch, oaky, lemon oil. Slightly dry with a good mouthfeel.
- F: Medium-long. Apples and pears. Starts sweet before becoming dry and a little bitter.
- Overall: This was an enjoyable dram and is the best Glenlivet I’ve had. The flavours are pronounced and work well together and it has a great mouthfeel. It needs more complexity to go from being very good to great but what it does it does very well. As an added plus this was a great value when I was able to find one. It would be nice if they brought this back someday but I won’t be holding my breath.
- Score: 84
- Appearance: pale yellow-straw.
- Nose: lots of alcohol on the nose. Lots of honey and some light fruit. Apples for sure. Definitely reminiscent of the 12 year nose. Some oakiness.
- Taste: very hot. Kind of sour actually. Strange. More honey, spices, little bit of fruit but less than the nose would suggest.
- Finish: the finish is a bit longer and smoothes out a bit. It’s more enticing than the palate.
- Rating: 77
- Overall: the nose and finish is pretty good but we didn’t really care for the palate. Just too sour and ethanol forward. I wouldn’t buy a bottle of this particular batch but others might be better. First time I’ve had a cask-strength scotch that I didn’t really like.
- Nose: Apple cider, floral Apple. Nutmeg and some vanilla extract. Wood spice.
- Taste: Apple juice, oak, nutmeg, vanilla extract. Surprisingly gentle on the taste. Oak.
- Finish: Fairly long, baked apple, spices, oak. Barrel char.
- Conclusion: I’d give the edge to the Glenlivet Nadurra triumph I had. The extra 2 years gives it some more complexity. This was good and the cask strength nature let’s the notes that are there to really pop. Lacking in complexity for 16 years in my opinion. You get pretty much the notes you’d expect from a bourbon matured Glenlivet. Cool to try this since the age statement was removed recently.
- Score: 82/100
- Colour: Light honey.
- Nose: Bourbon, cinnamon, rose water, clove, cola, mint, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, cashews.
- Palate: Orange, bourbon, hot peppers, sugar, port, bubblegum, grape soda.
- Finish: Vanilla, orange, white sugar, marzipan, bourbon.
- This is really nice. It unlocks the potential of the 12 and elevates it immensely. Perhaps a good intro to scotch for a bourbon drinker.
- Appearance: Amber
- Nose: Alcohol and mild honey apple up front, with some water, becomes more gentle, peaches, pear, apple, white grapes, floral citrus, a hint of mint. A really nice bouquet.
- Taste: Rich and honeyed, quite malty, some youthful wood spice, cinnamon, stewed apples and pears, a hint of lime.
- Finish: Finishes with more spice, cinnamon and white pepper, and lingering white fruits. Medium length.
- Notes: Batch 0813Y; I have actually had Nadurra before, but I never formally reviewed it. It is just as I remember, very pleasing, but lacking great complexity or substance. The nose is great, the palate a bit less so, as it just doesn’t have a ton of depth. I would say that people who love light style whiskies like Glenlivet and Glenfiddich would definitely consider this a big upgrade. For myself, who loves heavily sherried and more robust whiskies, this just doesn’t hit the mark for me.
- Score: 86/100
- Colour: Pale straw
- Nose: Full blown vanilla, edges of alcohol, small hints of mints??, pears, with water: wow! Opens up more fresh fruits, tons of apples, floral.
- Palate: Nice wave of fresh fruity sweetness, hints of oak, more hints of mints (is it even mint??), custard sweetness, some bananas, nice layers of sweetness.
- Finish: Long warming feel in the mouth, hints of oak and nuts, with the sweetness and slight spiciness undertone lingering on. Real delicious treat!
- Score: 85.5/100
- This is what I have been looking for as a replacement for my first single malt the Glenlivet 12, retains that profile but a lot more punch and complexity.
- Colour: Green Yellow
- Nose: Green apple, honey, cardamon, cumin, banana, oak, vanilla. This starts out similar to the 15 yet has more spice and more “Oomph”. The spices push aside the typical fruity/flower smells and really show you what this Scotch can do.
- Taste: Apple juice, pepper, smoke, taffy, chili, charcoal, lemon candy, coffee, licorice. Wow. Smoke and licorice are what Glenlivet has needed this whole time. There’s an abundance of different flavours, all nicely aligned. And it’s not watery like other Glenlivets.
- Finish: Lots of smoke, cumin, cherry, lemon, tobacco, chewy sticks, cider. There’s a chewy, fruity flavour here. I’m going to have to revisit this, as I’m almost missing things, and the power has been shut off, so I’m trying to review while being a good host, and be all smiles.
- Conclusion: If the other Scotches were kid’s shows watched by Adults, this has viewer discretion advised. This is the Breaking Bad of Scotch: the one who knocks. My score may change when I have a chance to fully appreciate this one, yet for now, this is the one who knocks.