Whisky Review – The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso
60.7% ABV
Non-Chill Filtered
No added colouring
£54.00 from The Whisky Shop
  
The Glenlivet Nadurra has been a favourite of mine and so many other enjoyer of quality whisky it was very exciting to hear that Glenlivet was coming out with a cask strength Oloroso sherry matured version.  This time no age statement (the bourbon cask Nadura is 16 years old).  Being a fan of sherry monsters I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, so now I have the chance and here we go!
Nose.
Immediately chocolate toffee on first nose.  Thick intense toffee, thornton’s special level of toffee. Second whiff and more of the trademark Oloroso nuttiness is coming through, the high level of alcohol can also be experienced if your nose gets too close, so nasal beware. Third whiff and we’re back to the chocolate shop confectionary. Honey. Toffee. Honeycomb. Caramel. Roasted nuts and a touch of spirit in the background. With time in the glass we get a more balance between the toffee chocolate and some newly found fruit, raisins, plump with alcohol, fruitcake, orange rind, cloves and some overripe cherries. Fattening and awesome. 
Palate.
Thick arrival of dark fruits, nuts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is dense and chewy. After the alcohol nip subsides, we have a drier, nut enriched malt. Lots of nuts (and nut skin/shell), dusty oak and cocoa. The palate is quite hot undiluted, so I think will take water well. Some dark honey and treacle toffee. 
Finish.
A medium to long length finish. Bitter toffee and chocolate, with lots of dry nuttiness. 
Adding water.
Adding several dollops. The nose is now more integrated, with a balance of fruits, chocolate and nuts all together in harmony. Without the intense alcohol nip, the palate now has more identifiable layers of fruit, we have much more cherry and touches of menthol with the spicier cloves, touches of vanilla pod in the fruitcake, with the intense nuttiness ever present. Immensely chewy. The finish is spicy, nutty and has some drying fruits with touches of fresh menthol. 
Conclusion. 
A lovely sherry monster of a dram this one.  When comparing with a bottle of A’bunadh I have opened I would say the Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso is nuttier, and has slightly more chocolate presence. It is a lovely thick dram, which would see you very proud through chilly evenings in front of a roaring fire. No hesitation to buy one of these for the autumn months. 


Thanks to the W Club for providing a sample as part of their Tasting Club. 
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