Drawn straight from the cask, we’ve just discovered (and fallen hard) for a naturally distilled, small batch Scottish whisky range
How do you come up with new flavours and ideas when you’ve been creating whisky since 1822?
Like the best musicians who reference their back catalogue while moving things forward, for The Glenlivet’s Nàdurra range, the premium whisky house took things back to the 1800s, using traditional production methods to create whiskies that are crafted in small batches, undergoing no chill-filtration for heightened body, and are drawn straight from the cask and bottled at cask strength.
‘Nàdurra’ is the gaelic word for natural, and these mostly-forgotten distillation methods for The Glenlivet’s Nàdurra Oloroso and First Fill whiskies don’t just carry on the traditions of The Glenlivet distillery, they also result in two bloody delicious drams…
The Glenlivet Oloroso Matured
This small batch single malt whisky is matured in first-fill Spanish Oloroso sherry oak casks, the most sought-after casks in the whisky industry due to the rich flavours of dried fruits and warm spices the sherry-soaked wood gives the whisky.
Aromas: Dried fruits of raisin and apricot, plus cinnamon and liquorice
Flavours: Spicy orange marmalade, hints of rich dark chocolate and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel
Finish: Long and sweet with a slightly dry, spicy finish
The Glenlivet First Fill Selection
This wonderfully rich small batch single malt whisky is matured in American white oak casks which haven’t been used to mature Scotch whisky before (hence “first-fill”). This type of cask has been used at The Glenlivet since the early 1900s to give the distillery’s whiskies hints of creamy vanilla.
Aromas: Sweet pears, soft vanilla fudge
Flavours: Juicy pineapple, ripe banana, citrus zest
Finish: Medium and wonderfully creamy with a refreshing finish
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