Distiller: Glenlivet. Region: Speyside. ABV: 60.1%. Age: no age statement. Price: $60.
Having re-tasted my way through the standard Glenlivets recently, I was hungry (thirsty) to see this ubiquitous brand unleashed at cask strength. And my curiosity is always piqued by an unusual twist or finish–a peated cask finish on a classic Speyside, say.
Enter the Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask. Glenlivet’s Nàdurra line is all non-chill-filtered (hurrah!) and bottled cask strength–61.5% ABV in this case. There’s a first-fill Oloroso bottling, a virgin oak bottling, and this no-age-statement Peated Cask bottling that started in ex-bourbon casks, then was finished in casks that previously held a heavily peated Speyside.
Nose: creme brulee and fresh grain. Faint peat–toasty, not briny or prickly. Salted toffee. Even without water, all flavor, no heat. With a few drops of water, bananas foster! Palate: wow. Very peppery, with a mild, toasty peat that complements it wonderfully. Bourbon fruit. Roasted nuts. Finish: on the drier, more peppery side, as Glenlivet often is. Lingering lemon danish with a dusting of cocoa.
I think this one’s a home run. Well done, Glenlivet! -BO
Glenlivet kindly provided a sample bottle for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.