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The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:14 am

One of these evenings, I'll have to play catch-up as the samples, courtesy of Matt arrived this morning at my front door, around 9 am. I wanted to get into them immediately, but I had to go to work instead - and I don't abuse sick credits.
Maybe if it's quiet Friday night...

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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Matt2 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:57 am

Look forward to your notes and hope you enjoy the samples :D, shame they didn't arrive in time.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby les taylor » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:07 am

Well done LSD it would be good to hear the story about your brothers some time.

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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:46 pm

Okay, here it goes, (thanks Matt!!)

Glenlivet 12y: the nose initially makes me think of nice fresh juicy white wine, fairly full-bodied. Then the malt sneaks in from the back. The slight alchohol hints on the nose again remind me of a juicy white wine, nice.
Very nice round smooth in the mouth, fresh and refreshing, and not nearly as sweet as I remember. This is one of those whiskies to have stocked in the house to easily enjoy frequently.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:59 pm

Next up, the 15y, and first whiff, nice! That same white wine juicy characteristic but the malt sneaks in quicker and closer in this one. And a bit of sweet malt on the nose too. And in the mouth, a bit fuller and again malty and juicy. Now a piece of dark chocolate before tasting the next ones, the 18y and the Nadurra...
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:15 pm

Oh, forgot to apologize for being a week and a half late, and striking up this topic again. Time for the 18y!
A bit less of the brilliant yellow color from the previous 12 and 15 years. The 18y goes towards a brilliant copper. Malty and well toasted wheat bread on the nose. Similar to the previous two. My congestion and sickness I've been fighting the past week isn't allowing me to get the small nuances out of these unfortunately, but I am truly enjoying them all, good drinking whiskies! Wow, this 18y is good! A slight slight spicy tingle on the finish, not peppery at all like Talisker is, but still a little spicy. Nadurra up next!!
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:18 pm

And yes, "velvety" in the mouth, a perfect descriptor, thanks lawschooldrunk for that, just referred to your notes regarding the first two especially!
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:28 pm

Maybe I'm rushing a bit through these, I really I could've joined in live when the tasting happened, to better enjoy these whiskies with the others that enjoyed the tasting. Cause now that I go back to the 18y, sitting in the glass a bit longer, a bit more sweetness is coming out, and sweetened well toasted wheat bread, maybe spread with something. And still that nice velvety-ness in the mouth, and the spice sneaking in again in the finish. Moving on to the Nadurra.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:33 pm

My goodness the last sip of that 18y!! Beautiful sweet velvety-ness, paired perfectly with the spiciness! Good stuff!
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:47 pm

Oh yes, whew!! That's a big one!! This Nadurra is big stuff, and nutty on the finish!
Let's go back to the nose. Wow, nice stuff! Finally, I can taste what so many are raving about.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:51 pm

Can't figure out what I'm getting on the nose, but it's pleasant. And the mouth, whew, gonna have to add some water to this one. But the initial sweetness is nice. And what the heck, while I'm at it, I might as well pour myself a newly received Innis and Gunn to go along with this one.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:59 pm

The Innis and Gunn is good beer, really good! The last time I tasted it a month ago it was a bit sweet, but maybe due to the salty dinner beforehand or something. Now it's just good!! And with a bit of water added to the Nadurra now, it's a bit easier drinking, but might need a bit more water.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:26 am

Okay, that's it for me, and thanks again to Matt for these nice samples!
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:41 am

Woody and spicy on the finish that Nadurra. Tonight, in this tasting, it needed water. What's the alcohol on this thing??
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby woodhill » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:45 am

Hi I presume thats the standard 48% you've got there

Isn't it great?

I just got a botttle of the Cask Strength as well - -WOW
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:01 am

I thought the Nadurra was a cask strength, 57 + percent or so...
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Matt2 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:24 am

The Nadurra I sent was at cask strength, 57 ish %. Glad you are enjoying them, I've got the 18 on my xmas list now - great stuff.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Ian Logan » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:02 pm

Folks,

Remeber Nadurra is a batch product so in the same as A'bunadh will change slightly in strength from batch to batch. Its great news to hear(read) how many of you are enjoying Nadurra, the response not just here but in all the markets you get it in have been very positive.

Di Blasi,

Delighted that you enjoyed the samples, any questions please let me know.


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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:06 pm

Thanks again Matt, and Ian Logan!! Yes, really enjoyed them all, and glad Matt's samples were so generous, I have enough of each for another enjoyable evening.
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Leither » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:08 pm

Ian - re the Nadurra, I read on Serge's whiskyfun site today his review of this. (incidentally, I'd give the 18 quite a few points higher myself :thumbsup: )

I concur with his thoughts in it being akin to a good Lowlander such as Rosebank or Bladnoch - the phrase 'lemon sherbet' sums it up for me.

Anyway, the question I have is - is this 'lowlander' profile something the Nadurra is aiming for?
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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby woodhill » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:16 pm

Ian

Thanks for your insights on this thread.

Is the only difference between the Nadurra Duty Free 48% and the Nadurra Cask Strength, the addition of water?

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Re: The Glenlivet Tasting - 23rd Nov 2007 - Part 2

Postby Ian Logan » Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:06 pm

Leither,

Its an interesting comment with regard to a goo lowlander but is something have never considered. The fact that we are using 100% first fill American lets the classic Glenlivet fruitness come through better than it would have with European.
The "lemon sherbet" is spot on as far as I am concerned especially on the finish for me, a lovely gentle fizziness on the back of the tongue. Lemon Sherbet gives the fruitiness of Glenlivet and the vanillin induced sweetmess of american wood.

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You are correct, the wood policy etc is exactly the same for both, just cut to 48% for Travel Retail.

Thank you again for your interest.

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