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Issue 120 - The Glenlivet & the bootmaker

Whisky Magazine Issue 120
June 2014


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The Glenlivet & the bootmaker

The launch of Nàdurra Oloroso

Over the years I have been very lucky to visit some fascinating places chosen as venues for Scotch whisky launches, but few have been quite so intriguing as a recent trip to John Lobb Bootmaker of St James's St. London. This family-run company has been making bespoke shoes in the exactly the same painstaking way since 1866 and past customers have included famous names such as Duke Ellington, Mahatma Gandhi, Guglielmo Marconi, Laurence Olivier and Frank Sinatra.

Why did The Glenlivet choose this dusty, box-filled shop as the place to launch the first whisky in a new three-product travel-retail exclusive collection? Well, I guess the idea was to stress the Speyside distillery's attachment to craftsmanship , as well as to link the world of shoes and whisky to Spain, famed worldwide of course for its leather and sherry.

However, it turned out John Lobb gets most of its leather from England but hey ho, the idea was good as was, I am pleased to say, the whisky.

After all that preamble it will come as no surprise then to learn that the new The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso is aged solely in ex-sherry casks (the first major bottling from the distillery to be so). For anybody used to the classically delicate, almost floral style of The Glenlivet this powerful 48% abv whisky comes as a bit of a surprise. The sherry maturation gives the whisky extra sweetness and spice and delicious marmalade and dark chocolate flavours.

The 1-litre Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso will initially be availabl...

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