Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Cask Finish 700ml
Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra release addresses the fact that if you're setting out to create a whisky that George Smith would recognise, you do have to appreciate that peat was used at the distillery in his day.
Nose: Tangy and 'fizzy', old fashioned lemonade and hints of Orangina or Buck's Fizz even. There's gooseberry and a touch of coconut and foam banana. Raspberry and rhubarb develop. The peat comes through as nutty malted barley.
Palate: Tasting this alongside Ian Logan, he explained how his favourite tasting notes are the ones that get right to the point, so here you go: Peat & Pear Drops!
Finish: Creaminess and earthy peat combine for a chocolatey finish, both pleasantly bitter cocoa and creamy Cadbury's hot chocolate with hints of fruitiness still.
Overall: Fruity Glenlivet combining very well with considered use of peated casks.