These are exciting times for Scotch whisky; barely a week passes without someone releasing a special malt somewhere. The folks at French giant Pernod Ricard don’t intend to miss out and recently gave a preview of this fall and winter’s treats. One release that is definitely worth investigating is the Glenlivet Nàdurra in its pure and, quite literally, undiluted form.
A version of this whisky originally appeared in duty-free stores, but because of strict alcohol content regulations those bottles were sold at a reduced strength. But Nàdurra means "natural" in Gaelic, and this version is bottled straight from the cask, just as nature intended. This pure version will satisfy those drinkers who find the Glenlivet just a touch too tame, and they will welcome the real flavor punch on offer here. Furthermore, it’s non–chill-filtered, which means that while it will go cloudy when cool and might not look so great, it will keep all its original flavors.
But what may attract whisky lovers most is that Nàdurra adds a whole new dimension to the Glenlivet range. Matured in first-fill American bourbon casks, it has distinctive zesty, citrony flavors, but there are also vanilla, marshmallow and coconut notes not normally associated with this classic Speyside distillery. The price is very manageable, too. Highly recommended ($60; available nationwide).