Review: The Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph 1991September 10th, 2009
This whisky will be available in November. The name, Triumph, based on the barley variety used exclusively for this whisky, which their press release says is not longer being used by the distillery.
If you like more oak influence (and a mouth-coating one at that), then go for the new Triumph 1991, but if you want your Glenlivet more vibrant and lively, then stick with the original 16 year old expression. (I like both equally.)
The Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph 1991, 48%, $85
Richly textured with mouth-coating malt that is balanced by an array of lively fruit (fresh peach, nectarine, tangerine, pears in honey, and delicately caramelized pineapple). Creamy caramel, crème brulee, anise and subtle toasted marshmallow add complexity, as does its gently spicy, pleasingly dry finish. Two years older than the standard 16 year old Nadurra (which I like for its vibrancy and freshness). This new Triumph 1991 is richer and more textured, with more caramelized sugars, riper barley, and greater fruit impact. More mouth-coating too. (Exclusive to the U.S.)
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91