Glenlivet Nadurra Islay Cask, 61.5%

Price: $89 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The aim here was to recreate the style of malt made by George Smith, but rather than running peated malt, Chivas Bros. has aged the spirit in Islay casks (not what George would have done). On the upside, this is a classic Nadurra: estery fruits with pineapple to the fore, freesia, pear, and fresh apple, the smoke giving subtle gun-flint notes to the palate. I like it as a dram, but it's wimped out of what was intended. Marked accordingly.