Rather Juicy and palatable whisky. Not as good as the 16 years old bourbon matured Nadurra that is now discontinued but still a good combination of fruits with orange, raisins and red apples, spices with cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg and good interaction between wood and spirit.
I was not particularly impressed when I had the Oloroso Nadurra the first and second time but after tasting this one blind, I had to change my mind. I was actually convinced that it was a Glen Garioch sherry cask, 10-12 years old. However, it is possible that the improvement is a result of batch variation which is more common in NAS releases in my opinion. The same applies for Aberlour A’bunadh for example, but was never the case with the 16 year old Nadurra. Still, I was impressed by this one.
Rating interval 85-88
Sweet on the nose with raisins and red apples, malt and spicy cinnamon, black pepper, bitter orange, orange candy (Tic Tac's or PEZ). Orange and pepper move forward with water, sultana and dried apricot also emerge.
A hint of smoke (not peat smoke, but wood smoke) in the sour-/bitter arrival with lemon juice, malt sugar, mineral and table salt at the front of the tongue. It becomes oily and creamy after a few seconds on the development, spices as pepper and nutmeg are coming forward on the tongue as the sweetness at the same time are moving back. Overall it is not as sweet as expected from the nose in neither the arrival nor in the development. More spices become noticeable but difficult to identify separately. Water brings forward some of the sweetness again and suppress the spices with the exception of black pepper which is still very enhanced.
The spices continue into the finish with nutmeg and slightly bitter oak, again orange but dried orange this time. The finish is medium in length but warm and comfortable. Juicy raisins and prunes are absolutely there as well.