A lot here recommended a second look, and I went with an older expression (wanted Nadurra, but got only Glenlivet 15 FO) as it was in the same price bracket as other SMs I had. Glen 15 FO also hasn't quite made an impression. I am turning out to be an islay fan, but considering other speysiders like Glenfiddich 15 Solera especially and Macallan 12 Elegancia (took some time) has left an admiration for them, I was hoping Glenlivets will reveal its charm one day.
I must say when I dismissed Glenlivet 12, I had very limited exposure to SMs and I see that my preferences are evolving. I just picked up a Glenlivet 12 (yet to open) again and am looking forward to see what it holds now.
All quality whiskies that are enjoyable. Glenlivet 12, Glenfidich 12, Glenmo standard, GlenMoray, Macallan Fine Oak 10 etc. Certainly some more than others may be worthy of "diving deeper in the glass."
But all have more esoteric bottlings. The jump to the Glenlivet Nadurra from the 12 is quite large. From 40 to 48, or 57% depending which version; a lack of filtration; Much more intensity and focus in nose and flavour...
Actually, it would work well in one session. Start with the 12, and let your refill be Nadurra!
Very different whisky experiences, that's all.
Reggaeblues wrote:The jump to the Glenlivet Nadurra from the 12 is quite large... Much more intensity and focus in nose and flavour... Actually, it would work well in one session. Start with the 12, and let your refill be Nadurra!
"Intensity" indeed! What a wonderful way in which to highlight both the similarities and differences of these two whiskies.
And like many others it was my first SMS, and even if it doesn't have a lot of bells or whistles, I would say it just about always offers an enjoyable time, which is sure to lead into a want to look deeper into SMS's
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