The latest addition to the excellent Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies is 'First Fill Selection', a sweet, vanilla-rich virgin American white oak matured version from The Glenlivet.
Nose: Frosted Shreddies, coconut crème brulee and vanilla infused sugar. Sultanas moving into marmalade, a hint of blackcurrant. Baked apple slices in custard. With water it opens further with gummy bears, pear drops and a hint of fern, a subtle floral soapiness and some buttery toffee. Mr Whippy's ice cream oysters too.
Palate: After a second, oomph! Powerful and sweet toasty oak. Rhubarb and custard boiled sweets on the second sip. Water reveals foam bananas and a hint of bubblegum.
Finish: Slightly smoky oak and almond goodness, with water revealing some citrus that, whilst I don't like to quote official tasting notes, is indeed "refreshing".
Overall: Quite a bit sweeter, with more vanilla and less of the warming wood spice found in the ex-bourbon cask 16 year old, both of which are to be expected. It's very good, naturally (or nàdurrally... nàdurra also means natural... there's a joke in there somewhere).