Not only is The Glenlivet the best selling single malt scotch in the U.S., but other blended whiskies — such as Chivas Regal and Royal Salute — use The Glenlivet’s output in their blends. So unless you haven’t tried Scotch at all, you’ve probably had whisky from the T he G lenlivet Distillery.
But you’ve not likely had anything like The Glenlivet Nàdurra. The word “nàdurra” is Gaelic for natural, as in all natural, as in nothing added and nothing removed after distilling. The topic of additives and chill-filtration in whisky is a hot button topic in today’s all natural, traditional method, and organic-crazed consumer market. The Nàdurra is all about traditional methods proclaiming “Non Chill-Filtered” proudly and prominently on the
bottle. Chill-filtering is a modern process employed for cosmetic purposes, basically to prevent a whisky from becoming cloudy when ice or water is added. Sounds harmless enough, right? Well, it depends whom you ask. If you ask me, I want the whisky the way George and his son J. G. Smith wanted us to enjoy Glenlivet’s fines t distillate.
My Father Connecticut
Unlike the overwhelming majority of whiskies, which are filtered and diluted before bottling (including single malt Scotches), Nàdurra is bottled at cask strength. This is something to be mindful of because it has a significantly higher alcohol content. There’s a perk, though: the distiller isn’t diluting it for you, so that you can do it yourself however you please. So don’t feel like less of a man when you add water to this dram; that’s the idea. And, for God’s sake, don’t act a fool when it clouds up on you, that’s a good sign! Once you’ve gotten the whisky to where you want it, get the My Father Connecticut fired up. The cigar’s earthy and peppery core gives you the backbone you need to stand up to the Nàdurra while the wrapper’s creamy vanilla characteristic marries beautifully with the apple, cinnamon, and oaky vanilla notes coming from the whisky. Take your time to enjoy this pairing. I think you’re going to love it .