Natu Nobilis Review


“Not Quite As Noble As The Name Suggests”

Country: Brazil
Brand: Natu Nobilis
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: NAS
Alcohol: 39%

Colour: Deep Copper (Caramel is added for colouring)

Nose: Nose: Alcohol, Refill-Oak, Nut Shells, Dried Fruit, Toast and Margarine, Treacle, Toffee and traces of Green Apple, Malt and Honey. I must say I've smelled far worse at this Price Level. It's all very Thin of course and it's really Borderline Whisky as the Industrial Alcohol is in full control.

Taste: Edgy, Hot, Thin and Watery. The Alcohol stings a bit. I find Refill-Oak, Sugar, Toffee, Nut Shells, light Licorice and Sharp Wood Spice.

Finish: Short, Sharp and Bitter-Sweet with Alcohol, Sugar, Refill-Oak, Toffee, Nut Shells, light Licorice and Pepper.

Rating: 63.5 

Nose: 17 – Taste: 16 – Finish: 15  – Overall: 15.5 

With added Water the Heat dies down but I wouldn't call it Whisky anymore.


General Remarks. This Blended Whisky is bottled in Brazil by Pernod Ricard Brasil. It contains imported Malt Whiskies from Scotland that are supplied by J.E. Seagram. I would presume that these Malt Whiskies are produced by one or more of the Pernod Ricard distilleries in the Highlands. Locally distilled alcohol and water are subsequently added by Pernod Ricard Brasil. Natu Nobilis was launched in 1969 and it's still one of the Market Leaders, especially in Southern and Central parts of Brazil.

Drinking Experience Neat: Below Average.

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Just barely acceptable but without giving any real pleasure.

Conclusion: If you're looking for relatively cheap Alcohol with a nice Caramel colour and packed in a nice bottle, Natu Nobilis might just be what you're looking for. If you want to appreciate a nice Blended whisky though, go look somewhere else.  Of the whiskies elaborated in Brazil, Natu Nobilis is the "best" so far. The Nose is acceptable in this Price Class. But Palate and Finish are Edgy, Sharp and Bitter and are completely dominated by the industrial Alcohol. If you must drink Natu Nobilis, better drown it in ice. These days, it's nearly impossible to find a cheap good whisky. The best alternative still is a standard American Bourbon or Whiskey!

Jan van den Ende                                                                       May 7, 2015

2 comments:

nonsmokinjoe said...

Natu Nobilis is nowhere near as bad as some of the commentatators will let you know. Like most Brazilian blends it is distinctly "grainy" which is the Brazilian part of it, but the malt or "Scotch" part of it is very good quality. Not fair to compare this with very aged products or whiskies with high malt content, which are usually over R$100 a bottle. For the price (c.R$30) not at all a bad buy, especially if you like the corn taste. I would say it is halfway between a scotch and a bourbon. Especially good "on the rocks" (com gelo).

Jan van den Ende said...

Hi Nonsmokinjoe! Thanks for commenting! Sorry for the late reply but I was traveling. Of course you can't compare it to Quality Single Malt Whiskies and of course it's cheap. But personally I find it unattractive even considering the price level. And I don't agree with you on the Malt component. It tastes very young and I'm sure 3rd and/or 4th refill casks were used for maturation. But that's only my opinion of course! If you like it, enjoy it by all means. Cheers, Jan!