Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Art” Glenlivet 1979 35 Years Old

Style: Sherry and Complex

Nose:
Quince, dark prunes lightly veiled by surprising vibrant ginger spice at this archaic age. Brown sugar clusters around salted caramel pecans. Next we have raisins and roasted almonds. Multiple layers of red fruits on display here… Quite enjoyable.

Palate:
Effortless, elegant entrance, a mix of umeboshi and salted caramel sauce on the palate. Ginger spice surges while red fruits run deeper and resonates beautifully. Rather dense quince levitated by bright cranberry juice. Again, multiple layers of red fruits – ruby grapes, sugar roasted almonds, liquorice delivering at just the right balance. Soft, cereal malt to finish.

Finish:
Slightly winey, raisin chocolate opens up to more high flying ruby and vanilla malt. Another touch of salt, nice finish.

Thoughts:
A little twist of a beautifully aged sherry Glenlivet, showcasing multiple facets of red fruits, smooth sweetness with splendid depth while the gingery spirit injects a nice vibrancy into the whisky. A very complete whisky, reaffirms my love of sherried Glenlivet, sheer elegance.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[51.3% • 2014  Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number: 6100 • Bottle Number: 144 of 178 • Limited Release]

-Esmond