Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Collection “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia” Pluscarden Valley 1977 38 Years Old

Style: Rich and Sweet

Nose:
Rather dense, musky red fruits with great oiliness. Toffee apples, fried banana sided with crème brûlée, a pinch of peppermint and caramel sauce. Dates, cinnamon dust and Christmas cake flowing onto vanilla malt.

Palate:
Caramelized apples on the palate with plenty of sweetness. Apple pie, stew fruits with immense oiliness and richness. Icing sugar, another touch of peppermint. Cooked oranges, almonds and dark plum cake with smooth chocolate to finish.

Finish:
Fragrant ripe cherries, stewed citrus fruits, more almonds and finishes with long tasty red fruits.

Thoughts:
A straightforward, quite heavily sherried and fruity malt. The red fruits influence has no sign of mellowing or amalgamation even after 38 long years of maturation, it feels separated from the spirit at times. There was a discussion if this is a paxarette-treated cask, I don’t know for sure… But I understand the doubts as it feels the spirit is masked by a rather defiant sherry notes, but who knows? Anyway, some of you should know Pluscarden Valley is not an actual distillery, rumour has it that it is a Miltonduff (Conveniently google maps shows that Pluscarden is actually right next to Miltonduff), any chance that it is a Mosttowie? Although I don’t understand why it has to be labelled under another name, nonetheless it is a pretty good drop.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[46.7% • 2016 Bottled • 1977 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: W4201 • 232 of 550 Bottles]

-Esmond