Whisky Review: Silver Seal Whisky is Classical Series Glen Elgin 20 Years Old “Madama Butterfly”

Style: Sweet and Spicy

Nose:
Icy spearmint swooping down onto lightly stewed tropical fruits on the nose. Quite peppery and sharp, but the ester fruits are holding up very nicely in the middle. White flower coming through, banana, dried mangoes and malt cake on the subtle side. Bit shy but also sweet and alluring.

Palate:
A spicy arrow pierces through the palate, then we are bestowed with some beautiful sweetness. Icing sugar on a lemon sponge cake, lily, pineapple margarita, lightly stewed tropical fruits, aloe vera and boiled lemon flowing along. A final bite of delicious malt cake. Gentle wood smoke at the back, chocolate chip cookie. Finishes with a touch of oak.

Finish:
Spices with a minimal hint of earthiness. Malt, lemon cup cake with a dab of chocolate.

Thoughts:
A very elegant Glen Elgin. Slightly sharp on the nose but mmmm, an array of dazzling sweetness delivered on the palate. Very tasty. Classic Speyside reaching a rather high ceiling here. Very, very close to 2 stars. Well done.

☆ [Recommended]

[51.9% • 2016 Bottled • 1995 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: 67 • 135 of 185 Bottles]

-Esmond

Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne