Bottle No. 45 / 120
Silver Seal, an Independent Bottling Company, may not have wide recognition among average whisky drinkers but is very well known among whisky collectors and aficionados.
The company was founded in 2000 and is considered the informal heir to the legendary Italian whisky bottler Sestante (founded 1979), which ceased operation n the 1990s. Massimo Righi acquired both brands in 2010 after being on search for whisky barrels to supply the labels since 2008. Silver Seal shows a lot of activity in the last decade and Mr. Righi excellent cask selection became legendary.
As a rule, Silver Seal bottlings reveal distillery name and Rare Pluscarden Valley seems to be a notable exception. In our opinion the whisky comes from Miltonduff Distillery, which sits in Pluscarden Glen with the original buildings occupying the site, which used to host Pluscarden Priory.
The whisky distilled in 1971 was aged for 36 years and bottled at 44.3% abv in 2007 with an outrun of 203 bottles. We had no chance to taste it, we can only guess it is a true sherry bomb recommended by the producer as “Cigar Choice”.