This is a so-called ‘First Bottling’ by Silver Seal, already put out in 2001 and by now almost extinct. I see it at auctions from time to time, but it fetches a whopping 700 to 1.000 euros. So I count my blessings with having received a sample from my friend Enrico.
Wonderful, dark and sweet nose on old sherry, leather, cigar box and laurel. There is an undefined floral note as well. Hint of broth. Woodsmoke and blood oranger. Old School. Lovely.
Good body, even after all these years in the bottle. Something metal-like, which I often have with older bottlings. Again that floral element that precedes a great sweetness. Reminds me of raisins, Turkish Delight, dried peach and gummi candy. Wonderful.
The finish is medium long, candy-like sweet with another touch of woodsmoke.
Incredibly good Macallan that makes all recent releases pale in comparison. They don’t make ‘m like this no more, says the cliché. I concur.