Maybe not the prettiest bottle out there, but the price and taste certainly are!
Muirhead’s Silver Seal 16yo is an independently bottled Speysider, bottled at 40% ABV. It’s a smooth and fruity whisky, a good starter, but it adds a surprising level of complexity with its earthy and mineral notes. I honestly didn’t expect this when looking at the price of roughly 35 euros:
Orchard fruits, minerals, leather, earthy, cedar wood, floral and a hint of peanuts
Warming, minerally, apples, a vague hint of peat maybe, it’s definitely earthy, with a salty undertone and layers of honey
An earthy (a bit dusty even) and warming finish, with some salty and savoury notes, spicy oak, pistachio, honey on a beautiful base of smooth orchard fruits
A juicy and subtle dram, with a lot of complex notes, as long as you don’t drink this along some more powerful whiskies. Then it falls a bit short, but what can you expect? I’d love to taste this at cask strength, I think it would make many people happy.
So, when you’re on a budget and you love malts like Glenmorangie and Glenlivet but you need a little more complexity, you should certainly consider this, it’s worth it!