Overall rating
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
16 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2018 9:34 pm by Kalyane73
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 359.45

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194 × member ratings

351 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 2002 MBl

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.98 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What an incredible "Dark Sherry Bomb"! At the beginning of the tasting, I was still afraid that this filling would be too woody and bitter, but fortunately this was not the case. The spicy wood flavors harmonize wonderfully with the dark sherry aromas and complete the taste experience! If you like Merciless Dark Sherry you are in the right place here. Sure, sometimes the Secret Speyside seems a bit cluttered, but really minimal ;-) This bottling is a dream, I'm completely thrilled! I do not want to be involved in the speculation about the origin of this mysterious bottling, but in my opinion a certain resemblance to some dark Macallan bottlings can not be denied. No matter where the fabric comes from, it's damn delicious!

    24/23/23/23 / (93P)
    • Nose
      Dark as Cola, the Secret Speyside shines in the Premium Snifter. An oily streak sticks to the glass wall, from which long syrup-like "legs" are loosened and their endless paths are pulled back into the glass. Dark dried fruit aromas stand out heavily from the glass, wooden weight is in the air. Caramelised sugar and a dark orange aroma are competing, raisins and juicy sour cherries flash, and crumbs of sweet and dried tobacco leaves are combined with cedar wood and a hint of old leather. Rasp of dark chocolate drops on plums and blackberries, dark caramel drips hard on dried orange slices, the "dark sherry aroma" is unbelievable and seems a bit overloaded. A few drops of viscous balsamic give the dark nose a slightly tart nuance, the spicy wood tones produce a sharp and dark contrast all the time. Sour cherries stimulate the salivation, I look forward to the first sip!
    • Taste
      At the first sip, dark sherry flavors in combination with extremely spicy wood elements mercilessly hit the palate. Sweet dried berries and grapes flow oilyly over the tongue, sour cherries give off their beguiling aroma, dark chocolate and old tobacco unite during cold espresso with a few splashes of balsamic dripping from the tongue. Wood sharpness sticks to the tongue and leaves espresso powder on the tongue. The tongue contracts, spicy and dry wood elements stick between tongue and palate. Also taste shows the full "Dark Sherry Palette". Sour cherries, espresso, dark chocolate, lovage, dried oranges and raisins, sweetish tobacco leaves, old leather, hints of licorice and gingerbread emanate their beguiling aroma and do not let me get enough of this mysterious and mysterious bottling.
    • Finish
      For a perceived eternity, the sherry flavors mentioned in the taste stick to the palate and give the impression that they never want to end. Gradually dark mint and a touch of eucalyptus from the spicy wood elements dissolve and freshen the entire mouth area, plump warmth dresses the palate while slightly tart wood tones stick under the tongue. On the tip of the tongue dances peppery pungency, dried fruit pieces swim creamy in the saliva.

  2. Kodos scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    WOW. No secret that this is a Macallan. A true "old style" Macallan that is. Find one = buy one!

  3. Holbech scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Chiztthewiz pretty much sums up this one. A very dark, balsamic, tabacco leaves and dark/semi acidic berries dram.
    At RRP i would not complain to own a bottle.. or two :-)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well, people are going to ask themselves if this is something over it. Not for me!
    At the latest when the taste explosion in the mouth I was thrilled.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Of course it is very sherry-loaded, very fruity, dark fruits, raisins, slightly spicy with a touch of lovage, old leather, lurking behind the sherry then the wood, some chocolate, dark, in the background, something meaty or bacon
    • Taste
      91 91
      totally dry in the start, pulls his mouth together, then violently sherry, raisin concentrate, tobacco, espresso, wow intense, some licorice, the mouth is extremely full, chew, oak, full-bodied, alcohol is super integrated, need kei water
    • Finish
      90 90
      sweet, still full of raisins, oak now comes through better, slightly spicy, medium, warm, then the grape skins I like to find in the finish

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      dark berry sherry nose with subtle leather and Möbelpolitureinfluss, delicate floral aromas, a touch of orange
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wine-rich, very round, fine woody aromas, it feels as if there are woody particles on the palate, dark and full - distinct coffee and chocolate aromas, slightly dry - very yummy
    • Finish
      90 90
      long and dark with beautifully balanced bitterness

  6. BlakeLuces scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very intense sherry, amarena cherry, blood orange, candied red apples, plum jam, meaty, roast and soy sauce, old leather, hazelnuts, almonds, tosted oak, toffee
    fresher with some water and even more fruity.
    Beautifully creamy, the malt is wonderfully balanced on the tongue. Towards the back dusty and drier with a hint of dark chocolate. Could have liked to be a bit longer in the finish. Otherwise, but an absolutely beautiful and intense sherry barrel stored whisky!

  7. Najzero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    So, Secret Speyside from Maltman... 16 years old. Oh times have changed. When the 14 yr old came out, you could buy a bottle very easily. Then rumors spread around that it should be a "M" ... and Maltman did nothing in particular to stop those rumors.

    When the 16yr old was released I could only get my hands on one bottle together with three friends and we decided to offer them as 5cl samples that alot people could at least try.
    Is it good? hell yeah. Bought another bottle in the after market for 230€ + shipping (11.07.2019)... but I mostly knew what I was vouching for.

    Nose: yes! dark sherry style. Alcohol hits with a mentholy idea but then vanishes into a fruity dark composition. Alcohol stays there, yes, but plums, blood orange and .... well yeah, good sherry.
    Mouth: peppery, wooden, sherry, intermezzo. And already a tad bitter.
    Finish: loooong, dark chocolate, raisins, expresso, burnt coffee.

    I know why this was taken out of the cask, bitter tones would have overtaken it if it stayed inside a cask for much longer.
    Today it is quite a harsh dark sherry whisky that does "not" alot more than that.
    For those people who love that, its close to perfect.

    On a side remark: me and quite alot whisky friends I listen to think that Secret Speyside 10 and 11 must be from different distilleries. This 16 year old comes very close to the famos 14yr old, but 11 and 10 are a mile off. So don't fall for the next maltman release so easily (prices spike, and then drop if its "not the good stuff")

  8. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    I was a bit skeptical because of the hype about this bottling, but if you're into sherry bombs, then that's a terrific bottling. One of my favorite whiskys in 2018.
    • Nose
      92 92
      What a fat Sherrynase: New leather, gravy, Mon Cheri or dark cherry, with gingerbread and toffee.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Also in terms of taste, this is a hefty broth. The creamy texture releases notes of maggi, beet syrup, balsamic and blood orange. The whisky is slightly astringent with a slight acidity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long and leaves caramel, fudge, ginger and raisins in the mouth.

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Dramtastisch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88


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