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Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
61
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
11.2013
Bottled
02.2019
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
11026
Number of bottles
505
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 May 2019 3:14 pm by Djurre
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.99

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61 × member ratings

160 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Islay 2013 MBl

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.79 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Impressive what you can fill as a 5-year old whisky. Rauch + Fass works for me often at a young age quite well and this is a prime example. It would probably have been written on a Bunna, so I'm going to tap on the zoo Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Wow, directly Banana, I did not see that coming, extremely much banana, salt, chocolate, maritime smoke, that could well be a Bunna, salt, smoked fish, musty and dirty, almost brackish water, but only hinted and not unpleasant , I'm definitely on Bunnahabhain, cabbage salad, so it's exciting, still not meant negative, the longer he is in the glass the more come the usual suspects in Sherrymalts, dark fruits, the chocolate is more obvious, better keep your finger off the water , thus it looks young and lively and loses many of its aromas
    • Taste
      clear smoke, clear sherry, salt, dark fruits, you can almost chew it, chocolate, dark, maritime, chalky, because you still noticed a bit the youth, behind dry drier, here I think more of the classic Lagavulin as undisclosed Islay, but could also be a Bunna ;-), with water I go even more direction Lagavulin
    • Finish
      Drying, the smoke has subsided, but is still there, sherry also resonates properly, long lasting

  2. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    So, now the last one in the bunch I tried after the Longmorn 10 and the Secret of Speyside 26.

    First nose, Caol Ila!
    The alcohol tingles slightly in the nose.
    Salt, seaweed ... nice sea breeze.
    Then some pear peel, licorice, green apple and orange. The smoke is subtle in the background and mentholisch cooling in the nose.

    Palate: Ordenlicher start, the alcohol drives the flavors vorran. The smoke is more present than in the nose. Gooseberry, mint, oranges and red ripe apples.

    Finish: Medium long. It remains a nice chocolatey sweetness paired with a nice camp fire smoke back.

    Conclusion:
    Despite the 5 years but a decent Malt for the money.
    Better than many NAS that costs twice as much.
    Nice barrel!

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      young, smoky, tons of tar, a hint of zinc bucket ?!
      Prunes, spices, cloves? Cinnamon.
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, smoky, engaging, some oak-spice, stays soft, slightly oily.
    • Finish
      84 84
      sweetish-spicy, pleasantly smoky, soft finish.

  4. Florius scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  5. McBRI scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    does not smell and taste as young as it actually is.
    Peatsmoke and caskinfluence can hide the youth really really good.

    Solid Malt for it's original price of 55-60€.

    It's not worth the 100-160€ many sellers ask.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice peat, bonfire smoke, ash, fake leather. Earthy notes. Alcohol present but certainly not overwhelming.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong and powerfull, pepper. Some sal ammoniac, licorice, bonfiresmoke, pure chocolate. Surprisingly balanced for such a young whisky.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still strong, bonfire smoke, intense taste. Some chocolate, honey, sweet smoke. Pretty long finish, with some tobacco as well.

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

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