Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
05 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 May 2019 3:14 pm by Djurre
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.99

12 × in wishlist

82 × member ratings

176 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Islay 2013 MBl

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.47 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Young and intense, aromatic and fruity with a campfire romance. You can't go wrong with these young things, but you can't expect too much either. Hardly any complexity and maturity, but a lot of flavor and barrel influence. Fits and tastes ...

    22/22/21/22 (87P)
    • Nose
      The malt in the glass shimmers rusty brown, oily "legs" adorn the glass wall of my Premium Snifter while spicy wood tones with smoky notes rise heavily from the glass. Sweet raisins, zest from old orange peel and slightly burnt caramel slowly move into the foreground. Herbs and spices, slightly greasy and chocolaty with a salty and maritime tone. The aromas appear subdued and heavy, earthy with a minimal ash note.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy with a wonderful smoky note, followed by embers and ash, just as smoky wood tones and a smoldering campfire. The alcohol is dominant and often comes to the fore, resinous wood sticks spicy on the palate while peppery spiciness massages the tongue on the tongue. The saliva is slowly stimulated, slightly greasy and oily elements come into their own. Chocolate and sour cherries, oranges with spices, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably smoother and more oily.
    • Finish
      Fly ash sticks earthy to the palate, hazelnuts swim creamy in the excited saliva, butter flakes melt on the tongue, the smoky undertone is permanently present. Earthy peat, spicy wood with dark berries, sour cherries and spices, the aftertaste ends in medium length and creamy.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    -Blind tasting-
    Here, too, a whisky that a sherry barrel worked well for. I would like to put the smoky note in Islay, but I can be wrong. Full sherry barrel maturation, hardly anything else comes into consideration. Not too old, due to the very limited aroma finish. NAS would come to my mind here - and then it's always a Lagavulin, right?
    • Nose
      86 86
      Significant smoke on sherry ... intense peat smoke note that I would locate after Islay. In addition, leather, dark chocolate, prunes, blackberries. Over time, seasoning comes into play: nutmeg, thyme, savory, but also a pinch of cinnamon, which takes the heat out a little.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very powerful start, immediately sherry aromas. Gingerbread spice, thyme, marjoram, pepper. Vanilla sugar, sugar beet syrup - despite the spices, there is a distinct sweetness. Dried figs and plums, leather, dark chocolate. Quite dry, the smoke took a while.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Warms up for a medium time, is dry and sherry-sweet, but without really going deep.

  3. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite a surprise this youngster. Not what you would expect from a whisky of this age. This is rather balanced and smooth given the age and abv. There’s a nice interplay between dry and herbal peat, bonfire and liquorice, dried forest fruits and chocolate sweetness.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      full smoke, smoked bacon, raisins, wild berries, thyme, a touch of cinnamon, iodine, chocolate bananas, maritime
    • Taste
      86 86
      Ash, smoked bacon, honey, endless salivation, black pepper, creamy, vanilla, thyme
    • Finish
      85 85
      becoming dry, pepper, smoke, wild berries, medium length

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A smoking open fire, sour plums, fried bacon. Earth. Coffee grounds.
    • Taste
      Sharp grill smoke. Burned meat, BBQ sauce, some raspberry. Ash.

  9. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Might be a ballechin too.
    Only the departure reveals the youth.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Leathery, greasy, smoky.
      Easy to drink and heavy. Dark red fruits. The peat smoke isn't that Islay at all. Could also be a ballechin in the combination.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite mild at the start. Then the sherry influence and alcohol pushes. The smoke is still very subdued. The red fruits are very intense.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Yes, smoky. Yes, strong. And still nice and fruity. A metallic note is only noticeable towards the end.

  10. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86


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