Overall rating
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
06 years old
PX Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Dec 2019 9:44 am by indyjones
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.90

15 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

96 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Islay 2013 MBl

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.83 points

  1. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Huge fried bacon notes, dirty peat smoke, black shoe polish, orange marmalade, licorice, ginger, campher and fresh sea breeze. This nose screams Laga... in my opinion.

    Taste: Salty peat smoke, a bit fishy, szechuan pepper, leather, slightly bitter orange peel, overbrewed english tea, a bit tannic, garden herbs. anisseed, cigarette smoke and campher.

    Comments: Usually I am not too fond of px casks, but in this instance it worked out very well. Goes to show that a great distillate doesn’t need to be 10years+ , when matured in a good cask. Thanx Bowi! /88

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, yet powerful and voluminous. The young age cannot be denied, this malt lacks depth and character. And when I think about it, this young and impetuous kind corresponds to his character. Extremely tasty and yet I lack the certain kick with this bottling. Price guaranteed extremely high, due to its color and PX maturation sold out in no time ....

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Dark copper shimmers with an orange shine in the Premium Snifter, long and oily "legs" adhere to the glass wall. Fruit aromas rise up sweetly, mildly flattering fruity peat on the nose, minimal mineral smoke pushes through the beguiling fruit sweetness. Sweet oranges melt with sweet cherries, zests of orange peel fall into a melange of peat and chocolate, a hint of meadow herbs and dried spices rises. Menthol and eucalyptus are minimal, light smoke aromas mix with charred wooden elements, a hint of fly ash sticks to grilled apricots and oranges.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently over the tongue. Sweetness flashes before dark peat with a mineral smoke note covers the tongue. More and more charred pieces of wood push themselves into the foreground, ashes and cold smoke stick to the palate, abrasion from dried orange peel mixes with black pepper and a pinch of salt. Tart wood tones accompany the second sip on its way through the palate. Again, pepper and salt, coal and ashes suddenly dissolve the saliva flow with burnt-on logs. Dark wooden elements play with dark fruit aromas, the sometimes violent sharpness slowly fades away and herbs and spices appear again. Slightly greasy and oily, taste and aftertaste gradually blur.
    • Finish
      Dark burnt wood tones stick to the palate, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably oily and rancid. Walnuts are released from dried wood and pine branches, dark chocolate melts in the mouth after a few drops of hot espresso have dripped onto it. With a hint of ash and coal, the aftertaste fades away, what remains is an oily and greasy film of walnuts, oranges, herbs and cold smoke.

  3. Maltman59 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Some smoke, sherry and sherry, buttery creamy, dried Piedmont cherry, some hazelnut and light wood.
      Not complex but smells delicious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Alcohol is there, but processed relatively well. Lots of sherry, also in the mouth a bit buttery or creamy.
      The dark sherry flavors are intense and carried by alcohol.
      Somewhat one-dimensional but tasty.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long with sherry. At the end a bit drier with slightly dusty oak.

      The color has a little more hope. Nevertheless, a successful young malt.
      I would say a bit too expensive, but which whisky is not too expensive by 20-30%?

  4. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If you want to drink Christmas as a whisky: you've come to the right place. I can well imagine that it was taken out of the barrel earlier than originally planned. If it had been allowed to mature even further, it would probably have been over soon. Overall, I find this expression overhyped. This is probably due to the color. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/06/11/unbekanntes-islay/

  5. RJKrueger scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A very nice Islay malt from the leather saddle & ham category made from wood smoke, he still lacks depth for a consistent top rating because he is still a little too young.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wonderfully leathery, wood smoke, not so medicinal, smoked ham with pepper, nut notes, dried plums & figs, cherry notes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A lot of sherry comes through in the taste, the smoked ham is also present again, oak in the background, overall in the taste due to the youthful age not as complex as in the aroma.
      With the addition of a little water, the pepper content is pushed back and the result is a nice, creamy mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long finish, more oak and present sherry notes, becoming bitter.

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
      IT: 86
      B: 86
    • Finish
      87 87


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