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Overall rating
90.71/100
votes
74
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Finest Whisky Berlin
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
36 years old
Number of bottles
243
Strength
50.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 Feb 2020 11:51 pm by whiskycuse

Average value

€ 449,99

26 × in wishlist

74 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland 1983 Sb

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.71 points

  1. WhiskyLover73 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    I am not sure if this is a Clynelish. Much more likely a Brora short before closing of the distillery. This one reminds me too much on the very good Brora I had a few years ago. Absolutely superb!

  2. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I know exactly why this whisky polarizes (see note above). The character is absolutely raw and unsexy - and just old. I give him 94 points because I love that. And to the discussion about the content: Anyone who brings a 36-year-old Brora to the market for just over 300 euros is sure to do the fan community a huge favor, but is probably bad on the head commercially
    • Nose
      immediately after pouring out a clear flag of smoke that wafts out of the glass, but quickly fades away. Quite massive, plus this brittle, waxy and citrus-heavy "unsexy" Northern Highland character. Chalk dust, lemon zest, dry autumn leaves, a little spicy-sweet vanilla and candle wax. Purism par excellence
    • Taste
      of course with a lot of strength and spice, the oak is clearly present, which may be and is not bitter. Aromatic coffee, herbal oil, limestone, limes and some light, sweet stone fruit
    • Finish
      long, crisp dry, acidic-tart and with green pepper

  3. Amino scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    Honestly....
    N: Floral, fruit, apricot and spicy paraffin, vanilla.
    P: hot fruit, rough hot paraffin, dryness
    F: spiciness, dryness, hot fruit

    With a lot of water there is more apricot and light stone fruit. The paraffin becomes a little dirtier, the sharpness and dryness remains.

    Maybe it's a Cly ... but not a good one. Really not a good one. Better the OB 14. Think about it ... Even without naming the distillery, one could easily ask for more than 800 if it only came close to good old Cly or Br. The taste counts. But 96 points, etc. very questionable and already brazen! Shame on you!!!!!! 36 years ago or not. Age doesn't always make a good whisky.

  4. WuDramSeb scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Wonderfull Clyne… ;)

    If youre like the old Brora Styles you better hurry up! Thats a Cracker!

  5. leonardo100 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    It's really easy to figue it out. Oily, waxy, a little bit smoky, fruits and so on. Typical Clynelish's flavours. Complex, balanced and quite long and nice finish. Well done! Sansibar people
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. linaricci scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    A very nice Clynel...Typical flavours such as waxes, oils, red fruits, vanilla, honeys... come and go in several waves. Well balanced and a very long finish. superb! My score is 94...but with the price, definitely 99!

  7. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Super fruity nose with a little water. Unfortunately too much flavor and metallic notes in taste.

  8. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    All these alleged Clynelish's, which came out from different independent bottlers this year, all fail with me! One better, the other worse, but not all at the level of Clynelish's where the name of the distillery is on the label, let alone the Broras, which for me are the premier class of whisky. Definitely not worth their money these whole bottlings.

  10. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber

    More barrels, less dry wood, unfortunately less vegetable oil. 87 points. Commentary on the Mancarella largely identical, if it has to be one of the two -> Mancarella, the Zanzibar bottling tastes more of ex-bourbon than of Clynelish, there may still be a chance or two.
    • Nose
      Cool, barrel-heavy, sweeter, less dry wood. Pineapple juice, rapeseed honey. Tree sap, some beeswax. Anise, dill. With water: vanilla, baked apples. Tree sap, cinnamon. Some lavender.
    • Taste
      Oily and sweet, apple juice, rapeseed oil. Chestnuts, wet bark. Dry wood. Tree sap, pine needles. Rapeseed, orange peel.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Vanilla, pine needles.

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