Overall rating
89.66/100
votes
53
Whiskybase ID
WB150308
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Brothers in Malt (BiM)
Vintage
20.09.1995
Bottled
19.02.2020
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
1409061
Number of bottles
261
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 mar 2020 9:23 am by chris-sg
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 264.90

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121 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Secret Speyside 1995 BiM

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.66 points.

  1. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Speysider from the ex-bourbon barrel = fruit bomb. It doesn't always have to be FFSherry
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    sweet, ripe Speysider, well balanced between sweet and tart without much fruit or sherry.
    • Nose
      sweet, vanilla, shortbread biscuits, malt, only subtle fruit, rather dignified sweetness, slightly biscuit, a little black pepper
    • Taste
      warm and sweet, coffee with milk, caramel candy, burnt sugar, so also tart notes.
    • Finish
      slightly tart salted caramel, oak, butterscotch

  3. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Creamy, fruity, gooseberries, currants, apricots, old bookshelf, biscuit dough, honey
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey, black pepper, apricots, creamy, vanilla pudding, candied ginger, milk chocolate, caramel, cake batter
    • Finish
      89 89
      becoming dry, black pepper, nutty, apricots, caramel

  4. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Others have already written enough. Lots of not too exotic fruits, with a balanced wood influence and typical notes (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, old oak). Delicious.

  5. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  7. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Acid Jazz!:)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity and fresh spring-like nose.
      With one or two drops of water it is much rounder and fruity, with white melon, pear and tart honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Gets sour in the mouth very quickly, with
      Fizzy filled gooseberry candy, orange, grapefruit. Also a slightly dusty note. Everything is partly caught by a lemon curd-like sweetness, but it tingles the tongue a lot. More mineral with water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Lots of grapefruit and wood with mint and lime, but still pleasant - a soft drink, so to speak!

  8. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty Ex-BC bottling with the necessary age, alcohol content and a balance between fruit and wood spice.
    This special note in the taste gives the malt a high recognition factor, I think.
    10/10 = 90 points with a tendency to 91
    • Nose
      Initially a slightly alcoholic sting, which quickly dissipates. Behind it, it becomes very fruity like gooseberry meringue cake, white currant, honeydew melon and candied ginger. Slight impressions of sandalwood and abachi (the wood of the bench in the sauna) give the whisky a certain flavor.
      The flavors are well balanced and
    • Taste
      Very soft and salivary stimulating start.
      First fruity, then spicy. Balanced and perfectly adjusted in terms of alcohol content. In addition, I find a very distinctive note here that I do not know how to assign or describe.
    • Finish
      The finish also shows the beautiful interplay of (oak) spice and fruit. I also find a nut note. Almond maybe? A subtle acidity makes the finish exciting and quite long.

  9. wako93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Extremely fruity, sweet, creamy but also a punch. Towards the end a nice acidic curl - grapefruit, lime. If you feel like a fruit bomb that is not overwhelmed but can somehow do more, that's a safe bet.

  10. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well, as some of the malt reviewers already hinted that this bottle came from the Easter Elchies distillery, I compared it to a Macallan 18 Sherry Oak from 1996 and a Fine Oak, it cannot deny its origin.

    To be honest and if you leave out all the hype about the originals, I do not see by far the money you have to spend on them that is worth it. Pour it in a blind tasting glass and put another sherry scotch for a third of the price next to it, it will probably be beaten. But all you fanboys don't want to read or hear that.

    Yes, the distillery character matches, you get a M***lan in cask strength and 24 years, but sadly from a bourbon cask which makes it much less valuable than a hype-hype sherry cask. But it tastes fine. It is quite alright. Fine in an overall package that is worth the money for the fans (165 Euros on the first market in 2020), but nothing more to my taste. Amazingly, it can take a lot of water, more than the most cask strengths, I even watered it down to around 40% and it is still quite nice. But on the other hand, it doesn't improve.

    While I do not really like that mineralic or in a certain way metallic distillery character, this one is exactly the Ma*****n style combined with a quite strong and woody bitterness when the first sip is gone and if you take other ex-bourbon single casks in comparison, cheaper ones like a Glen Grant Local Dealer Edition from SV similar in age and abv do a better job for me. This is literally not for intensive nosing, experiencing the whisky once or twice was enough and the third, fourth or fifth time, I used a tumbler and just had a side dram while reading or watching a film. Therefore it is nice. And nothing more.

    So ratings here are pushing some prices of secret distillery bottlings. From me, the bottle deserves overall something like a 88 at max, in the rating system of some users, there would be a 22/22/20/23 for me which would bring down to 87, but that is not a big deal.

    So get your hands on one if you are a fan of Macallan, this is for drinking and not for making money. But if you don't give a lot of f**ks about hype distilleries, you you haven't missed anything if you don't get to try it. And honestly, guys who rate this in the 90s or more: try a 20+y old refill sherry cask whisky e.g. an Inchgower 22 from DL, a 24y Tobermory from SSMC. Bottles like these are worth the money on the same price level, for sure different, but I do not see this whisky much higher than 120-130 Euros. I even wouldn't spend 130 Euros if I had had a sample of it before.

  11. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A veritable fruit bomb with a muscular undercarriage and immaculate wood influence. Some will say: why should I shell out so much money for an ex-Bourbon Speysider that's not even 25 years old? Well, don't do it for the (putative) much-hyped distillery, but because this is well worth its price. Perhaps that's me, but I can't seem to find many 91-point malts below 170 € these days. So yeah, give me this over a comparably-priced modern sherry number any day of the week.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Yes, it's fresh and "summery", with a basketful of orchard fruits and plenty of acidity. But at the same time it actually noses older than its stated age, with some lovely dusty and resiny notes from the barrel. Were I having this blind, I would probably locate it somewhere in the 26-29 y.o. age bracket. I guess that's what you get when you're working with a very good barrel VS a so-so Hogshead...
      Freshly squeezed orange juice, honey, pine, beeswax, pollen, florals (basically a whole summer meadow), buttery croissants, barley sugars, cake dough. Pretty big body. Loves water.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Yeah, no complaints here. Flavors: see above, plus some guava, pineapple, and caramel-filled milk chocolate. Plenty of power (and room to play with water). More on the sour / spicy than the sweet / creamy end of the spectrum, but that's no knock on the quality. A lovely late burst of fruits as it goes down. Perfect without water, also perfect with water, what more do you want?
    • Finish
      91 91
      Peaches, mangoes, plenty of barley sugars, a bit of pep from the oak. Very softly drying and very long. Though the palate was noticeably citrus-based, there's nothing tart or acidic about the way this goes out, which is all the more impressive. Not one for wood fetishists though, if you know what I'm saying.

  12. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fine summer dram, where you can not taste the stately age.
    • Nose
      89 89
      light fruit salad, light sweetness and acidity, honey vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      Again light fruit salad, a little vanilla, oak flavor
    • Finish
      87 87
      In short, vanilla, oak

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