Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
26 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
de Germany
Added on
24 Mar 2020 10:40 am by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.00

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1993 Ma

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.06 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2020] Another secret dram...

    ...from a secret distillery that everybody knows who loves complex and balanced sherried malts. It reminds me of some of the finest Family Casks editons (not joking) and given its drinking quality it is sold for a reasonable price. Great stuff, there are even some old-stylish impressions with this dram which I like very much.

    PS: I like the nick-name given to me at a fassstark-forum "der berüchtigte Ferkel-Verteurer". But to be honest, my aim is the exact opposite: To get the whisky prices back to a reasonable level where quality, drinking pleasure and price points are in some kind of equilibrium.

    [September, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old score and review. This is an excellent modern whisky which is neither drowned in the sherry nor killed by the wood. Hence it is... delicious and dangerously quaffable. By the way, I emptied the bottle tonight and I enjoyed it very much.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers an impressive oloroso sherry profile with truckloads of different nuts and an adorable OBF note (furniture polish) which I really like. All the usual suspects are in this aromas mix as weii, like oranges, plums, raisins, cinnamon and many more. A fine modern sherry nose, no doubt. The malt aromas hide a little shy in the background but after some breathing they dare to show up with honeys, summer floral impressions and both beeswax and candlewax. Given this profile I guess this is a Glenfarclas (actually, I am pretty sure).
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on sour winey, sweet malty and bitter wooden flavours in an (unholy) trinity. These different impressions fit perfectly together and form a quite impressive tasting profile. No flaw or off-note that I can find but a lot of delicious flavours charm my taste buds. In addition to the ones of the nose I find some interesting coffee beans (dark roast), hot spices (ginger, chili, peppers) and a dark chocolate note. Very quaffable, indeed.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with some minor bitter-astringent moments (tannins) but they fit nicely to the sweet winey and malty flavours. The finish is medium to long and adds even more of the delicious nuts and waxes, I like this combo in a sherry setting. The OBF furniture polish of the nose comes back towards the end and an old leathery impression joins in. Excellent. Water releases more malt-driven aromas in the nose (e.g. mineral-chalky ones) and turns the taste smoother but flatter too. I like the neat dram best.

  2. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    My first impression...

    Nose: A little closed at first, but with time and hand warmth the nose opens. Indeed, this is not a sherry bomb. First I think of dark chocolate, of these "refreshment sticks" with a liquid orange filling, also cane sugar, some wax, definitely also tobacco, a hint of leather also resonates - but everything with finesse. Over time, the fruit aromas become stronger and push to the fore. The orange drifts towards grapefruit and a little plum and nut are added. I also think of sourdough bread. There's a lot to discover. Herbs are added to the nose in an empty glass. Most likely lovage and some spearmint.

    Flavor: wow. On the tongue immensely full and oily, powerful and a little darker than the nose would expect. The alcohol tingles pleasantly and a wonderful sweetness spreads in the mouth. Not sticky, but just so sweet that you want to take the next sip right away. Here again plum, orange, grapefruit and now something mega funny: Lavender butter - but delicious! The second sip confirms the first impression, this sweetness is very elegant, now with a bit of tart chocolate in the mouth, roasted hazelnut and leather.

    Finish: medium and wonderfully warm. Unfortunately, there is not much aroma in the finish. Some cane sugar, nutmeg, grapefruit and a pleasant "dustiness".

    Conclusion: The nose and palate are constantly in motion and want to be explored. The malt rewards you if you take your time. If I had to type I would say I had a Benrinnes in the glass. But I really care. Tastes great, is fun to discover and for me a great addition to the previous forum fillings.

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It was supposed to be a BBL tasting, before lunch (and without breakfast), but after the first round lunch was announced. Interesting how the notes have changed again through the elapsed time. I don't want to rule out a small influence of lunch either ;-) But there was nothing particularly spicy or sweet.
    The whisky itself is great and a lot of fun, especially if you take your time.
    I also see noticeable parallels to piglets that have already been tried :-)

    I'm looking forward to the next relaxed dram in the evening in front of the TV ....
    • Nose
      A very creamy, almost waxy nose, very set, spicy, a pinch of pepper, with a clear but not excessive sherry influence, the oak is clearly noticeable, with some furniture polish, baked cocoa, slightly iodine, it becomes fruity in the glass over time, the Fruit brings with it a slight acidity and therefore goes a bit towards orange, in the background also a very clear almond note, which also goes towards marzipan, without becoming too sweet.
      Had to take a short lunch break, so some time to continue breathing:
      now it is more voluminous, fruity, a little heavier, more sherry, less oak, now also a little chocolate, a little lovage, really a nice distinct chocolate note, the nose is a lot of fun
      Refilled now and it is much fresher again, with citrus notes, the sherry will need a little more until it has regained dominance, very exciting and not bad in both phases
    • Taste
      creamy, starts quite dry and with a cool mouthfeel, neat oak on the start, very creamy, sherry, raisins, wood, a pinch of salt, also orange here, then the nuts come through, a little bittersweet, very pleasant mouthfeel, slight tingling on the palate
      also here after the break:
      now sweeter at the start, wow, now a lot of sherry directly, here also more chocolate, bittersweet, raisins, a little nut, here of course also dry oak and spice, but the relationship has shifted somewhat
    • Finish
      here now quite waxy, dry, slightly acidic sweetness on the palate, nut, some oak and a dry aftertaste of sherry, a little chewed fruit bowl

  4. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Already the fourth barrel strong bottling, and like its predecessors, something very special.
    'Secret Distillery' or not, that's how you imagine an advanced-age Speysider from a sherry barrel. Dignified, calm, balanced.
    • Nose
      Greets the nose with a full, thick, saturated aroma of oranges and almonds. Looks waxy. Honeycomb, summer honey. A floral note with a little clove scent. Over time, mild seasoning with cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and a pinch of pepper. However, the oranges dominate everything, which now gives the impression of Jaffa biscuits with the addition of milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Creamy and waxy appearance, high viscosity. On the tongue, the sherry barrel ripening becomes clearer than in the nose: grape must, raisins, dried figs. Sweet blackberries, black currants. A natural sweetness, does not appear artificial or artificial. Less dry than expected, just a small portion of oak chips that get lost on the tongue. Café au lait, marzipan, almonds, hazelnuts, toffee - and unsweetened orange jam with pieces. Spices attract over time: pepper, tarragon, marjoram, chervil. Looks good on him.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish, the best from the nose and tongue, compressed and focused as if through a magnifying glass. Does not become much drier in the finish, retains long orange aromas, almonds and chocolate, and provides a nice counterpoint with a balanced blend of spices.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and voluminous, mild and incredibly creamy, old and solid, yet with a refreshing character. The aftertaste is just beginning a round of honor and again impressively brings the creamy hazelnuts into play. A really successful and harmonious Speysider, a worthy successor to last year's Viking and at the same time the bar for the next full-bodied forum filling is set extremely high. Long story short: A really great and tasty bottling. Well done dear Fassstark team and thanks Dino!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Caramel and strong amber shine with an orange shimmer in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a large number of long and oily "legs" pull back their tracks in glass. Dark and dried fruits rise up clumsily, creamy vineyard peach plays with caramelized sugar while wet leather mixes with a few crumbs of sweet dried tobacco leaves. Alcohol shows its powerful side, but is wonderfully harmoniously integrated. Cocoa powder trickles on hard caramel and old toffee, zests of old oranges fall into orange juice, meadow herbs and a hint of fresh mint come into their own. There are hints of sulphurized raisins and ground hazelnuts, slightly grassy and floral elements end in subtle citrus aromas, tart grapefruit and the zest of lemon peel come to light, delicately spicy wood tones are combined with nuances of milk chocolate and forest honey. Cocoa powder and a few drops of orange juice stimulate the flow of saliva with hints of tart citrus fruits ...
    • Taste
      The first sip of orange peel and sweet cocoa briefly flashes, then spicy oak covers the tongue with dried grapes and berries, grapefruit zests mix with meadow herbs and old mint. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and "grippy" with a wonderful texture. The second sip flows tartly through the palate, spicy wood tones mix with oranges and grapefruit, subtle sharpness massages the tongue, a pinch of black pepper sticks to the cheeks and between the lips, the salivation is stimulated again. Cocoa, caramel, espresso beans, hazelnuts and chopped almonds float creamily in the mouth while meadow herbs and a hint of mint lie discreetly in the background. Hints of creamy milk chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, currants and blackberries, vineyard peach and sweet tobacco end with creamy hazelnuts and almond slivers on the palate. Hints of cedar wood and dry leather stick to the palate and gradually announce the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Creamy hazelnuts swim in the stimulated saliva, tobacco and cedar wood stick to the palate with a minimal smoke note while dried meadow herbs and old mint refresh the palate. Creamy hazelnuts combine with hints of leather and tobacco, cedarwood is added, the mouthfeel is again incredibly creamy and greasy. Nuances of lovage, followed by a creamy nut mixture which now settles on the palate and lingers there for what feels like an eternity. Gradually the wonderful aromas fade away, another sip follows and conjures up a satisfied grin on my face ...

  6. rampah scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    unexpectedly twice in the glass - given him plenty of time afterwards sample canceled

    For me, irrelevant and boring without any tension, plus a certain mustiness on the palate. I do not like the taste.
    The Clynelish for SSS is one or two points up for me, this one is just not my thing.

    Thanks to Uwe, Rampah and Ole for the nice evening
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Bam scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A dream of a sherry whisky. Set, complex and multi-layered, but at the same time fruity, fresh and sweet.
    • Nose
      The nose begins intensely fruity, from peach to blood orange to raisins. Then a strong toffee note emerges, accompanied by milk chocolate and a little vanilla, or rather vanilla Virginia tobacco. In the background I find some furniture polish and a slight note of nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Strong start, creamy mouthfeel. At the beginning again very fruity and sweet, especially orange notes, but also the raisins are back. The sweetness then slowly decreases and cocoa notes and spices take over. Milk chocolate, lightly burnt caramel, roasted hazelnuts, and again the thought of sweet pipe tobacco.
    • Finish
      Longer finish. Lots of orange, as well as caramel and milk chocolate. Some pepper.

  9. megabreit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Neat sherry, warm damp oak, beeswax and ripe oranges
    • Taste
      92 92
      Cool mouthfeel, sherry, fruity sweetness, hints of espresso, borrowed malt notes and again the beeswax
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and warm, all components very harmonious.
      A small deduction that the alcohol flashes here for a short stab.

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An overall very satisfactory whisky, which is of a good complexity. No more and no less.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Acidic, oak, roasted aromas, later raisins, vanilla, dust, spices, peach
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, raisins, pepper, spices, malt. Alcohol included acceptable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long finish with subtle oak, spices, pepper. Leaving a creamy mouthfeel.


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