Overall rating
89.48/100
votes
174
Whiskybase ID
WB159315
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Private Bottling
Vintage
10.1993
Bottled
04.2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
36
Number of bottles
349
Strength
51.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Market
de Germany
Added on
30 may 2020 3:40 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 277.00

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Whisky reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1993 Ma

44 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.48 points.

  1. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    From the beginning, it emphasizes the fact that it is a farclas with his unique woody scent, often with the feeling of American oak, with a moderately dark body and woody, subtle berry and grape feel, it will get better with more airing

  2. pyrotukker scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  3. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Gous scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Monstruo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Pie3k scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      pleasantly spicy and fruity, baking spices, idea vinous, sweetish, hint of honey, a little herbaceous, trace waxy. Now also oranges, a little fruity sherry, a hint of eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy and fruity. Slightly sweetish, nice creamy mouthfeel, sherry, oranges, spices / baking spices, fine dry wood / oak notes, hint of barrel, dark chocolate, slightly drying out, a little bit scented, sweetish-tart towards the finish.
    • Finish
      89 89
      initially with a little oranges, then delicately tart with a little dark chocolate, spices, wood / oak notes, idea of roasted nuts, ending with a hint of malty.

  8. _Glenseileach_ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Plum, dried fig, sultanas, dried apple, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, slightly sourish, nutty and leathery.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A full creamy mouthfeel, shoepolish, leather, whipped cream, dried fruits, plum, sultanas, sweet honey, milk chocolate, fudge, quite hot and peppery, some cinnamon and ginger nutmeg.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long: a thick dried fruit and sherry sweetness coating the throat, toffee, pepper and drying bitter coffee and wood notes.

  10. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lemon, grapefruit, caramel, nutty, oak, chocolate, leather, tobacco. Well balanced, nice texture, warming, caramel sweetness, good body, medium to pronounced intensity.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Very good for a modern sherried whisky - pretty drinkable and enjoyable with good complexity
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nuts and raisins, toffee, some other dried fruits, dates, figs, hints of tobacco, chocolate, acacia honey, whiffs of sherry wood - pretty good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, sherry wood, nutty, milk chocolate, toffee, tobacco, some brown sugar - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, more punchy, more toffee and chocolate

  12. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Furosin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      full fruity nose, sherry, dark fruits, berries, honey, caramel, wood, raisins, plums, oranges, chocolate
    • Taste
      88 88
      oily-creamy, sweet, spicy, strong start, sherry, oranges, wood, raisins, chocolate, pepper, peach, dark berries.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, orange, chocolate, delicate bitterness.

  14. g2ther scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Gentle sherry. Dark dried fruits. Black grapes. Nuts. Hard butter. Quite leathery.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft sherry flavors, with hints of leather, tobacco, and prosciutto. Polished oak. Cinnamon and black pepper. Quite straightforward, but also quite delicious.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A well-chosen cask. I have no idea what the distillery is, and frankly, I am tired of these stupid "secret" stuff. The oak is more noticeable at the end.

  19. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. wataya scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. IronChic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  22. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Even after the second tasting six months later, I confirm my rating. With water the nose loses its taste, but it doesn't really gain in taste.

    Typical old piglet. Light and sweet refill sherry character on the nose, neither really old school nor too modern. At the back there is a lot of flavor with coffee and dark chocolate. ME despite the 51.1% is no better than any of the tasted personalities bottlings. On the contrary, some were significantly better.

    Reminds me more of a 25yo OA with a higher alcohol strength.

    Considering today's price structure, not bad for the issue price.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Barbone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    To me personally too sweet and sticky, with a very dominant white oak influence, but if you are looking for a modern and intense sherry whisky with age and a lot of spice, you will surely find it here.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Undiluted, a bit shy and closed at first. With longer standing then red fruits, rich sweetness and American oak. Nice and syrupy, you expect a full body. I don't find the sherry influence particularly special, more typical of the mid-nineties-standard, you know. Becomes increasingly spicy, it is already in the direction of liquorice and Maggi in places. Undiluted it also has a certain sharpness in its nose - whether from the wood or the fire, I can't say at this point. Typical strong sherry malt with lots of sweetness and spice. All in all, he seems younger than twenty-six to me. Undiluted 87 points.
      With water, additional herbal and forest aromas come through, which still heave the whole thing over the 88P.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Texture exactly as I expected: thick, syrupy sweet and sticky, with a lot of sherry and an almost bourbon-like sweetness that I get from America. Would want to attribute dissolved compounds, oils etc. to oak. It's a bit too dense and concentrated for me in the undiluted state, the aromas don't really come through.
      With water, the start is fruity, the sweetness recedes a bit and becomes more pleasant: now more forest honey than corn starch and sugar beet syrup. Now more acid comes into play, which is good for the cause. 86 points without and 87 with water. He definitely does not tear the 88, there are other similar bottlings that I find more balanced and stronger in character.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Neatly spicy / peppery / hot ginger, still very sweet and sticky, occupies the entire mouth and feels like each individual tooth is coated with glucose syrup. The US oak with the bourbon association (marzipan, caramelized popcorn, etc.) is once again very dominant; to be honest, I can't get that much out of such a venerable malt.

  25. domani scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another great whisky from Mancarella. Over a period of several months I have experimented with water, among other things, and analyzed almost every dram, but I find the original alcohol content almost ideal for me. The aromas come into their own best. The vote just fits. Dino Mancarella manages to deliver the whisky that I'm secretly looking for, far removed from any marketing machinery and mainstream - at least that's how I feel - October 31, 2020
    • Nose
      91 91
      Spicy and sparkling nose, roasted chestnuts, ripe cherries, peaches, nectarines soaked in red wine, raisins, dark purple grapes, salty caramel, chocolate, strawberry or raspberry jam, all in all a very fruity and lightly sugared bouquet that is rounded off by creamy chocolate
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very dry and spicy, the same fruits as on the palate, only a tad more ripe, even creamier if you chew more, caramel, toffee, undissolved brown sugar at the bottom of the espresso cup, creamy, if not to say sticky texture, tobacco, leather, grape-nut chocolate , Raisins, slightly musty and dusty
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lang

  26. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. ThorstenH scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very complex, balanced and mature dram.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very subtle first nose, fine sherry aromas and milk chocolate, then a massive wave of marzipan, slightly flowery, very balanced oak
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and strong at the same time, dark fruits with a perfect harmony of sweetness and oak spice, nice heat at the back with a slight dryness
    • Finish
      88 88
      The warmth and dryness remain for a short time, then raisins and oak spice take over, the oak remains creamy on the palate for a long time

  31. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 23, balance 22

  32. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Immerenga scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Incredible notes of marzipan on the nose. Slight alcohol bite which is not too uncomfortable. Marzipan dominates everything else here for me

    The marzipan note remains in my mouth. Not so dominant anymore. The alcohol is well integrated and the whisky has an effect. A sign of age. However, I lack the other depth a bit. I think it looks almost straightforward. I'm missing the rough edges here

    The finish is definitely of medium length. Absolutely cute and round. Very easy to drink.

  34. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's good that I didn't get a whole bottle of this. I find it to be (alcoholically) hot in terms of taste.
    More detailed notes follow, but it doesn't have 90 pts. Not even 89.

    Edit: With a lot of time and air in the sample bottle, this malt has completed another 180 ° turn. now I find it almost a shame not to be able to get to know paint any longer
    • Nose
      89 89
      mild, spicy, oak
      but also very fruity-sweet, almost fruity gum notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      you can tell the age here
      very mature and harmonious
      in many layers it goes through spicy oak notes and sherry aromas.
      rum raisins, plum
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length and stimulates saliva
      fruit and spice flash up again alternately

  35. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Had tried this in direct comparison with the Fassstark forum filling. This seems a bit darker to me - more on the side of the blackberries - with nuts a good start and a little white pepper in the finish. Top malt!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      ripe nectarines, grated orange peel, caramel, red groats, cinnamon buns
    • Taste
      creamy, oranges, sweet and sour fruit chutney, chocolate raisins, cinnamon, some leather, tobacco and a wet leaf.
    • Finish
      Claws all over the mouth. Sweet dried fruit, chocolate raisins, light mint / lime, espresso, cigar box and very long.

  38. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. Toto0808 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very nice balanced whisky.
    Fruity on the nose, makes you want more.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2020] This seems to be a sister cask of the fine "fassstark.de" Glenfarclas edition (WB id 152829) but is it as good as well? To check this I do a head-to-head tasting of this DeinWhisky.de edition (DW) versus the fassstark.de edition (FS)...

    ...and of course, they are siblings! Both are high-quality modern sherried Glenfarclas drams with the DW being more rough and interesting to explore while the FS is more charming and smooth to enjoy. I like them both for their respective profiles which are quite similar, nonetheless. Excellent drinking stuff for all lovers of balanced, complex and flawless modern sherried drams, offered at a reasonable price. These bottlings are at eye-level with the best Family Cask editions, no doubt (and not a single trace of sulphur in either of them).

    [September, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old score. Great stuff to quaff!
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of the DW is quite dark at chestnutoloroso sherry which is comparable to the FS that is a nuance darker at russetmuscat. Same with the noses: They are almost identical right after serving but upon breathing some differences develop over time. The DW is a little more punchy due to the slightly higher abv and offers more leathery and earthy impressions while the FS plays more on nutty and floral aromas. But the key fruity, winey and malty notes are all about the same with not a single off-note or imbalance in either dram. I like the FS a little better than the DW but this really depends on your personal preferences - in terms of overall quality and enjoyment they are both at eye-level.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste of the DW is nicely layered on all three sherry, malty and wooden flavours in fine balance. Not a single flaw again but dozens of different impressions to explore if you chew it long enough. Same with the FS whose taste is a little smoother but the flavours are more interwoven than those of the DW, hence they are harder to identify in the FS. Both drams are great on this dimension - the DW a little rougher and more interesting and the FS a little more charming. Hard to decide which one is better, actually I like both the same way and declare a draw. Water turns the DW smoother and more charming, actually I like it both neat and somewhat reduced, No water is needed on the FS.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The DW arrives a little hot on the palate which turns quickly into a very satisfying warming and coating feeling with minor bitter moments of the wood that fit nicely into the overall profile. The FS is not hot at all (due to the lower abv) but its coating effect is lesser, too. Correspondingly, the finish of the FS is somewhat shorter (still medium to long) than that of the DW which plays on its strength of a richer texture here and offers a pretty long finishing impression with delicious chocolatey and even more fruity notes. This round takes the DW, no doubt.

  41. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Strong, but already worthy and set. No wild cola sherry finish. Spicy sherry profile, fine oak notes in the background.
    Also in the mouth on the spicy side, but with enough fruity and sweet elements as the opposite pole. You can tell the age of the malt, but it initially appears almost creamy and oily.
    Warm finish, quite long, sweet, towards the end the age with tannins on the tongue is noticeable, espresso, no annoying bitter notes.

  43. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What a wonderful dream material! Sweet and fruity on the nose, still sweet and fruity in taste, but with tart and musty nuances, the aftertaste is characterized by a wonderfully soft and delicate tobacco leather note. With almost 51% alcohol content, this is the perfect drinking strength for me, mild in taste, but still with volume and a lot of "punch" on the palate. Another very successful bottling of Mancarella, this time bottled exclusively for deinwhisky.de. It tastes and I like it very much, great drink!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Reddish amber shimmers in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter thick and oily "legs" pull back into the glass. Hints of sweet cherries and sweet raisins rise, velvety vineyard peaches mix with juicy oranges and zests of dried orange peel, hard toffee and creamy caramel combine with the sweet fruit note to create a wonderfully harmonious nose. The creamy and sweet caramel gains noticeably more intensity and dominance, dried grapes and berries play with apricots and a hint of milk chocolate, associations of "real value" and creamy sweet candy appear, caramelized sugar and a minimal pinch of cinnamon follow, canned tangerines and pickled peaches rain the saliva. A steamed sweetness beguiles the nose, sweet and dried fruits end up again in toffee, caramel and milk chocolate. A hint of ripe strawberries and old raspberries is whitewashed by subtly musty wood tones and minimal hints of sulfur.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows creamy and mild on the tongue, dried grapes and berries combine with the zest and zests of old orange peel, caramelized sugar dissolves from spicy and minimally bitter wooden elements, cocoa and milk chocolate stimulate the saliva while subtle sharpness tickles the tongue pleasantly . A hint of crushed black pepper, strawberries and peaches, raisins fall into toffee and caramel, minimally muff and mildew rise. The peppery and wooden pungency slowly intensifies on the tongue, the pleasant sharpness crawls warmly over the cheeks into the palate, and warm and plump raisins and chocolate pull through the palate. Orange juice drips on dried orange peel, a hint of grapefruit refreshes with old mint and hints of eucalyptus on the throat while steamed fruit flavors, chocolate and cocoa stick to the tongue. Another sip gently pours over the tongue ... oranges and tangerines, apricots and peaches, raisins and sugar, caramel and toffee, chocolate is followed by dusty cocoa powder and a pinch of cinnamon. Minimally musty and moldy wood tones stick in the background, eucalyptus and fresh mint move into the foreground, a hint of old tobacco and leather appears.
    • Finish
      Caramelized sugar sticks to the palate with raisins and creamy leather, dried orange peel and the abrasion of sour grapefruit, whole milk chocolate and caramel end in leather and dried tobacco leaves, mint refreshes the palate ... The wonderful flavors linger and leave behind leather, tobacco, dried fruit and cocoa powder on the palate.

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