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Overall rating
89.92/100
votes
111
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
Added on
30 May 2020 3:40 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 279.00

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1993 Ma

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.92 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Toto0808 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  5. 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

  6. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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

  10. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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