Overall rating
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
The Clans Label
Stated Age
36 years old
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
06 Jun 2020 6:20 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 319.90

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29 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Malt 1983 Sb

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.04 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2020] Another mystery edition for DeinWhisky.de, this time from Sansibar. The Glenmo' bottled by Dino was excellent (WB id 160425) so did the Sansibar a good job when selecting the cask, too?

    Of course, they did! I like these mystery bottlings for (given today's price level for 30+years drams) reasonable bucks - if they are such good. This (most probably) Clynelish shows the best what this excellent distillery can offer at such an age: a complex, balanced and delicate dram without any flaw or off-note. This is comparable to some Brora releases from that vintage (the year Brora was closed), so image the price a 36-years old Brora would fetch these days...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a delicate, complex and harmoniouos profile (out of a big spheric blender's glass). There are so many different impressions that it is hard to name them all - from ripe fruits, honeys, spices, salt, waxes, oils all the way to herbal and autumn floral aromas, shy peaty and firm wooden notes. All is nicely balanced without any off-note - a dram to explore for hours. After significant breathing time the spices grow stronger and additional mineral-chalky notes are released which are very interesting.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is layered and offers much more (hot) spices than the nose which are delicious (white peppers, chili, ginger and the like). They counter nicely the sweet fruits and honeys and pep up the waxes and oils. The wood is firm but never dominating, again I cannot find no flaw nor imbalance. After some chewing the sugars combine to milk chocolatey impressions and the old-style flavours (waxes, oils) grow stronger.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more waxy and chocolatey flavours which I like. Again no distracting moments here but the finish turns a little more bitter (herbs, teas) towards the end. Water is not needed, this dram is perfect at cask strength.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What a dreamlike fabric! Multi-layered, complex, old and solid, voluminous and multifaceted, sweet and fruity, tart and rich, elegant and yet with an incredible aroma load, a true old-school whisky! No matter which distillery is hidden behind this Secret Highland Malt, this old malt is pure joy and enjoyment!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Light amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter extremely oily and thick "legs" pull their endless tracks back into the glass. Dark yellow fruits fall into viscous honey, minimal roasted aromas end in wax and honeycombs, hints of hazelnuts and dried meadow herbs seduce the nose. A hint of toffee and caramel, followed by a few crumbs of milk chocolate and raisins, creamy dried grapes and berries run through the nose, gradually the flow of saliva begins. Scrapped vanilla pods, a tiny pinch of cocoa powder and cinnamon stick follow, the texture of the nose is impressive. A hint of old mint is released from forest honey, at the moment dried fruit and herbs with creamy caramel dominate, hints of green apple and grapefruit are added.
    • Taste
      Creamy dried grapes and berries flow over the tongue, herbs and citrus fruits flash, forest honey and wax end pleasantly hot on the tongue with spicy wood tones. A mixture of caramel, cocoa, raisins and tart wood tones warms the palate voluminously, cocoa powder and hazelnuts stick to the inside of the cheeks, the tart aroma increases and stimulates the saliva. Creamy and again with an impressive texture, the next sip flows over the tongue, wooden sharpness massages the cheeks, abrasion of grapefruit sticks to the tongue, herbs refresh the palate with a subtle hint of menthol, again a waxed mouthfeel with creamy forest honey. Raisins and old apricots, hazelnuts and cocoa powder. Just wonderful ...
    • Finish
      Honey and dark yellow fruits warm through the throat, cocoa powder and nuts, spicy and old wooden elements, the wonderfully harmonious aromas linger on the tongue for what feels like eternity. The creamy mouthfeel is also reflected in the aftertaste with this incredible texture, I hope the flavors never fade away. Suddenly my saliva is stimulated, nut chocolate and caramel, honey and fresh meadow herbs end in peeled almonds ...

  3. Martin_NL scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Just tasted from a little sample. What a wonderful dram, beautiful old clynelish style.

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  5. moving_coil scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Add one drop of water and a small dash of 30+ year old Caol Ila (A high quality SV or CA single cask) then you will find yourself in a very special place much higher than 92 ;)

  6. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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


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