Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 359.65

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Malt 1983 Sb

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.66 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...

    [September, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and still I like it very much. This is malt whisky at its best, full of complexity and surprising impressions both in the nose and on the palate without flaws or off-notes. Very, very interesting to explore and not easy, but extremely enjoyable to drink.
    • 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 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  4. Julia E S scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    I've had the bottle open for a while now and I have to say that the whisky is getting better every time.

    Great exotic fruits with a slight tendency towards citrus fruits, pineapple meets oranges and pink grapefruit meet a beautiful oak, with great vanilla tones, hazelnuts and pecan nuts, the combination of nuts and sweetness gives me the association of Turkish honey.

    In between, however, there is still plenty of space for nuances. Earthy mineral and floral aromas come to mind. Clay, elder, mint with great mint freshness, herbs and subtle coastal aromas of lime, seaweed and salt.

    Over time, a funk develops that reminds me a little of Kilkerran. Extremely awesome how long the flavors stay on the palate.

    Alcohol is perfectly integrated, you don't feel the 51.2%. Great complexity, great cinema!

  5. Gris scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Notes from whiskynotes.be:

    Nose: really great beeswax, with a slight chalky note, sunflower oil and stewed fruits. Mirabelles, pears and hints of almonds, as well as dried yellow flowers. Just a light sharpness of mustard seeds and metal polish, making this rather old-school. Leafy / mossy touches as well. A great nose that will keep you busy for a long time.

    Mouth: really oily, even slightly industrial (in a good way). Old metals, resinous notes, mint leaves and dried herbs. Very subtle sooty notes too. Still some mirabelles and orange peels in the background, with light honey and sweetened fruit tea. After a while there’s a bit of peppery oak, mixing with cocoa before it gets back to resin and wax.

    Finish: quite long, with lingering fruits, honey and herbs.


    @Islaysmoke: stop drinking something else than islay whisky if you don't like anything else if it's just to give it stupid notes whithout explanation...

  6. Double Barrel did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    I just love moving-coil's comment!
    p.s : being lucky enough to blend both malts ;-)

  7. domani scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really a great whisky as expected, very complex and multifaceted with distinctive and above all versatile flavors - 08/22/2020
    • Nose
      90 90
      Juicy, ripe fruits, especially cherries, come to the fore, mirabelle plums that are getting sweeter and turn into mirabelle jam, honey on pancakes, light roasted aromas, caramel, spice mixture, with time it becomes flowery, waxy, tree resin, maple syrup
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full-bodied and sweet aroma, very powerful and malty, stomach bread, caramalt, liquid, sticky cocoa cream that turns into dryness and covers the palate, dried herbs, great interplay which ends in nut chocolate with light roasted aromas
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    If my tasting partner hadn't confirmed everything, I would have thought my nose is closed today, all 3 Clynelish with good age rather weak in the nose, but great in the rest. Rarely brilliant oak in this one and I'm not even that oak fan.
    • Nose
      Not too deep either, but interesting, strange notes, such as moist coffee beans, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, vanilla, marzipan, pistachio, tick gentian, touch of oak, lightly roasted
    • Taste
      Wow, great, old cask, really round, but full oak with completely natural vanilla, no toffee but really fresh Madagascar vanilla, coconut, macadamia nuts, almonds, marzipan, tick pear, ginger, a hint of anise, banana chips, soft, moist tobacco and White tea
    • Finish
      Oak, tobacco, nuts, ginger, anise, long and elegant

  9. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky 87-90...You definitely shouldn't drink the first dram. It is necessary to warm up the receptors with something good in advance.
    The nose is initially closed and harsh with shades of varnish, but after 10 minutes the old Refill Cask barrel opens (as it seems to me), a lot of wax of autumn leaves and oak. Over time, the aroma becomes simpler.
    The taste is rich and complex, but without masterpiece. Excellent finish with wax and old oak. In general, the balance is good but not ideal for this age.
    I guess this secret is Glenfarclas or Glenturret...
    Nose - 22.5
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22.5
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89-90
    P.S. - Sober attempt #2 says more in favor of 89

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 87
    P.S. - Sober attempt #3 says more in favor of 87

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Could well be Clynelish... The salt in the finish and the overall waxiness at least point in that direction.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Waxy, floral, dusty, creamy, sweet, savory, mineralic, with milk chocolate, marzipan, some soft fruits (I get mainly lychee and sweet pear on the nose) and all the hallmarks of old age. Super complex and deep without any drawbacks. With time, the wood becomes a bit stronger, but it's perfectly within limits for the age.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet-and-sour to start, with the age immediately apparent, then the exotic fruit basket is brought in. Bam: lime zests, pineapple, banana, melon, guava, lychee... Turns more tart and mineralic toward the end, however - it's a pity those fruits don't stick around for longer.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Leaves an oily, greasy afterfeel. Some salt and cold ash. Very herbal and softly bitter, but without becoming overly woody or astringent. All good and well, but it's something of a letdown after the flawless nose and the glorious fruits on the palate.


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