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Overall rating
90.64/100
votes
135
Whiskybase ID
WB159848
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
The Clans Label
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
36 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Number of bottles
239
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4260653060219
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Added on
06 jun 2020 6:20 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 749.00

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135 × member ratings

184 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Malt 1983 Sb

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.64 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 Senior

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

    Great exotic fruits with a slight hint of citrus, pineapple meets orange and pink grapefruit meets a beautiful oak, with great vanilla tones, hazelnuts and pecans, the combination of nuts and sweetness give me the association of Turkish honey.

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

    Over time, a funk develops that reminds me a bit of Kilkerran. Extremely awesome how long the flavors linger 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.

    92/100

    @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. whiskydramo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Strong beeswax and resinous. New made furniture wood. Pear peel, then a bit more crispy pear flesh. Some sweet hay. Lightly sweet apples, then oxidised. Vanilla powder, caramel. I like the change. 
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pear juice, a bit more honey and toffee. Some red apple peel then flesh. Hay. Tiny bit of woody smokiness. Slightly earthy. Not waxy on palate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Stewed pear. Hay with a splash of honey. Sweet grass, beetroot, turnips. A bit rambutan too.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ;)

    Update: October 2020 - Almost at the end of the bottle, definitely my whisky of the year. Really amused how auction prices for this aren’t much higher than the rrp

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Great pick by Sansibar. Should've paid attention to this when it was released, but alas, you can't catch 'em all.
    • Nose
      It opens up on plenty of beeswax notes, a touch of elderflower, honey-glazed almonds and corroded metal, but also ripe fruits such as pineapple, apricots and lychee. Finally some mineral touches and burlap as well. This'll keep me entertained for a while.
    • Taste
      Truly oily, a thick mouthfeel. There's a pinch of white pepper quickly followed by an assortment of fruits like lychee, grapefruit, lemon pith and mango. We're off to a great start. It then moves on to oak spices, crushed mint leaves, earthy touches and maybe even a sliver of smoke. Very impressive.
    • Finish
      It continues along the same path. The fruits are in the rear-view mirror and we're in this earthy, minty and spicy territory. Long.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Should've paid attention to this when it was released, but alas, you can't catch 'em all.
    • Nose
      It opens up on plenty of beeswax notes, a touch of elderflower, honey-glazed almonds and corroded metal, but also ripe fruits such as pineapple, apricots and lychee. Finally some mineral touches and burlap as well. This'll keep me entertained for a while.
    • Taste
      Truly oily, a thick mouthfeel. There's a pinch of white pepper quickly followed by an assortment of fruits like lychee, grapefruit, lemon pith and mango. We're off to a great start. It then moves on to oak spices, crushed mint leaves, earthy touches and maybe even a sliver of smoke. Very impressive.
    • Finish
      It continues along the same path. The fruits are in the rear-view mirror and we're in this earthy, minty and spicy territory. Long.

  11. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is said to be a Clynelish. Because I only know the 14, I can't judge that reliably myself, but the source is professional, so I believe it. :-)

    A difficult to fathom malt that I couldn't get everything out of because I lack the experience and it's a 2cl sample. I think with more experience you will find more here.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Blue blinder glass

      91.5
      The start is compact and thick. First I have light malt notes with honey and butter. After 10 minutes it is still too compact and dense, so put it aside again.

      Now comes a meadow that is neither damp nor bone dry, light hay note with salt and ginger. Oh, it goes without saying that the alcohol, at over 51 percent, is not at all disturbing.
      The dry grass slowly turns into bright and dried roof battens. Behind it is a fruity note of dried fruit salad such as apricots and plums, but without being exotic. Some freshly scraped vanilla tones from the pod.

      Water only rounds it out and blends the individual notes that were nicely structured and separated without water.
    • Taste
      90 90
      90.5
      Much more oak, light again, no thick sweetness, rather light dried fruit and a lot of nice age.

      Water makes it sweeter here and only later allows it to turn into a dry, slightly tart and spicy part.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, mature, unobtrusive and dignified.

  12. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very salty and more austere whisky than other Secret Highlands from the 80s.
    The recipe works, with a very nice balance.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is quite austere, with above all a nice sea spray and a good salty undertone.
      We have lemon, a little oyster, Asian grapefruit.
      Green apple and its acidity.
      A slight minerality, with a nice herbaceous freshness.
      There are also some slight perspiration odors.
    • Taste
      92 92
      On the palate, it is oily and still very salty.
      We have a light and fresh herbaceous peat. Mint, eucalyptus.
      Lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit.
      Oyster, chalk, minerality.
      Wood chips and light smoke.
      Pepper, acacia honey.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and peppery finish.
      We still have that salt.
      Lots of green apples, with citrus.

  13. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    In the nose with herbal candies, honey, vanilla, mint,
    Then oily waxy in the mouth, carried by fine oak, ground aspirin, mirabelle plums, honey, grapes with a long finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. 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 ;-)

  15. 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
      Lang

  16. LiquidThoughts 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

  17. 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

  18. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  19. KCLO scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  20. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wax, mineral, honey with pepper. Yellow fruits, hay, nut paste. Flower pollen, salt. Very tasty and well balanced. 23-23-23-23

  21. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful tasteful nose, wonderfully harmonious and complex interwoven. Ripe honeydew melon, beeswax gummy bears, tangerine juice, oak dust. Strong on entry, very spicy, a wonderfully sweet pepperiness, reminiscent of my visit to a Kampot pepper plantation a few years ago. Enveloping waxy creaminess. Burnt creme brulee hood. In the finish this beautiful sweet pepperiness continues. Become a bit bitter and slightly mentholated. All in all, I really like this drop. Here and there the fruitiness is missing in the mouth as a counterpart to the already very dominant and peppery oak, but the whole thing remains so harmonious and without any off-notes that you can get over it easily. Adding water doesn't do much here, the cask strength is good as it is. 91 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  23. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      When pouring, you immediately smell wet stone, as if you were standing in a quarry, grit, sulfur and tobacco and leather.

      Later on, the above smells disappear and floral notes are added. Think of roses, paired with dandelions and honey, meadow and fruit tones such as apples, pear, but also hazelnut and wood tones. Vanilla notes, milk chocolate and very slightly red fruit appear, such as strawberry and sour red berries. You can see that scents can change quickly the longer they air.

      The scent gets better and more complex as it breathes and so the fruit notes come out more and even a coppery air comes over it.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Honey, pear, Granny Smith, copper, dandelions, milk chocolate, leather and tart. Vanilla, roses and brown sugar in the background.
    • Finish
      87 87
      White grapes, dandelions, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, tart, coppery notes and honey. Pear, apples and vanilla predominate.

      Later, the taste of dark chocolate lingers in your mouth.

  24. ep11ripee scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    23/23/22.5/22.5
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  26. vlad78 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent release with a dense texture.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet, full of buckwheat honey, raisins, dried apricots, prunes and dried dates. The aroma of fresh apricots appears.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, dense, rich taste of all possible dried fruits, with a slight hint of bitterness.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Sweet, warm, long lasting.

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Really well balanced fruitiness and spice with good punch - very drinkable - very good!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruity, austere, salty oranges, little grapefruit, honeydew, wet hay, little earthy, seabreeze, citric, fresh green apple, whiffs of leather - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, lots of lemons, oranges, apples, pears, little peach, good sweetness, fruit juice, spicy, pepper, little ginger, little oak wood - great!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, more spicy, fruity

  28. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Tastingbros scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/01/10/it-seems-i-have-another-secret/
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. swk27844 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. prz22 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting, beautifully dry yet complex.
    Tastes like Clynelish.
    I really like this one, has its unique character and very stable, coherent and balanced composition!
    Great!

  33. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Robust nose, sooty, wet rocks chalky and waxy, chen-pi, and the coastal, stick saltiness. Oranges, waxy and silky, good amount of briny notes on the palate. Not the longest finish, but a very pleasant and enjoyable one.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. -sAxo- scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  40. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/157577
    http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/160425
    http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/159848

    Color: Old gold.

    Unfortunately, I only had 2cl of this, stretched over 2 tastings - it doesn't have an impressive aroma density either, but finally a bottling that corresponds to my idea of Clynelish 1983 (yes, I only know one, but with 43% and 17 years old in the glass it was the better option in terms of taste). This combination of vegetable oil, wax and soot is unique and lingers on the palate for a long time; Despite the hefty bottle price, this is the first bottling of this group, one of which would appeal to me.
    • Nose
      Cool and much fresher, that's no flavor bomb either, but the other two are allowed to pack. Rapeseed blossom, freshly weed weeds, sunflower oil, freshly felled wood, summer blossom honey, mustard seeds, unripe apples, lots of tree sap. Then sooty, waxy, undergrowth, orange peel, a hint of vanilla. With water: darker, sooty, more tree sap.
    • Taste
      Malty, fragrant, candle soot without smoke (?), Then oily, waxy, polished wood, earthy, sooty, fir resin, fresh mountain water, charred branches, more tree sap, fresh apples, ice cold. With water: thicker, sooty, less Clynelish, more Highland Park, if you want. Sunflower oil and rapeseed honey are experiencing a renaissance, they are once again really sweet and malty.
    • Finish
      Long, earthy and sooty, never too bitter, propolis, beeswax, rapeseed honey, resin.

  41. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  42. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. Schnitter scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Kalamadei scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This one is not easy and I spend some time with it to rate it properly. It needs time and skill to fully enjoy the taste of it and when you meet this criteria, you will feel the complexity of the dram.

  45. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Soderberg scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  47. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  48. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

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