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Overall rating
88.54/100
votes
137
Whiskybase ID
WB161072
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Vintage
01.1994
Bottled
03.2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
30
Number of bottles
324
Strength
48.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 jun 2020 10:21 am by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 279.07

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137 × member ratings

164 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1994 WN

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The discrepancy between the nose/initial taste and what follows is rather large
    • Nose
      Sweet, fresh and fruity, this Speyside single malt is rather honeyed with touches of beeswax, burlap, ozone and an assortment of stone fruits, such as nectarines and peach. A touch of sugared breakfast cereals, but the sweetness is balanced by some vibrant lemon zest.
    • Taste
      Extremely fruity and quite waxy, it's remarkable how much this initially reminds me of some of those undisclosed 1973 Speysiders. Honey but also more citrus (grapefruit) and stone fruits. More spicy. However, it quickly becomes apparent this is not of the same high quality. There's a leafy bitterness here and it doesn't match the depth and richness of those modern classics.
    • Finish
      Tannic, spicy and short to medium in length.

  2. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Mandarin orange for a few seconds, then strong but unfortunately short loquats and Carabao mango. Some anise and pistachio shells if you kept sniffing, as well as kaya toasts popping from the sides. Vanilla, sweet hay and digestive biscuits. The upfront fruitiness smelled nice but lacked complexity and longevity. A little bit more grated coconut and dried green tea leaves after a sip.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Yellow fruits, let's break it down: sweet oranges, yellow plums and loquats. There's some banana candy too. The fruitiness stayed well until it turned less sweet in about 10/15 seconds with a wave of honey green tea, nice pear peel and citrus zest.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Banana candy, longan shell, green tea, vanilla ice cream, and hay all blended together. Slightly bittersweet.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Koning scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting: very enjoyable dram with good development. Give it some time in your glass!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty sweet with a subtle mineral edge at first, with floral and grassy nuances. After some breathing sweet and fruity notes come to the front, this surely is a mature malt!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fresh spices like ginger and cardamom at the front, and an okay dustiness and a mineral touch at the back. Just as on the nose, the sweetness follows: kiwi fruits, peach and pineapple. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and a bit waxy even. Good stuff!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Rather spicy with caramel, apples and grapefruits.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I seem to find this less exuberantly fruity than other reviewers, but it certainly grew on me with time in the glass. Classic, long-term, ex-bourbon-cask-matured whisky that scores extra points for depth and development.
    • Nose
      89 89
      More herbal and dry than I had hoped, initially. Loose tobacco, chervil, thyme, myrrh. Assam tea. After a while (and with the help of a splash of water) it gets going and adds a fudgy creaminess, beginning to ooze vanillin, coconut, sunflower oil, and liquid caramel. The fruits are shy but noticeable and include apricot, banana, and mango, all drenched in honey.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is where the fun really starts. Very good mouthfeel, oily and thick, with a candied / pastry-like side that keeps getting stronger with more time in the glass. Croissants, brioche, crème caramel… The fruitiness is becoming more pronounced as well, tending more toward ripe papaya and melon now. Extremely satisfying.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dried herbs, vanilla-and-caramel custard, honey, coconut milk, apricot yoghurt. Still very fatty/oily.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and balanced
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, green banana, hints of coconut powder, little leafy and grassy, raw vegetables, dry hay, lime zest, almonds
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, punchy, subtle sweetness, fruity, vanilla, more of green fruits and leafy notes, spices, little herbs, little oak wood, ginger
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warm, spicy, still some sweetness, little zesty, herbal, more leafy

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Citrus, wax, stone fruits, herbs, barley, quite fruity and mineral, an interesting profile.

  8. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. wouterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. JoachimV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Glue, candied popcorn, apricots, vanilla, caramel and mango.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Apricots, raisins, citrus fruit, mango, honey, ginger and cloves.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fairly short (unfortunately).

  12. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part of Thuisfestival 7. I’d expect more of this one unfortunately,
    • Nose
      A good nose. Quite some depth and layers. Grassy nose, Powdered sugar, almond and a chemical sweetness. Faint caramel, vanilla, fresh green herbs and charcoal.
    • Taste
      Full and sweet, loads and loads of sweetness. A good bite upon arrival. Unfortunately I think that the flavor is too one dimensional. Lots of artificial sweetness and not much room for more flavors.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Again loads of artificial sweetness translating to caramel and vanilla. Besides that some oak shavings, en relatively strong spices. After that again the sweetness is what remains.

      It’s certainly not bad, it’s just not my style. A little to one dimensional after 26 years inside the cask and that’s a pitty.

  13. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice bottling by Whiskynerds. According to some sources this should be a Glenfarclas, but it's profile is unrecognizable to me.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Delicate, grassy and fruity. Clear notes of freshly cut gras and green houses (almost reminiscent of some Littlemills), shortbread cookies, subtle notes of vanilla, glazed apple, dried apricot and whiffs of pineapple. Toffee and butterscotch, slightly nutty with some older wood notes at the back.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily and creamy in the mouth, vanilla, shortbread, cut gras, dried fruits, baked fruits, slightly tropical, caramel and toffee, walnuts, a mild and balanced spiciness, some wood dust.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length: vanilla butter, shortbread, grassy, juicy tropical fruits, mild sweet liquorice, a slightly drying spiciness. Very pleasant.

  14. Jimbeau scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  15. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Tomek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Smell: grain, alcohol, white currants, stalks, office glue
    Taste: highly alcoholic, glue. meadow, flowers, seeds
    Finish: bitter, wooden, unpleasant
    Grade: 3

  20. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  24. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  30. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  31. vveed4z0 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  32. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  33. malt1973 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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