Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Mercenary (TWM)
Stated Age
16 years old
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Jul 2020 9:50 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 132.99

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14 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Orkney Distillery 2003 TWM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.75 points

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


  2. Marc Geenens scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    From whiskyfun.com:

    Secret Orkney 16 yo 2003/2019 (52.2%, The Whisky Mercenary) 
    This little mercenary on the label seems to be drinking his HP from the skull of one of his enemies. Which gives me a few ideas I have to say… Colour: white wine. Nose: it is a full-mineral, crystal-clean fresh HP, on lamp oil, grass, lime juice, sourdough and granny smith. With a nod to Clynelish down in the south. With water: never have I found this much linseed oil in any malt whisky. A lot of raw wool too. Mouth (neat): terrific lime-y arrival, fat and mineral, tart, full-bodied and superbly waxy. Goes on with a salty smokiness. With water: fabtastic waxy, mineral, salty and lemony development. This is perfect. Finish: rather long and saltier yet. Comments: another gift to mankind, we can only meditate. Scores would further rise after a few more years in a well-stored bottle. For example, a well-stored bottle is a bottle that's located in my own cellar (S., please!)
    SGP:463 - 90 points.

  3. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose on white fruits with a gradual development on smoke. Very slight imbalance of alcohol. Warm and long finish.
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  4. bvrsky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    I confess, I think this one has a fantastic label (as can be said as well of Jürgen’s recent releases of Miltonduff and Tobermory that took place simultaneously). And while the distillery is again unnamed, it leaves little to the imagination where this ‘Secret Orkney’ hails from, of course. Let’s sit down with this Highland Park.

    Very cleane nose on white fruit and heather, but not much more and certainly no smoke. Have I just been lead astray with this Orkney? Really?

    On the palate I get mostly white fruit, but now a nice slice of lime shines through and the smoke development because quite beautiful. Feels like pebbles in the mouth. A somewhat chalky structure. Quite nice.

    The finish is outstanding. Warm, spicy, fruity and sweet and the smoke keeps lingering.

    One that needs a bit of time, but is more than worth it. Thanks for the sample, Jeroen DV.

  6. Montijo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Wow what a floral nose, fresh, a zest of lemon. On the palate, lemon zest, honey and pepper all give quite mineral notes. All this to finish on a long, very floral and honeyed mouth.


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