Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd. (CWCL)
Bottling serie
Watt Whisky
Stated Age
10 years old
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Sep 2020 9:03 pm by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 97.05

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Distillery 10-year-old CWCL

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.57 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This has loads to offer in itself and didn't need an overt cask influence to reach a high level.
    • Nose
      A slight waxiness at first. It's kind of hoppy and lager-like in a way, but also somewhat sour AND with the sweetness of an amber beer. These beer-y notes die down after a little while though. The light fruitiness (green apples, white grapes, underripe banana peel) balances out vanilla and floral notes. Rather intriguing.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy with spicy notes and beeswax, this is really good. A hit of white pepper followed by pickled lemon, but also cardamom and even a pinch of salt. Maybe even a touch of smoke.
    • Finish
      A lingering sweet and spicy finale. Green and herbal after a while. Long.

  2. rauff scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately a lot of grains in taste and nose. Should have had 8-10 more years on cask.

  3. Dr. Skov scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    This has to much grain to my taste.

  4. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the nose soft tropical fruits and berries, milky and herbal with a hint of chalk and salted vanilla. Some fizzy peach (bellini?) on the palate, with wax, black pepper and vanilla, and some sweet eucalyptus smoke on the finish. So much character, with the fruits making you want to keep coming back for more.

  5. Cipidos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Definitely second guessing myself after reading some high reviews but I thought this was imbalanced. The palate too hot and monolithic and stays that way until after the water has diluted the nose to nothing
    • Nose
      Nose: Caramel popcorn, gorse, brush twigs, brine. Fine vanilla bean, creme brûlée, some white pepper. Yes maybe some wax. Maybe a hint of peary mezcal youth. With water the nose sort of drops out the bottom before the palate stops being too hot. Chlorine and mint
    • Taste
      Palate: hot entry, vanilla salted caramels, a little saccharine. Guava. Unripe citrus. Bitter mints with water.
    • Finish
      Finish: maybe a hint of pear, lime rinds, tiny bit of sugar mints. Mint with water

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    This unnamed Highlander is a single malt, one of the first releases of the crowdfunded new Campbeltown Whisky Company, with Mark and Kate Watt at the helm. Everything that I have tried from Watt so far has been jolly good, so I presume this malt will also be very pleasant.

    A very waxy nose on nougat and marzipan, a truckload of vanilla, Granny Smith, green banana, quice jelly and meringue. Sour gooseberries. Raw rhubarb. Grand? No. Interesting? Absolutely.

    Immediately very sweet and piquant on the palate. It remains waxy on the palate as well. There is a lot going on here. Goes up and down like a yo-yo from sweet to salty and back, with a hint of peat smoke and cardboard, beeswax and citrus fruit.

    The finish is very good. Long, feisty on cardamom, salt & pepper and even some green garden herbs, while the smoke – and this is very peaty indeed – fades gently. At the death it turns into liquid pineapple candy for a second.

    How nice! To be honest, this reminds me a mostly of Clynelish. But nobody can or will confirm nor deny.

  10. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Reviewed by Serge on whiskyfun.com on 1/12/2020:
    A Highland Distillery 10 yo 2010/2020 (58.4%, Watt Whisky, 280 bottles) Five stars
    Naturally, no one will tell anyone about what’s actually in this bottle. These secret malt whiskies are really getting boring, but on the other hand, better secret and good than disclosed and bad, as James Bond would have said. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: whelks and seaweed smoke (beach) over paraffin, olive oil and the most acidic green pears that ever existed. Wonderful Sancerre-y tension. With water: the louder wax and paraffin really gives it away. Mouth (neat): when youth is an asset. Extremely tense once again, punchy, lemony and chalky, with some olive brine, those green pears and some green apples too, then an unexpected slightly Laphroaiggy development, leading us towards cough syrup and, perhaps, Jamaican high-ester rum. It’s a brilliant drop, just wondering if the cask hadn’t sheltered some other very characterful spirit before. We’ll never know, I suppose… With water: when citrons and grapefruits are chiming in while the waxiness got even bigger, doubts dissipate. Finish: long, tense and tight, really all on wax, seawater, lime juice and chalk. Some coastal smoke too. Unbeatable. Fat green olives in the aftertaste. Comments: totally on the Axis of Good that runs from HP to Springbank via Clynelish and Ben Nevis. No, that’s all very personal.
    SGP:462 - 90 points.


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