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Overall rating
89.68/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
085
Number of bottles
239
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
18 Oct 2020 12:16 am by Schmausel
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Average value

€ 165.00

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1994 Ma

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.68 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At the moment I don't expect anything more from new releases - again and again wet barrel or dead pants at lavish prices. Here I was very positively surprised, elegant, noble, lively, pulsating and with some aroma components felt several years more mature than the label says.
    But finally a malt again where my nose won't let go and I still want one.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nuts, wax and green wood, a very oily, thick nose with furniture polish and high-quality shoe polish, beautiful retro furniture and gentleman's room notes with a lot of elegance, then it slowly becomes sweeter, honey, block malt, caramelized breakfast cereals, it becomes ever sweeter and there are also fresh fruit flavors, fresh strawberries, Melon, yellow plums, raisins, dried mango
    • Taste
      90 90
      Initially slightly tart with a slight hint of bitter, green wood, wax, herbs, a little dark chocolate, a delicate mineral fresh base tone with a hint of citrus, from the 2nd and 3rd mini sips it only starts - very creamy fruity, dates, mango and dried pineapple, tree sap leather and leaves,
      great texture - alcohol strength suits me perfectly - mouthwashing without stinging with a pleasant delicate tingling
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium length

  2. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    nose
    Sweet ripe fruits, one approach of my beloved overripe tropical fruits is to smell. Honey is almost oozing from the glass. Very slightly hot, but with otherwise well integrated alcohol, which represents the age appropriately. Oily, slightly salty, almost a trace mineral - somehow the Highlands get through even if it's a Speysider? Subtle sherry aromas are slowly emerging, but the barrel was certainly not very strong here. Raisins, brown sugar, dried plums. The longer it stays, the sweeter it becomes. A nose that knows how to fascinate, complex, multi-layered, extremely tasty! The fact that I keep my bottle seems only a matter of form, only the pepper aromas in my mouth that are often mentioned in the sales notes can make me a bit nervous.

    taste
    And it actually occurs a little stronger in the mouth, the alcohol is a little more noticeable, but remains pleasant. Fresh, citrus fruits, grass, spices and, as promised, pepper. Fun and lively, here he behaves a little younger than expected. With the third sip it becomes a little quieter and the fruit and the sweetness come back a little, but remain much more in the background than in the nose. I don't notice much of the sherry barrel, it is now more of a light wood note and a slight bitterness. Leather, old furniture, some tobacco and pipe smoke? In any case, significantly less sweet and also a little less round than on the nose.

    Exit
    Here clearly the promised pepper, not burning, but warming and with the aroma of black peppercorns. In addition, slightly bitter wood, leather and a slightly oily layer on the tongue. Now almost no more sweetness. The wood stays there for a long time. Spices of the rather hot kind are also shown. Chilli?

    Conclusion
    An extremely changeable painting, in which the nose is absolutely fascinating and there is a second side to be explored while drinking, which is also delicious, albeit different. The bottle stays, I'll be happy to try it more often and try to find more flavors.

    N-93, T-89, F-88 for a good 90 points that are strongly driven by the nose.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. GIngi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Toto0808 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Impressive, round, flawless, juicy fruits (slightly overripe). Pear, peach, apricot, honey, melted malt sugar, light floral notes, vanilla, ginger, a small pinch of pepper, after a long breath notes of wax.
    Taste: Nice mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a peppery appearance, very strong due to the vol.%. Multi-layered taste with various local fruits and honey impressions. Clear, but not dominant wood notes and a nice malt sweetness. Later a spicy heat and fine herbs are added. Everything very harmonious and without missing notes.
    Finish: Long with stronger spicy notes of white pepper, chilli and noble sweet paprika and a slightly dry finish with clearer wood notes

  5. TeleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Great aromas pour into the room when pouring. Water doesn't help the whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A complex nose that won't let me go. Each time you smell a different smell in the foreground. Tropical fruits - slightly fermented, wax, pears, spicy honey.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pleasant in the mouth. First creamy, then it develops a bit of spiciness. Again, honey, on the sweet side. Some wet herbs.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long, spicy finish. Doesn't make an impression on me.

  6. Copshop68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Mik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. rampah scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very spicy.

    I would have guessed at least 30 years of maturation, if I had to guess its age.

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