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Overall rating
89.49/100
votes
49
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 165.00

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1994 Ma

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 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. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Haven't found the perfect setting with water yet. Without it it's too hot for me, and with it it gets a bit woody. Let's see, maybe I'll find the right balance.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very interesting and peculiar right from the start. Lots of old wood (in places already a bit "cupboard walled"), definitely refill, and an exciting syrupy, light fruit note (like apricot jam) in combination with a massive almond aroma. Reminds me in this aspect of those bright teenage sherry livets by SV from the Unchillfiltered series, where you always wonder what kind of sherry it was (definitely no Olo or PX). Behind this creamy-sweet-fruity side, a lot of spice rises, it becomes almost meaty-hearty, with liquorice, lovage and marjoram. Then I find forest aromas: resin, autumn leaves, fir and spruce maybe. Something leathery and "greasy" also resonates. Great thing, even if it was probably taken out of the barrel at the latest possible moment - it really shouldn't have gotten any more wood. Still evolving over time, there is a lot to discover.
      [Water is not good for the nose and primarily makes it woodier; I would rather advise against it.]
    • Taste
      88 88
      Undiluted, very spicy and peppery start, you have to pull yourself together to keep it in your mouth longer, but bites quite a lot. After this first "Spice Spike" is over, there are great yellow-fruity, pastry-like and creamy aromas, and on the finish it also casually reveals its age, ripe exotic fruit notes flash here, but they remain fleeting and difficult to grasp.
      With water, it quickly becomes milder and more accessible, but not necessarily more differentiated, which is a shame: the rear third has so much potential that I would have liked to have drawn it out a bit by diluting it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Not too long, at first very briefly tropical fruits, then almost only spicy, but less woody than the nose suggested.

  6. Arwen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. tangtang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    wonderfully complex malt. I like it very much. Very complex in the aroma profile. Ser is really fun
    • Nose
      sweet sherry notes, nuts, dried fruits, plums, spicy, intense oak notes, old furniture, herbs, wonderfully complex nose
    • Taste
      intense wood notes, spicy, lots of dried fruits, plums, nuts, herbs, a bit leathery and bitter, becoming creamy. Salivary
    • Finish
      spicy woody finish, slightly sweet, lots of dried fruits, plums, long-lasting, nuts, some vanilla, very tasty

  8. 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.

  9. Copshop68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Mik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

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