Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Michiel Wigman (MW)
Bottling serie
They Inspired I
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
serie 1.5
Added on
04 Nov 2020 9:13 pm by anthony_holland
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 289.98

3 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Orkney 1999 MW

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An absolute winner, this Highland Park tastes mature beyond its years.
    • Nose
      An elegant, somewhat waxy Highland Park with notes of honey, farmyard and wet pebbles. Just a touch of chalk, as well as ripe red apples and candied oranges. The smoke is incredibly subtle, almost non-existent.
    • Taste
      Creamy with plenty of beeswax and soft heathery notes, as well as a decent salinity. A light mineral touch, but also briny green olives and just a whisper of peat smoke and roasted peanuts. It has some herbal qualities too, as well as soft notes of nutmeg and a pinch of pepper.
    • Finish
      The salt makes an encore, followed by soft bonfire smoke and a whisper of lemon peel. Long.

  2. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Yarema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice and very smooth whisky. A little bit sweet. The more he breathes, the more the pleasant bourbon aromas of the start go away ... It’s even a pity. I wanted development, but unfortunately this is the maximum that the barrel gave.
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 88

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    20 22 22 21 85

    Good to drink, but little expression, sorry ...

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Soon Quinling

    They Inspired is a series of single cask releases by Michiel Wigman with some well and lesser known historical figures on the rather sober labels. This Secret Orkney from 1999 is obviously Highland Park, bottled by the Dutch Whisky Connection and depicts Soon Quinling on the label, who is also known as ‘the Mother of modern China’. She became an important figure in Mao Tse Tung’s communist Party. But enough history, let’s taste.

    A rich nose on lemon juice, pebbles on the beach, chamomile tea and some exotic fruit in the guise of dried apricots. Shells on the beach and a note of brackish water give this malt it’s deserved maritime character. Typical Orkney peat, albeit subtle. I already realize I have something grand in my glass.

    Nicely oily and surprisingly subtle floral notes, but then I get a sudden uppercut of peat, camphor, olive oil and famer’s butter! Where is this going? Honey, chalk, smoke. Becomes quite waxy and shows a nice, warm smokiness. Herbal teas and salt appear. Remains maritime and pretty sharp. Chiseled is the word. Delicious.

    The floral notes (wild heathery flowers) come back in the picture during the long, smoky and somewhat spicy finish. Grand.

    Atypical, but lovely Highland Park. Admittedly, almost 200 EUR for a 20 years old HP is far from cheap. But this is a future classic, believe me.

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is the kind of whisky I would like to open on every good occasion.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Grass, yeast, a pot in which potatoes with bay leaves are cooked, linden branches in a Russian bath, floral aromas, a yellow apple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet taste of apple with honey, bright and warm.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste gives a little sour yeast, but then comes out in the crust of a sweet cake with candied fruits, soaked in butter.


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