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Overall rating
89.06/100
votes
88
Whiskybase ID
WB171413
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
East Village Whisky Company (EVWC)
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
168
Strength
47.3 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
03 dec 2020 5:55 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 180.18

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Whisky Reviews for A Secret Speyside Distillery 1994 EVWC

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.06 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful, gentle, juicy and fruity refill sherry cask.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dried persimmon, dried fig which also brought up a bit of smokiness. Mellow honey fruit tea, slowly turned into juicy red papaya, fresh persimmon, mamma mia! Then juicy mandarin orange flesh, followed by mango skin, loquats, kumquats, a touch of plum acid.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Rich fresh persimmon and loads of apples with a bit sourness, the apple peel was significant, as well as sweet and sour purple plums. After a bit of chewing, papayas, canned lychees, oranges all popped up. It was finished with some fruit tea. This is such a flavourful and comfortable dram with little spiciness on palate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Instantly you received the tropical fruits from above, nice but not rich enough that I would call it top-notch. Some woody smokiness. A bit of tannin appeared in mouth, toast with cooked honey, vanilla ice-cream. It was some gooseberries stayed in my mouth when others faded away.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Glenfarclas or Glenrothes? Probably more the latter. The nose develops great with air and on the palate it has a great body for strength. Does not need water, but a few drops will not immediately thin it out.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The same amount of old wood - spicy, "dusty", maybe even a bit musty in a positive sense - followed by juicy, sweet and creamy aromas from the barrel: plum jam, orange peel, dark chocolate, macadamia and cashew nuts. Strange: the first time I tried it, I was sure to be able to detect light sulfur (gunpowder, match head, sooooo minimally rubber), but on the second try from the now slightly ventilated sample, I couldn't find anything like that. But now more oak than the first time. What has stayed the same is a sweet and sour basic impression, somewhere between plum cake and long-matured balsamic vinegar. Over time it becomes more and more umami-heavy (soy or gravy), the sherry influence begins to take up more space. The orange aroma is also stronger, there is something spicy and exotic (turmeric?), The wood moves further into the background, and now I have to say that there seems to be a distillate with a good body and character: nice and heavy and oily, with lots of flavor. Initially, I got 88 points - it's good that I split the sample over two days that were slightly longer apart.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy start, juicy-sweet-sour, but also with a lot of dry oak. Nice, soft, creamy mouthfeel, full of body. Quite mouthwashing due to a pronounced but pleasant acidity that seems to come entirely from the (classic, dry-sour Oloroso) sherry. Tart towards the end, still refreshingly sour, slightly bitter, astringent. Very nice and very classic sherry influence, zero sweet or syrupy, actually oscillating back and forth between dry / sour / tart all the time. Here, too, orange peel, dark cocoa powder, with a few notes of pastry (speculoos?). Not quite as balanced as the nose due to the strong acidic focus.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Charcoal, plum brandy, spicy orange, balsamic vinegar, espresso. Very consistent and long. At the end of the day I got a clue about black powder, but only very weakly and fleetingly.

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like it very much, the highlight for me is the interlude in the mouth, great combination of nutty roasted aromas and the tart orange, the very oak-heavy nose is the only small drawback for me
    • Nose
      nice dry sherry, slightly nutty, good oak load, some furniture polish, grated orange peel, almonds, it looks very ripe on the nose, now and then chocolate flashes, a pinch of pepper, overall more wood than sherry in the nose, after the first sip , intense almond, now towards marzipan
    • Taste
      A lot of oak in the beginning, then chocolate, creamy, nut, roasted aromas, tart, orange, also raisins, then a short sweet interlude, combined with the orange, good mouthfeel, delicious, the middle part is really great
    • Finish
      the oranges become sweeter and tangerines, clearly nut, hazelnut, pleasant, slightly sour, sweet, lasts a long time, the oak keeps flashing

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unusual but very tasty!

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      Cloudy, slightly reddish amber rests in the glass, a thick streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter from which occasionally long and syrupy "legs" detach. Sweet caramel and toffee dominate the nose with sweet trophic fruits, plum jam and juicy orange notes, with a minimal sulfur note in the background. Ripe and fermented fruits, again liquid caramel and a touch of wet leather and sweet tobacco followed by an incredibly soft and sweet fruit mix or fruit salad, this aroma of fruit salad from the can reminds me a little ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows softly over the tongue, sweet fruity notes end in watered down sherry and balsamic vinegar. The aroma is incredibly complex and layered, sugar beet and hints of cough syrup in combination with dried grapes and berries. Exotic spices followed by raisins and dates, hints of rotten wood and dusty cocoa powder ... the aromas change every second!
    • Finish
      Long and warming with a musty note of wood and fermented fruit aromas. Again exotic spices in combination with "liquid" sherry and a hint of sulfur.

  5. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  6. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely delicious, especially the delicious, tingling oily effervescence on the palate! And a great finish like old Fanta from the lemonade museum :)
    But ooh! A little sulfur is included! But it doesn't matter to me, on the contrary, it makes for a great flavor.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Re-taste April 2022. Not sure on the distillery, but it's good and I like it. Very good mix of sweet and sour fruitiness, with a balanced level of wood influence. No change in score.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Oak, spice, toffee, a touch of the juicy sweetness that's to come to the forefront on the palate and finish. Some mildly sour juicy fruits - mango, passion fruit, prunes, grapefruit, guava. Quite malty.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Now the fruitiness comes forward; orange, mango, plum, apple. Not too sweet - well balanced with fruity sourness, gentle oak spice, and malt. A great speysider (Glenfarclas?).
    • Finish
      90 90
      A lovely burst of fresh juicy fruitiness, followed by a balance of sweet and sour fruits, along with some spice and malt. Lovely. A touch of sulphur but nothing upsetting (did not find this upon re-taste). Lingering mango, toffee, passion fruit, and subtle spice.

  8. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. bakerman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky with a spiy & fizzy finish as a strong recognition factor. If I will ever taste this dram blind there is a good chance I remember that.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Honey, malty, few pickled cherries, fresh, some new leather and dried fruits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, great wood and dried raisins (which come along with a wee touch of sulphur)
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, with a light & lovely bitterness, spicy and fizzy!!

  10. marcusjang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is one of those drams that you can hold in your mouth and savour for a long time.

    However this is not an easy malt, starting off with tons of dirty, meaty, and dusty notes. Underneath them lies a harmonious composition between the malt, mature Oloroso, and old wood.
    • Nose
      Dirty, meaty, dusty, rum raisins, ripe apples, vanilla, prunes, tea leaves, caramel, hint of smoke & sulphur, grapefruit zest
    • Taste
      Blueberry jam, peaches, dash of lemon juice, milk-like texture, dusty oak, milk, honey, dry Oloroso, caramel, cacao nibs, cinnamon, orange peel, cherries
    • Finish
      Nutty Oloroso, nuts, grape skins, pastries, pencil ends, dusty oak, dark chocolate, long, savoury, caramel, slightly floral

  11. MJ84 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Speyside, even better after a few days with some air. Leather and caramel/toffee on the nose. In the mouth then again a lot of caramel/toffee, some mocha, very creamy and good power from the alcohol. Departure again very creamy, tingling and long. Very successful, great dram that is really fun! Tip for an Oloroso cask. Update 24/02/2022: Bottle open for over 1 year and almost empty, now 95% sure that it's a Glenfarclas, everything fits, would bet on it... :)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. jazza scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A magnificent nose, very deep and complex, with almond powder, crushed apricot, "dulce de leche", macadamia nut, with a crazy alcohol integration.

    The taste is very melted, round, sweet palate, with honey, a hint of coffee, stewed fruits, some spices and a kind of bitterness but very well balanced.

    A finish, medium to long, subtil and complex, rather focused on spices, cappuccino, a little honey and again this bitterness here.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I'm having a little trouble with him. Not unpleasant, but somehow no direction or strength, no rough edges. Is that the strength? Light sweetness, light fruit. Not really tropical.
    2nd dram today and the nose is... let's say dignified. He looks older.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. GIngi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  15. DrunkDude scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    scbp-4631, a sherry bucket with certain ideas, some flavor notes have brought considerable expectations to drinkers. But after all, he was a good Speyside, not the Shirley Lochside of the 1980s.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Green grass, interior decoration paint, formaldehyde, sour plum soup, raw nuts, burnt cake, slightly fleshy, in addition to green plum, green apple peel, lime juice, and grapefruit peel. 85
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly raw, but the taste is quite full, the metal grease of the copper pot cooking oil, the base of sour plum, slightly diluted with water, the state is slightly oxidized, the yellow fruit acidity, lemon juice, paint, aloe vera, peel, small spicy . Shengjin quenches thirst, the flavor is strong and lasting. The oily feel is medium, the wine strength is medium, the flavor complexity is average, and it is slightly business. b82p83
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tannin, metallic, tannin, strawberry white, grapefruit slightly bitter. Finished smoothly without discomfort. 85

  16. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. ReadsKey scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. IronChic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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