Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The war of the Peat
Stated Age
08 years old
Sherry Butt Finish
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
The War of Peat VII/XIII
Bottled for
Added on
11 Jan 2021 10:51 pm by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.99

10 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

146 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Islay 2012 SV

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.08 points

  1. glenrob scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Under 10yo Islay, undisclosed? Laphroaig, probably. Not that I could easily tell by the taste because the sherry finish is so dominant it drowns the distillate's nuances.

    Tasted with Laphroaig 10yo CS batch #010 (85 pts.), Caol Ila 9yo cask 316658 (88), and Classic of Islay Vintage 2020 (88).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      Dark sherry, wine sauce that was left on the pan way too long, some medicinal touches, wood sap. With water, tons of burned wood and ashy soy sauce. Just add garlic and chili pieces, and pour over your dumplings :) Herbal salt, butter, and cola.
    • Taste
      Charred wood, ashes, and immense, dark and sweet sherry. Compared to some non-finished sherry peaters I have on the table with this, this one is clearly exhibiting splitting between the distillate and the sherry, so that they are two different layers on the tongue that don't interact much; a typical effect of finishing on peated whisky. Does not fare well with water, as it brings in a noticeable bitterness. A big taste for sure, but hollow.
    • Finish
      Long and sherried, but slightly disjointed. With water, bitter and earthy.

  6. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Boom! Great bottling from Islay - for me it’s a Lagavulin.

  7. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. maltmitch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Interesting guessing game about which distillery the good malt comes from.
    Undiluted, very bacon-heavy in the nose, which makes you think in the direction of Caol Ila. But it is also very complex and a lot of phenols can be extracted with a little water, which in my opinion would be a great fit for Ardbeg.

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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