Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Private Bottling
Stated Age
26 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.7 % Vol.
700 ml
joint bottling DeinWhisky
Added on
27 Jan 2021 6:02 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 235.73

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 1993 Ma

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] I had the pleasure to try a cask sample of this stuff and guess what - I ordered a bottle on the spot...

    ...because this is another old-school (most probably) 'farclas in the best tradition of this fine distillery. Obviously, they invest more money in high-quality sherry casks than most other distilleries so (some of) their casks are seasoned with long-matured sherry instead of the usual unmatured (pre-sherry) wine. This addiction to quality is the clear advantage of a family-run business over controller-operated big conglomerates or investor-driven groups (like Edrington who owns Macallan).

    The quality uplift of this investment is flabbergasting: This dram is on eye-level with old-school sherry maturations of the past, and it is dangerously quaffable. Absolutely on par with flawless Family Cask editions, no doubts.

    [February, 2021] Finally, the bottle arrived and I have the chance to verify my old (small) cask sample notes with a larger measure of this exquisite stuff. And guess what?
    I like it the same! Please see detailed notes below, scores remain unchanged.

    [January, 2022] Thanx to my sample library I re-tasted this dram tonight and still I find this is one of the best modern sherry maturations I came across during the last years. It is flavoursome, impressive and flawless - and very quaffable. Given its initial price of way below 200 Eurobucks this was a good buy, no doubt.
    • Nose
      92 92
      - please see official tasting notes (done from cask sample) -

      From bottle: The colour is quite dark at auburn and the nose offers a truly complex and harmonious old-school sherry profile in nice balance with the fine 'farclas malt aromas and rather shy wooden notes. Not a single off-note or imbalance that I can find, this is the nose of an excellent old sherry maturation, no doubt. By the way, there are very nice OBFs (furniture polish) in this nose which are rarely to find in modern maturations.
    • Taste
      92 92
      - please see official tasting notes (done from cask sample) -

      From bottle: The taste is nicely layered of both sweet malt and bitter wooden flavours in a hide-and-seek play. The only reliable component is the sherry which provides the stage all other flavours use happily to perform their parts of the play. No flaws or fouls during that, all works out very well. Some water releases more impressions both in the nose and on the palate, and it turns the dram even more quaffable. I like it both neat and somewhat reduced.
    • Finish
      91 91
      - please see official tasting notes (done from cask sample) -

      From bottle: The initial mouthfeel is warming and charming with a creamy texture covering my mouth instantly. There are some minor bitter-drying moments (tannins) but they are no major deal. Actually, they are rather welcomed given the otherwise sweet profile. The finish is of medium length and adds more chocolatey and herbal impressions with again some bitter-drying wooden moments which are not distracting, and they vanish with a slight reduction (if you do not like them).

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Get a barrel sample for your birthday

    unfortunately cool - valuable, mature, elegant, wonderfully balanced and exciting

    Nose: initially mineral, stone flour, ground citrus drops, lemon peel, increasingly red berries with a little time, walnut, old oak cupboard, tightly interwoven dried fruits - dates, figs, raisins, bay leaves

    Palate: Orange oil, fresh, lively sherry fruits, and partly dried, candied and from the rum pot - elegant, dense but not sticky, distinctly heather and leather with a gentle chocolate touch - imho is a very mild, almost imperceptible, well-broken down smoke - quite a long pulsating Departure (89/90 - 91 - 90)

    w * w.whisky.de / forum / discussion / 48617 / now-drinking-2021 / p1

    detailed notes when I've treated myself to something from the bottle

  3. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I was lucky enough to be able to taste a sample in advance! I like the Speysider better than the two predecessors. Beautiful ripe dark fruits paired with perfectly integrated (older) sherry notes. Since we are talking about the sister barrel of the whisky Doris. Find this bottling comparatively softer, with less flavor but more intense or more complex sherry. The finish is medium long.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The barrel tasting has been waiting for a long time, today the 1993 Speysider finally comes into the glass. Ok, again a mysterious Speysider from Dino Mancarella, this time a joint bottling with DeinWhisky ... As usual, the bar and expectations for a Mancarella bottling are very high, and this time they were fully met! The nose is dominated by sweet and fruity dried fruits, bit by bit tart and sour nuances are added. In my opinion, the taste is more dominated by the spicy wood and barrel influences, the fruity impressions on the nose are unfortunately easily lost. Also with this Secret Speyside (as is so often the case with older bottlings from my favorite distillery) I perceive a slightly subdued smoky note, but I don't know whether it's really a piglet and I can't say ... and characterful malt! For today well-deserved 90 points with an upward tendency ...

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Dark, slightly creamy amber shines in my Premium Snifter, a multitude of oily "legs" adhere to the glass wall. Dried grapes and berries rise heavily from the glass, hints of cherries and apricots are followed by zest and zest of oranges, hazelnuts end in minimal roasted aromas and slightly smoky and salty caramel. Sweet fruit aromas play with minimal nuances of tart lemons and grapefruit, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pods dissolve from a blend of creamy caramel with crumbs of milk chocolate. In the background there are finely spicy wood tones with a light touch of dried mint and fresh herbs.
    • Taste
      Fine tart wood tones with red dark fruits line the palate after the first sip, roasted hazelnuts pass through the mouth with hints of muted smoke, a pinch of black pepper gently massages the tongue before the sudden and massive flow of saliva. A bouquet of fresh meadow herbs is mixed with zest from citrus fruits, dried grapes and berries fall into ground hazelnuts, slightly dry wooden elements come into their own. Forest honey with minimally resinous hints dominates the second sip, overall the second sip looks bitter and darker. Dark chocolate, a few drops of espresso, burnt sugar and old caramel, hints of wet leather and wet tobacco leaves, roasted hazelnuts, the aftertaste announces itself after a few moments ...
    • Finish
      Dark fruit and wood aromas stick to the palate, old hazelnuts and fresh herbs, hints of menthol and eucalyptus refresh the tip of the tongue. I imagine that I can perceive a minimal and muffled smoke note in the aftermath. Unfortunately, the initially intense aftertaste only lingers briefly on the palate and ends relatively quickly with roasted hazelnuts and subtle smoky wood notes.

  5. rampah scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Rumored to be a Glenfarclas.

  6. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Full and complex, the whisky rises into the nose and simultaneously opens the way in an infinite number of different directions. On the one hand there is a very clear, crisp profile, almost maritime, only without iodine and seaweed. In addition, full orange notes, but also ripe apples and some freshly brewed Earl Gray tea. Maybe a little chamomile too. Dried fruits are now making more and more space. There are dried plums, dates and cranberries with a few slivers of men's chocolate in between. Everything is surrounded by exactly the right amount of wood influence. Not fresh, but dry, old wood. And I have a little dust in my nose, like the smell when you pull an old book off the shelf. With even more time in the glass and the alcohol evaporating, hints of mirabelle plums appear and the orange fades into the background. Honey, gingerbread spices and a fine nuttiness complement the aroma. I am already impressed.

    Taste: The performance continues seamlessly on the tongue. The entire mouth is lined with oily, almost waxy, and here, too, the complexity of the malt shows. Full-bodied juice oranges, slight bitter notes towards pear peel, elegant sweetness. Both ripe and dried fruits are also present on the tongue. Again some plums, pickled raisins and dried apricots. As with other 1993 Secret bottlings from Mancarella, I find wax and slightly burnt toast. Subtle chocolate and nutty roasted aromas ring in the finish.

    Finish: Medium to long and still full-bodied. The orange remains in the form of its slightly bitter peel, plus a pleasant wood felling with allspice, leather and slightly sweetened espresso.

  7. Mister 77 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    This Whisky reminded me, why I love Sherry Casks so much but also why i should avoid all those Coca Cola Coulored Malts of today.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Great Sherry, that reminds me of "the good old times", deifntely an Old School Sherry Cask, oily with some fruity glue like i remeber from old Macallans, Glenfarclas and Glendronachs, red and warm fruit jam, and after a short while dark chocolate comes out of the Glass, all mixed up with wet, and dark wood aromas full of Spice. A few Drops of Water release dark Honey.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The impression form the Nose continues, Strong and classic Sherry Notes on the Palate too, but the Whisky is not drowned unde. Everything adds to each other. Starts with spicy and oaky note, Dates and Figs, with some Honey
    • Finish
      93 93
      long, spicy, great wooden Notes and always changing from mild to strong, some Cane sugar, red mashed Fruits and a warm Cup of BlackTea with milk. Wow

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, ripe and elegant bottling. In the mouth it is more on the tart and spicy side - the sweet and fruity notes are more in the background. Very tasty, but at a price of 175 euros, the sample is enough for me.
    • Nose
      91 91
      nice fruity-sweet sherry nose; dark fruits; Red berries; Oranges; a lot of dried fruit; Raisins; Dates; Spices; some mint chocolate; delicate wood flavor
    • Taste
      89 89
      less fruity and sweet than on the nose; A fine, tart, tingling wood spice lies directly on the tongue; dark fruits; Raisins; tart herbal notes; dark chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      spicy; dark chocolate; tender dried fruits; Herbs; bitter oak flavor

  9. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I don't know that much about piglets, but what I've drunk so far smells exactly like this - forest honey! Sweet but also spicy, with caramel, cinnamon, leather and even more dark honey. Roasted walnuts, light mint, maple syrup and some leather polish. Round, strong but with very well integrated alcohol, sniffing is fun! Nice age, many aromas that mix but also alternate. Raisins and the dried plums, which are always welcome, are added. The whole thing remains spicy, the sweetness that alternates with a bitter spice and also mixed is delicious. A touch of perfume?

    Creamy, mouth-filling, strong, but still with perfectly integrated alcohol. Then sticky, like a spoon of forest honey straight out of the jar. Furthermore, the great sherry aromas, but clearly dominated by dripping dark forest honey. Burnt sugar, but here again the tangy, tangy spices, again some mint and also light oak and with a slightly bitter note towards the finish. Roasted nuts and a shot of espresso. 90% cocoa chocolate. But still the spicy honey that lets the dominance play again and again. There is a lot to discover here, the age is right and has brought in complexity without beating the barrel. Top!

    Here, too, I like to repeat myself, the spicy-sweet forest honey that sticks to the whole mouth for a long to very long time. A little pepper tingles on the tongue. It is now tart and spicy, with the sweetness fading into the background. Slightly bitter, the espresso is more evident here. A little more wood and some tree resin.
    In the end, there is forest honey, and that's a good thing!

    Wonderful sherry barrel maturation. The flavors play - enjoyment is in its element. Perfect bottling, which reminds me extremely of the family piglets - it doesn't matter whether it is or not, the dram is great!
    N-93, T-92, F-92 for excellent 92 points
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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