Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
85
Whiskybase ID
WB182398
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Colourful Wildlife
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
245
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Added on
27 apr 2021 9:09 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 163.27

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Whisky reviews for Secret Speyside 1994 Sb

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.30 points.

  1. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, in the finish I think the hippopotamus is much better than on the palate, I rarely have that. Very tasty drop, not too sherry-heavy. Mature achievement, the hippo dances in a rainbow costume;)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Spicy forest honey, fresh fir green, apricot jam, beeswax, after eight chocolate platelets long forgotten in the old living room cupboard and a caramel coffee note with slightly "meaty" undertones as well as a delicious sea buckthorn fruit bar.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Somewhat thin looks surprising at first, then a lot happens in the mouth when moved properly, but it remains viscous on the thinner side (or: alcohol is very well integrated). The minty aromas and a nice flavor predominate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finale or the transition to it, however, is awesome: delicious elderflower syrup flavors, peppermint drops filled with chocolate, fruit paste made from dark yellow fruits. In any case, everything stays for a long time and always has a balance of tart, sweet and piquant.
      It comes out very balanced and ripe.

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  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruit, tea elements, light dust, honey, it is really nice.

    Taste: Full of aroma from the first sip. A large dose of fruit, chocolate, vanilla and chili elements. Nicely arranged, it is very pleasant to drink. What's more, the alcohol is completely hidden. The taste is also a little sweet, honey? sugar?. Really cool thing.

    Rating: 89 | 100 Finish quite long, fruity with elements of chocolate. Cool and good bottle.

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not the stuff (my) dreams are made of. Everything is fine on the nose, but strange things happen when you drink it. An artificial sharpness that I've never had with whisky. I then immediately checked with a whisky I already knew to make sure that everything was right with my taste buds... For the full review go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/14/secrets-of-sansibar /
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2022] Before opening the bottle I read the reviews already published and this all sounds as if this is another fine "secret" Glenrothes...

    ...and indeed, this is a trademark old-style Glenrothes with all characteristics I like about this profile. If you look for fruity drams only you should avoid this distillery because there are hardly impressive fruits to find. But if you want to discover the old Highland style with a lot of waxes, oils, herbs and earthy flavours in a perfect combo with a flawless old-style oloroso sherry maturation - go for it. I do.

    PS: Several days later I did a head-to-head with a Glenfarclas Family Cask of the same vintage, age and abv (WB id 163374) and a Glenrothes of comparable vintage, age and abv (WB id 137106) and guess what? This dram is much closer to the Glenrothes than to the Glenfarclas (the latter is much sweeter and fruitier but owns less waxes and earthy impressions). Hey, and I like this dram just about the same as the 'farclas Family cask, not kidding!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an oloroso sherry profile which is neither Glenfarclas nor Macallan but it displays these strong waxy-oily impressions Glenrothes is famous for (and which I like very much). Lots of different herbal, earthy and nutty aromas turn this nose quite interesting but there are almost no fruits to discover (like so often with Glenrothes). Is this bad? Well, not for me! Of course I like fruity drams but the whisky world would be very boring if all drams were fruity. Hence such a profile is very welcome from time to time and it improves upon breathing, so take your time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is trademark Glenrothes with honeyed chocolate flavours at its core. This is beefed up with dozens of other impressions both from a flawless sherry cask and an excellent spirit. The profile is very sweet both on excellent oloroso flavours and delicious molten barley sugars, enriched by honey and sweet spices like vanilla. The wood keeps this dram in balance and adds some bitter herbs and tannins which work perfectly in this setting. Water is not needed, this dram perfect at cask strength.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming with some hot moments on my palate and a nice coating effect. No distracting moments both in the mouthfeel and during the long finish which turns more to the bitter-herbal-spicy side of the dram, a nice twist given the rather sweet taste. This is a fine old-style finish I remember from a lot of fine sherry drams from the past. Wow, it gets better from sip to sip - I had this finish at 88 points with the first impressions and look where it ended up after the third dram!

  7. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tried at a regulars' table, therefore shorter notes.
    Phew, that surprised me negatively, 90s Malt comes through very well, plus a tad (but not much) of sulfur, an uneven mixture and this nose that reminds me of the entrances to organic shops gives me the creeps. Nevertheless, of course, he also has beautiful barrel influences.
    • Nose
      Alnatura organic bakery, spelled rolls, cloves, anise, roasted malt, balsamic vinegar, allspice, salami, cinnamon, a touch of matchstick
    • Taste
      Salami, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice, roasted malt, a touch of match, spelled, rye bread, prunes, leather
    • Finish
      Allspice, clove, match, liquorice, apple core, medium length

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A delicious fruity nose, honey, sweet, a little mineral. Very aromatic in the mouth, very nice. Interestingly, the finish gets another surprising note. Somewhat bitter minerals, some wood, a little herbaceous.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    As an independent bottler, Sansibar has already brought some hits to the whisky market and, in cooperation with Deinwhisky, brought out a 26 year old whisky from an undisclosed Speyside distillery, which was distilled in 1994 and currently (as of November 28, 2021) still for 164 , 90 € is available. 26 years of aging in a sherry butt, not colored, not chill-filtered, wonderful 50.2% alcohol content, 245 bottles in total, so for these general data the price is really more than fair! Depending on whether the whisky can fully convince me or not, it could be a real bargain these days.

    On the nose I immediately have a spicy sweetness with black pepper sprinkled on spicy forest honey. I like that slight association with beeswax. I think of the herbs that grow on the edge of a coniferous forest. Ricola herbal sweets, which form a wonderful symbiosis with forest honey. I would have expected a lot more fruit, but here the spicy, sweet and woody aromas are clearly the main protagonists. The characteristics of the wood are much more my taste than, for example, the Aberlour 18 that I had in the glass earlier. The wood looks much better interwoven with the sweetness and doesn't have that Bauhaus wooden beam scent, which I don't really like with some whiskys. There is a slight fruitiness, but I cannot really describe it because it is difficult to grasp. I think more of dark chocolate with a raspberry filling from a well-known chocolate manufacturer than of fruit. A slightly sour note is reminiscent of the lime peel that has been mashed a little over the honey. Raisins in combination with nuts remind me of trail mix and light tannins with hints of leather are wonderfully integrated. I also imagine I can perceive a touch of saltiness. So the aroma of the whisky can definitely convince. I would have liked a little more dark fruit and a little less spiciness.

    The whisky is a bit thin in the mouth at first, but then quickly becomes stronger and more intense. Honey sweetness sticks in the mouth, accompanied by the spiciness with a little sulfur (which is not at all disturbing because it is present but not too intense), pepper, oak wood and dark chocolate. The saltiness can also be felt in the mouth and goes wonderfully together with the rest of the flavors. The alcohol content is perfect in my eyes, the whisky has enough power, but is really great to drink pure and I don't feel the need to add water. A pleasant maltiness and the Ricola herbal sweets are skillfully combined with leather and coniferous forest associations.

    The finish is medium to long and really successful. This honey sweetness paired with herbs, rocket candy, maltiness, caramel, a hint of saltiness and pepperiness, the waxy mouthfeel, the associations of the coniferous forest ... all these things go really well together and are present in the aroma and taste right through to the finish .

    For me this is a great sherry barrel aged whisky. I heard beforehand that this whisky is much spicier than many initially hoped. But I think this combination with the forest honey sweetness and the rocket candy is very successful. For the current retail price, I can highly recommend the whisky if you like spicy-sweet whiskys and it doesn't always have to be the darkened fruit when it comes to dark sherry barrel whisky.

    I gave a good 89/100 points with a tendency to 90 points.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A malt that is rather spicy and hearty. Not bad, but I would have liked a little more fruit.
    • Nose
      Ovaltine. Blueberries. Steaming mixed bread. Sounds that remind me of my mother's roast wild boar. A couple of herbs. More bitter sherry. Spicy, quite dark oak tones.
    • Taste
      Aronia honey. Grape peel. Caramel that has gotten too dark. Some marzipan. Tobacco and leather. Aromatic oak that is partly reminiscent of oak smoke. Chestnuts.
    • Finish
      Walnuts. Black tea with some milk. Tree bark.

  12. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spices, nuts, old wood, dark dried fruits, wild berry jam, grasses, dark honey
    • Taste
      Blackberries, cocoa powder, chocolate, coffee, nuts, wood,

  14. Dagobert scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great mature Speysider. Rumor has it it is a Glenfarclas - which would suit me well.
    • Nose
      Rose hip, sourdough, a hint of sulfur. Herbaceous and earthy. Bit musty. Bergamot. Soy sauce, prunes, Maggi, old apricots.
      Ever sweeter and fruity over time
    • Taste
      Plum, sour and spicy. Fish sauce. Again in a little bit of sulfur. Pickled cherry.
      Milk chocolate. A little cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Warming, rather sweet. Pleasantly long.

  17. aspa scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nose
    This nose explodes out of the glass. Sherry bomb. Tart, spicy, almost oily. Beeswax, pine needles, forest honey, caramel fudge. The flavors just knock me out. Noticeably sweeter with a little air in the glass, cinnamon and sugar mixed? Still oily, or resinous? Tree sap? I don't know that at all, very interesting. There are fruits, peaches and pears. This bitter smell just doesn't allow me to assign it quite correctly. Bread dough?

    taste
    Exactly the same goes on, resinous, bread, caramel fudge, cinnamon, leather, a little oak and also sweet aromas of forest honey and a little honeycomb. Strong aromas from the spice market, borrowed oriental - I usually associate that with Glen Moray. Malty, nutty and more bread dough again. The alcohol remains very well integrated, which is great with such beautifully aged malts. A bit of pepper towards the finish, and still resinous with fir wood.

    Exit
    Medium length, a slight burning sensation on the tongue - this is where the alcohol shows up for the first time - but only a little. It remains the same range of aromas as before - scherry bomb with caramel fudge, pine resin, spice market and a little oak. For me the dram is interesting but extremely consistent - from nose to taste to finish always the same flavors that are mixed together. That is correct.

    Conclusion
    Delicious sherry bomb, your nose almost knocks you out. The flavors are very special, but delicious. I suppose there will be those who like the dram and those who can't stand it at all.
    N-91, T-88, F-88 for tasty and special 89 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A lot of malt and bread dough on the nose, becomes a little bit sour over time. More dominated by nutty and woody aromas in the mouth. Nice dram!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Here we go:

    N: starts w. Polish...fresh Wood needs time to open..later Sweet ( Waldhonig) A mix of nuts and subtitle dried raisins ( Studentenfutter) , Orange, Apricot, candies apples.../ Spicy, a touch of vanilla.....apple-mint, darker chocolate.. old leather...slight old house ( oak/ woodsmoke and stone )

    T: it's not as full bodied as you would imagine from the. Nose... Waldhonig.....red grapes slightly sour Orange ...slight woodsmoke,hazelnuts darker chocolate ( hanuta dark)..., Muskat and slight cinnamon.. slight salt note..herbal

    F: Apple- Mint and dark chocolate ...oak a different kind.. piment..nelken..some leather...bitter orange..rather long..it hits back

    You get more or less what you can expect ...Classic well matured and balanced Speysider..not Sherry flooded could be of any good destillery there.. didn't try too much Glenrothes that is mentioned above.....It reminds me most of a 1993 Glenfarclas that was available for 60 EUR at the age of 21 some years ago(Whiskybase ID
    58025) with more spices / oak influence...and overall time helps more than water..? (PLV is on the edge of ok considering the age)

    BTW: is it just me wondering how a sherry butt output is only 245 bottles?

    Re-Try / one point up for the nose it's really really good / Who ever has a sulfur note in this one should go and look for truffles ;)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In sum, it is suspiciously similar to the Secret Speyside 1994 WD (181266): very spicy and fruity.
    I therefore suspect a Glenrothes here too.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Oloroso-soaked refill wood, herbs and tree needles, rooibos tea, fine-cut tobacco, light stone fruit, bouillon, honey and beeswax. Opens a little with a few drops of water and exposure to air and then releases a pinch of minty-floral freshness, but remains overall woody-spicy in the basic tone.
      You have to smell your way into it (at first I only had my nose at 86-87 points) and let it draw a lot of air, then it gets quite a depth.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Noticeably thin and snappy on the tongue, it actually needs a little thinning, which doesn't damage the nose either, but the finish (see below).
      It gets sweeter and milder with the addition of water, but it doesn't really inspire him either.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Great finish - but only undiluted, water ruins it. The nice thing is actually not the reverberation at all, but the taste crescendo when it goes down your throat: the impressions roll over and you have simultaneously age aromas, honey sweetness, oak spice, lemon balm and a wonderfully oily, resinous, waxy texture. Unfortunately, it doesn't last that long.

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