Whiskybase
Overall rating
88.18/100
votes
62
Whiskybase ID
WB182398
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Joint Bottling with deinwhisky.de
Vintage
1994
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
245
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Colourful Wildlife
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Added on
27 Apr 2021 9:09 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.66

33 × in wishlist

62 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside 1994 Sb

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.18 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. ColdAesthetics 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

  5. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Here we go:

    N: Sweet ( Waldhonig) A mix of nuts and dried raisins ( Studentenfutter) , Apricot.../ spicy Liebstöckl, a touch of vanilla...canidid orange..mint, chocolate.. old leather...old house ( oak/ woodsmoke and stone )

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

    F: Mint and dark chocolate ...oak a different kind.. piment..nelken..old 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
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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