Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Finest Whisky Berlin
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Cask
Batch No. 7
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
picture shows Clynelish Distillery
Added on
02 jun 2021 9:13 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 308.70

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Distillery 1996 Sb

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.15 points

  1. Segens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    this is number #4 of the 1996 Clynelish from Sansibar that was released in the last months - after Clans, Koi & Whiskynerds this is the 4th cask bottled in 2020 - all matured in a Bourbon Cask and all similar amount of bottles and alcohol ABV.
    This one is slightly different to the three others as it is not as fruity but more into sour green apple flavor and not so much into sweet fruits - Palate is really fantastic and offering a lot of different flavors making this dram quite complex.
    My ranking would be:
    #1 Clans
    #2 Whiskynerds
    #3 FinestWhisky
    #4 Koi
    but all 4 top notch!

  2. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Mineral and herbaceous with a sour side of green apple. Clear notes of beeswax and propolis.
    Some fruit in the form of pear, apple, tangerine. Grated orange peel.

    Quite burning pure, personally too much alcoholic for me when starting out.
    With a few drops of water on the drum, the malt opens up nicely.
    Very, very oily in the mouth and there is a lot to discover.
    Waxy honey notes (dark honey), fruit notes of mirabelle plum, quince and apple, some tangerine. A note of herbal tea (sage and rosemary).
    Diluted to about 46%, the fruity side comes out really strong.

    With a few drops of water, it is more oak-accentuated, and with around 48% it comes across as nicely fruity and waxy, with only a slight bitterness.


    A malt that only works properly for me with water. From my point of view, a good example of the fact that it is not always necessary to use cask strength or that this is not always optimal.
    However, the joy of experimentation is rewarded with a really great, versatile and multi-layered malt. Even if the label is ambiguous with regard to the distillery, we tend to a distillery from Sutherland.

    After trying it several times and making a direct comparison with a supposed sister barrel, I revise it from 91 to 90 points

  3. voodoochile scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A little highland secret waiting to be uncovered. A top notch Clynelish. I never had bad ones but this one stands out.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Minerals and fruits going hand in hand with this one. A little spice and mint and almost down in the throat there's oak to find.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily and smooth in the beginning. Honey coming through, spices and lemon with a hint of wax
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long with the spices still clinging to the throat also the wax stands out more than before.

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Phew, that's exhausting. Without water, it remains monotonous, but finding the right balance proves tricky. In addition, even with a good shot of water, the almost hot spiciness does not disappear. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/14/secrets-of-sansibar/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Julia E S scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    10cl samples

    sample tasting

    Nose: Very creamy, malty and fruity with yoghurt, curd cheese, short pastry, cheesecake, Mirabelle plums, peach, lime, lemon and subtle notes of wax. Not a wax monster compared to other Clynelish whiskys.

    In the mouth, the aromas are a lot more intense, great strong attack, pleasantly oily, discreetly waxy.

    In the finish, the fruit mix becomes more exotic with mango and papaya and alternates with a pleasant oak and beautiful pastry notes.

    A very great finish long and complex. A really very successful bottling!

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Mineral with orchard fruits, yellow fruits, citrus, some tropical notes, great fruitiness, excellent

  9. Kaydouble scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: First mineral tones, then floral and fruity notes reminiscent of lemongrass and tart green apples.

    Taste: Wow the cask strength really hits! I had to add a few drops of water here. Now it opens with dark honey aromas, beautifully fruity with mirabelle plum, then pleasant herbal aromas towards sage together with a peppery spiciness.

    Finish: Long lasting and quite dry again with herbs. It reminds me of tonic water.

    Conclusion: So far this is one of the few CS bottlings where I think a little less alcohol content would be better. With a few drops of water, however, it is a super tasty single malt for me that is very complex and really fun.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, spicy and pretty drinkable - some water is recommended though
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense, quince, lemon, minerals, stones, honeydew, white pepper, vanilla, dry hay, hints of ripe banana, whiffs of cigar tobacco, cookie dough - pretty good!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, citric, spicy, good sweetness, more lemons, lemon peel, quince, minerals, green tobacco leaves, honey, pepper, some herbs, yellow fruits, green banana - very good!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, more lemon peel, herbal, hints of grapefruit and little leafy - some water recommended

  11. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Blind I would have guessed it even younger. With water, the nose looks a bit older, but then in the mouth there is a little lack of authority. Certainly not a bad malt. At this price, however, I expect a lot more. Somehow it didn't suit my taste.
    • Nose
      Apple and pear. Maybe a little canned mandarine too. Orange peel. Mineral hints. Pineapple. Sour wine gum. Lemongrass. A couple of bread notes. A bit of tree resin and lit candle wick.
    • Taste
      Beautiful sweetie. Honey and maple syrup. Peach. Sea buckthorn. Again mineral notes, but they seem a bit dull. Clear wood flavor, which comes across as a bit hot and not so elegant. Also white pepper.
    • Finish
      Grapefruit. Some cinchona bark. Tonic water.

  13. larswehmeier scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great multilayered dram. Perfect alcohol strength.
    • Nose
      A mineral approach that is reminiscent of chalk. Behind it then wonderfully sweet. Young banana. Lots of vanilla. Some fresh menthol.
      Over time, it just gets cuter. Sometime reminiscent of toffee and other sweets.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly finely sour start. Gooseberry and citrus fruits. Great maturity with tobacco and herbal-herbal tones. Spicy on the tongue. Even a touch of chili.
    • Finish
      Warming. Dry. Herbal. A bit of banana very late.

  14. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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