Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Bottling serie
Art Nouveau
Stated Age
14 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Sep 2021 10:13 pm by Jour.Ray

Average value

€ 89.00

12 × in wishlist

72 × member ratings

155 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Highland Distillery 2006 WD

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.20 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Looks older than 14 years. And is unmistakably a Clynelish.
    And yes, there is alcohol in it ;)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fine 'coastal' aromas such as wet pebbles, saltwater spray and fresh lemons as a picnic on a blooming sea lavender meadow.
    • Taste
      89 89
      At first a bit restless and almost angry. Luckily, with a few drops of water and a little time, a delicious and creamy honey world with candied ginger with lemon curd and mustard oil opens up - and the whole thing becomes more and more complex and yet remains round and beautiful :)
    • Finish
      87 87
      The refreshing continues in a long finish with a great balance of bitterness, sweet and sour lemon candy and honeydew melon sprinkled with white pepper.

  2. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Retail price: 75-80€
    According to some not so subtle hints, this is Clynelish.

    A nice surprise!
    Blind I would have thought that this has to be older than 14yo. Besides its colour, the caskinfluence is clearly there.

  3. Bene37 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: citrus, wax, honey, sparkling, a few dates, figs and raisins, floral and somewhat grassy, oranges, apples - great nose!

    Palate: tangy and tingling, citrus, orange, honey, a few dates and figs, wax, apples, some sharpness from the not so well integrated alcohol

    Finish: sparkling, medium-long, waxy and citrus

    Evaluation: the nose is great, the rest is "only" good; it sparkles in a tour and has wax, citrus and a few notes of sherry (dates and figs) to offer. It has something, but it just misses the rating "very good" because of the not so well integrated alcohol.

  4. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty and typical Clynelish for a reasonable price.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Orange jam, biscuits, wax, slightly maritime and also mineral, almonds, vanilla croissants
    • Taste
      88 88
      Minerally powerful, citrus-heavy, orange peel without end, slight dryness with a lot of oak spice, always creamier at the back
    • Finish
      86 86
      Again a lot of citrus in the form of orange peel, nicely spicy with a pleasant bitterness

  5. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The smell is initially quite alcoholic and flat. Time and air help the nose on the jumps, water rather not. That at most softens the rather tart and spicy taste. It takes a lot of getting used to, a bit like a pitched-up Glenfarclas. 4th Fill seasoning or would you chew on ginger. As written: water helps.
    76 pts is really hard, 88-90 but also ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light fruits, pears, ripe apples and Italian white nougat with nuts.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Initially still pleasantly mild and oily to begin with, the barrel wort quickly announces itself. Definitely more bearable with water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A little too hot and spicy for my taste.

  6. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Very nice dram. Clearly recognizable as Clynelish…love it.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    yeast party! :)

    Contrary to some of the notes here, I find that he looks younger than 14 years, not older. And you have to like it tart to spicy, especially on the palate. Urgently needs water (or alternatively a lot of air), but it can't really be balanced that way either.

    In and of itself I like the style, but more so with older malts. The moderate maturing time was not enough here to sand down the very rough edges.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Hey, yeasty, hello.
      Salt dough, yeast dough, mash, wheat beer. Nothing to feel from the sherry at first, zero point garb. Or just with a lot of imagination a slightly reddish acid (red currant?).
      Behind the wax, with a greasy touch. Gets rounder with more air exposure. 82 points without, 84 with water and/or leaving it in the glass for a long time.
      All in all, a very natural looking and – to put it mildly – *restrained* matured Crypto-Clynelish.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Hot and tart at first, spicy and mineral in the middle and then creamy and increasingly sweet towards the end. Up to the middle it seems to me more like a post-97 Glen Garioch due to this tart-hot-astringent uncompromisingness. Towards the end it becomes clear why Clynelish enjoys this certain reputation: the distillate alone turns things around, the cask has nothing to report (except maybe a distant herbal note). Great sweetness and creaminess, waxy, greasy, dense, with a floral-fragrant impact. Unfortunately, the alcohol bites the tongue again afterwards and promptly irons away the nuances that have just been revealed.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Again relatively hot and tart. White pepper, aspirin powder, followed by the distilled sweetener. No trace of fruit other than citrus.

  9. FrankH scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    In the Whisky-Doris instructions it was said that this single malt should be given plenty of time to breathe so that all the aromas can develop.

    So tearing open the bottle and trying it right away is user error and not the fault of the product.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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