Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
53.5 % Vol.
700 ml
de Germany
Added on
24 Oct 2021 9:22 am by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 319.90

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82 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Islay Distillery 1993 Ma

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.27 points

  1. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    First impression from the freshly opened bottle:

    First association right after pouring: A Laphroaig 10CS in old and venerable.

    Really delicious stuff that Dino had bottled here. I like the mouthfeel even better than the nose. Overall evaluation approx. 90 to 91 points. (89 / 90-91 / 91)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Maritime nose, fresh and slightly salty, very subtle smoke that has clearly broken down in the barrel over the years. Fruits in the form of citrus, orange, after a while they become sweeter and a little more tropical: tangerine, apricot, papaya, also a little vanilla emerges. And again and again the light smoke aromas, combined with pleasant oak flavor.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is surprisingly sweet and fruity, and pleasingly powerful. Alcohol and tannins slowly occupy the tongue, tropical fruit, vanilla, oak, the smoke is again very reserved.
      Comparatively long and intense finish, without anything new, but also without bitterness. Very nice.
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. rampah scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Rumored to be a Laphroaig.

  3. kringo86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice floral and somewhat fruity nose. The spicy edge in the mouth reminds me of another secret speyside bottling of mancarella that i am really not a big fan of. First i thought of laphroaig but the slightly floral nose and the blood oranges reminded me of bowmore. Anyhow overall quite good but maybe not my favourite type of old islay...

  4. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me this is Bowmore. Time and a drop of water rewards the patient connoisseur. This i not a whisky to rush.
    Very well rounded and still smoky after 28y.
    Yet again a great bottling by Mancarella.

  5. SteveW110 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Yesterday in good company there was another "Secret". This time a Secret Islay with a full old age.
    Without indulging in notes for a long time, for me it is a rough and very alcoholic whisky. Even with a little water, you can tickle little or no aromas here.
    No matter which distillery this whisky came from, I find it quite exhausting to drink.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Shy (on the nose) and sharper (on the palate) than expected.
    • Nose
      86 86
      It shimmers slightly floral through the already heavily degraded smoke. Pleasantly old, clear and without missing notes, but also somehow... dull, or not particularly clear or present.

      Seems to have passed its zenith a long time ago...
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ashy, charred, tart, also quite dull here. A bit snappy despite the old age.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly sour and lemony, then herbal and peaty.

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Ed Radour scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. KlLLSWlTCH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91


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