Overall rating
89.04/100
votes
56
Whiskybase ID
WB194756
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
White Label
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
284
Strength
44.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
White Label
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Added on
29 oct 2021 10:56 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 219.90

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Whisky reviews for Secret Speyside 1993 Sb

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.04 points.

  1. Isabell scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    hs305 sums it up aptly - flawless sherry malt with an old-school twist. Gladly more of it. The issue price is definitely okay by today's standards.
    Slaintè!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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  3. Gandi did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bought for NOK 3,692, auction, 2022

  4. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. eddi14 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    total sherry Not overwhelming, but full and round. Behind some coconut and orange. Unfortunately lost in the mouth. Sharper, watery and less flavor. Tasty finish dominated by sherry notes.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Tordeaux scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Drum scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very nice nose, the sherry is omnipresent with oak and many notes that I like. It could be a bit stronger in the mouth, but I really liked the finish with the retronasal barrel association! A great whisky, where there is certainly more to discover.
    • Nose
      Deep and beautiful sherry notes, sweet and absolutely mild and initially somewhat closed. Soapy, with turnip greens, pastries, baklava and honey, the aromas with honey, flowers, roasted nuts with fine leather and pipe tobacco in the baggage hit my senses.
    • Taste
      Reserved at first, and a bit thin on the tongue but then the nose continues. A gentle tingle on the tongue brings sherry, pastries, oak with a sour note that reminds me of oranges and tangerines. The mouthfeel is velvety, and there is also pipe tobacco and rum chocolate with pralines.
    • Finish
      Sweet, mentholic, warm and somewhat astringent. Now comes the floral side, flowers and flower soap with liquorice and oak. When I close my eyes and breathe out, I feel like I'm standing in a barrel store. Eicher and Angelsshare.

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Setepijo scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Very nice...
    Maybe... M.....?

  12. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    easy drinkable but nothing special...

    too pricey for what it delivers...

    no sulfur, no off notes.

    overall a 'quiet' malt. not the type of sherry malt I prefer
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Palate rested for hours, my nose in tip-top shape.

    any worn-out sherry nose - unbelievably one-dimensional and boring - slightly mineral

    flat on the palate, rather woody, a little one-dimensional sherry - toffee, dark chocolate, prunes, bitter, thin - I still have 3cl - it might taste better next time - every boring Allachie 15 is tastier
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Will_iam scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  16. mrwhiskynl scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Sister cask of 177540, check out the label and you will see what distillery this bottle is from:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/177540/secret-speyside-malt-1993-sb

  17. aspa scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The beautiful secret speyside from sansibar / deinwhisky.de with the great white label ...

    nose
    A sweet sherry bomb that is less overloaded with sherry than you might suspect from the color - great! A mixture of brown, slightly caramelized sugar, cane sugar, cinnamon and liquorice, for example, as sweet flavors that also play a nice game with earthy and slightly woody flavors. Here I come back to my favorite aroma: Spicy and bitter forest honey! The whisky looks sticky and almost viscous, if you can say that about a smell. The spice gets stronger, but it is this game of spicy and sweet that fascinates. It's a bit in the direction of a marinade for a steak when you mix paprika and other spices with honey - spicy and sweet at the same time.
    The alcohol is perfectly integrated, the 28 years fit here. Powerful but velvety soft without burning or stinging. It's only 44.9% alcohol, luckily the dram is still very strong and aromatic!

    taste
    Furthermore, with perfectly integrated alcohol, the whisky flows smoothly over the tongue. The aromas push strongly, and the spicy side dominates first before the sweetness comes out. Woody in the background or as a base, plus spicy forest honey, some oil, light wax and then also liquorice and cinnamon. It is not only the modern sherry flavors that dominate, although one or the other raisins can be found and some leather and black chocolate mixes with it. It stays significantly more on the spicy than the sweet side. An excellent mix of flavors that knows how to please. The 44.9% alcohol has a surprising amount of power but still absolutely zero unpleasant alcohol.

    Exit
    The taste actually continues, the spice dominates, the wood comes out a little more. A touch of bitterness and old, slightly moldy wood. Strong liquorice. The tart and spicy film sticks to the tongue and the palate for a long time and spreads the great taste of this dram for minutes. That's perfect! The sweetness is now only in the memory, the forest honey has been replaced by the spices.

    Conclusion
    An extremely successful bottling, which is now going to really shake my buying ban. I have to admit that I also find the label extremely beautiful and harmonious - and I actually allow myself to be influenced by something like that. So everything fits here - even with the price you can't complain by today's standards.

    N-92, T-91, F-91 for very successful 91 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    In principle, the colleague hs305 described the whisky perfectly, so this time only a short version of my first impressions. When I read “Glenrothes”, all the negative associations Rothes had about our trip to Scotland in 2017 came back to my head: terrible dump, scary hotel, lousy service and, above all, not a single Glenrothes that even remotely tasted would have. This is different with this one. I like it very much, it is interesting to explore, dignified, old, sedate, sweet, earthy, but without being boring. On the contrary: the more time you give it in the glass, the better it gets. The label has become very nice again (the eye drinks too) and the issue price of currently 219 euros is okay. 90 points from me. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Flawless sherry profile, dark fruits, very balanced, no missing notes, waxy, earthy, the alcohol barely noticeable. Perfect balance between barrel, malt and sherry.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The 44.9% are stronger than expected at first, but not intrusive, but quickly subside. The nosing continues in the mouth, everything is very pleasing. Gradually sweeter, more sherry, chocolate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and warming, chocolate, slowly becoming earthier and bitter.

  19. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] Another "Secret Speyside" release and I am curious (as always) if I can find out which distillery produced this dram, most probably...

    ...and my best guess is Glenrothes (actually, I am pretty sure). And this is one of the best Glenrothes drams I had for a long time with a complex and perfectly balanced profile without any off-note or flaw. Great stuff to quaff, and certainly at eye-level with the 'farclas Family Casks editions (quality-wise, the profile is different of course).

    [February, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and like it even a little better, especially on the palate and finish. I am tempted to raise the score to 91 points but I leave it as it was with the first impressions.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile which leaves enough space for the malt aromas to enfold (ooh, I like that!). This is a rather delicate nose so whoever expected a sherry monster (given the dark colour) might be disappointed - while I am happy. The malt adds a lot of waxes and floral-earthy aromas with rather limited fruits and honeys, so given this profile I guess it was distilled at Glenrothes. This impression strengthens upon breathing as the trademark fine Glenrothes aromas grow stronger on oxidation.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is perfectly balanced too with flawless modern sherry flavours floating in a spicy malty-waxy-oily sauce within a firm wooden framework. There are different layers to discover and all of them are pretty delicate and interesting - and by the way this all reminds me again of some of the best Glenrothes drams I had so far. After some chewing the barley sugars and sherry flavours team up to create an impression of dark chocolate, actually a spiced dark chocolate. Adorable!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on my palate without distracting moments. This is an excellent mouthfeel, I really like it. The finish is long and adds more of the tasty chocolatey impressions and these perfect old-stylish waxy notes (Glenrothes is famous for). There is a bitter-astringent moment towards the very end of the finish (tannins) but this is not really distracting. Water smooths the dram further but the layers intermingle now, actually I prefer the neat dram (which is at a perfect drinking strength anyway).

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