Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Number of bottles
64.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Import Germany
Germany Germany
Added on
10 nov 2021 10:03 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 91.78

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Whisky reviews for A Secret Speyside Distillery 2007 BR

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.41 points.

  1. FlamingSpeedy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Haribo Colorado in liquid with a touch of tiramisu. Great whisky. Not disappointed
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very floral. A fresh bouquet of flowers. Tiramisu. A bit peppery. Has a lot of oomph.
    • Taste
      90 90
      My first association was the white confectionary from the Haribo Colorado mix. Honey. Gold juice and some beeswax. A high proportion of chilli due to the alcohol.

      Adding water releases orange notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Licorice, wax and honey. Coffee Liqueur.

      Delicious malt, especially the PLV is right

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  3. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Berry Bros. & Rudd bottled two Secret Speyside whiskys in 2021, both distilled in 2007, both bottled exclusively for Kirsch Whisky. One is a Hogshead - it's a Sherry Monster bottling that failed me. According to the label, this bottling comes from a butt. This is a very succinct statement. But even here, after 14 years, the alcohol strength is still 64.6% vol. present. This whisky was also filled into the cask at well over 70%.

    Whether both whiskys come from the same distillery? No idea. With this bottling, there are at least fewer rumors and more likely to be Glenrothes. The whisky is significantly lighter than the bottling from the Hogshead and, in contrast to this, is still readily available in the summer of 2022 for around €90.

    • Nose
      There's fruit, there's caramel - and there's lactic acid. This is cream caramel with milk, the acidity isn't strong enough to make it unpleasant, but it's definitely there. And of course the alcohol is very present in the nose, which doesn't necessarily have to be the case after 14 years. With water, the lactic acid largely disappears and nutty, warm tones appear, which are good for the whisky.
    • Taste
      Without water, the whisky is difficult for me to enjoy, the alcohol burns powerfully. It gets much better with water, but the alcohol is still strong. This makes such whiskys difficult - it is almost impossible to find the optimal dilution factor. At first the aromas are ok, but are masked by the alcohol - but then it quickly becomes too watery.
    • Finish
      There are wood notes, there are nut notes and then the alcohol explodes again.

      It's also a whisky that came into the cask with too much alcohol under the stipulation of maximum aroma extraction. The flavors have been extracted, sure - but they can't really unfold due to the high alcohol. The whisky has not matured harmoniously, it burns, it is difficult, it riots. But he's not convincing.

      Sure, there are interesting sherry aromas, but they don't unfold well, they are sometimes too artificial. A better result could certainly have been achieved with gentler extraction. There was too much alcohol involved here - and too much alcohol quickly becomes a problem - in people and in whisky.

      I like this whisky better than the Hogshead bottling, the less wood contact in the butt has led to less brute aromas. Nevertheless, this will not be one of my favorite whiskys either.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    leather, sweet toffee, spices, dark fruits, easy modern sherry

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful and sweet, much water recommended
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla galore, custard cream, creme brulee, burned sugar, caramel, toffee, hint of raisins, apple cake, honey, icing sugar, cookie dough
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very punchy, vanilla, cherry, honey, sweet, raisins, little nutty, dried fruits, dates, figs, peppery, ginger, sherry wood
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, burning, sweet, peppery

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2007 15yr Sierra Springs 65.6% review

    A sweet and dessert sherried dram, bold and handles water well. Nice, but a tad simple and heavy on the sherry
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla cream, raisin pie, burnt pie crust,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bold entry, pecan pie, raisin, baking spices,
    • Finish
      86 86
      The sweetness is close to cloying, oak dries a bit, and the spices still linger

  7. MWhite scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. MInimax007 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The whisky is truly powerful. The nose gives it away, the palate regrets it if water is not added. A light Scotish Mist also runs through the glass immediately as a whiff. A beautiful light brown is actually enriched with orange color nuances.

    A mixture of dried fruit, leather and wood spice is stated on the back of the bottle for the smell. This was also my very first impression. Then I gave the whisky 14 minutes. The smell becomes more vanilla, "warmer", light notes of nuts. The song "In der Wiehnachtsbäckerei.." shot through my head. The constant nosing is really great fun.

    Even with water, the whisky still has a lot of power, which is reflected as "sharpness" on the tongue. The sweetness of vanilla placed in the nose is looked for in vain. The finish gives the wood ample space. The taste in the mouth changes elegantly. You know immediately that you have drunk a good drop.

    You could describe the finish as long. In any case, the barrel taste lingers on the tongue for a long time, which turns into a little fruit at the very end.

    The whisky reminds me of the intensity of smell and taste of the 1980s bottlings from Speyside. Nice that something like this is bottled again today.

  9. JosMei scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Exciting, could be Glenrothes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dried fruit, oak, a little leather, a few raisins.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft, figs, dates, strong honey content and delicious sherry.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long lasting, sherry, honey and fine spices.

  10. Koloman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A typical Glenrothes.

  11. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice, clean and fruity kind of sherry maturation, without sulphur. However it gets a bit dry. It also needs a bit of water due to the high abv %. Overall, with the right amount of water the initial mouthfeel is highly satisfying.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. jazzvilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  13. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Glenrothes? Yes, I would definitely support it in terms of taste. Nice earthy, elegant and with water also pleasantly fruity.
    Great PLV.
    Unfortunately it looks a bit young due to the high alcohol content, so adding water is definitely recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. macci1972 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A nice dram. Very tasty and recommended for those who like an elegant “sherry whisky”. No sulfur, but classic aromas of a whisky that has matured in a sherry barrel in a few years.

    The sparrows at the Bottle Market in Bremen whistled from the rooftops that we have a Glenrothes in our glass!


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