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Overall rating
89.86/100
votes
68
Whiskybase ID
WB196310
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
The Clans Label
Vintage
1999
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
676
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4260653060806
Added on
16 nov 2021 5:09 pm by aryehf
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 194.32

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141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Orkney 1999 SB

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.86 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] The distillery can be guessed even without opening a bottle because Highland Park only produced on Orkney from 1994 to 2004 (Scapa was mothballed except for some very rare occasional distillation runs done by the nearby HP staff to keep the equipment intact - but I doubt any of these Scapa casks were ever sold to IB's)...

    ...and after I opened this bottle it became obvious: This is another fine old Highland Park from one of the best periods of this excellent distillery. All lovers of heavy sherried drinks should shy away from this bottling because the sherry is rather subtle and not very impressive to you, most probably. The malt is leading this harmonic orchestration of aromas and flavours (as it should be in a whisky) but all other impressions of the wine and wood shine brightly too. I adore such drams!

    PS: This could well be one of these rare "excellent 4th fill maturations" given the flabbergasting harmony of the holy whisky trinity (malt, wine, wood) and the resulting complexity of flavours. In that respect it comes close to my beloved 4th fill Glenfarclas Family Casks - but it owns a different profile (Highland Park), of course. And it proves (again) that 18-21 years of maturation is the best age for malt whiskies (stated by dear old Silvio Samaroli first, R.I.P.), most probably.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is old gold and the nose is a little shy first (so I was tempted to go for a Scapa experimentational run instead of Highland Park). But this changed quickly after some minutes of oxidation and the trademark impressive HP profile unfolded with all the honeys, oils, waxes, heather flowers and whiffs of peat which can be found in there, usually. It grows stronger the longer it breathes so take your time with this nose - and use a big spherical blender's glass, if available. The sherry stays rather shy but it adds delicious subtle aromas to the mix - you have to search for them (which is fun, I swear!). I had this nose at 89 points at the beginning of the tasting session and then it went all the way up to the above score...
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered with again rather shy sherry flavours which let the powerful and delicious HP malt shine very brightly. Not that the sherry is overpowered by the malt, it is just that the malt is in the driver's seat but the sherry sits right beside it. The wood is perfect with a firm structure in the background without trying to enter the spotlight (as I like it). That is what I call a balanced dram! Some water unlocks even more aromas in the nose (the fruits grow stronger) but the layers start to intermingle now. A bigger reduction releases resinous and chalky aromas both in the nose and on the palate which is a quite interesting addition to the profile. I like this dram neat and reduced at different levers - it swims like Michael Phelps (or Mark Spitz, for all who are a little older already).
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is as impressive as a HP should be with a warming, creamy texture coating all of my mouth within seconds - oh, how I love that! The finish is accordingly very long and adds more impressions of autumn flowers (heather), herbs and an interesting note of excellent olive oil (wow, that is rather unusual). Not the slightest off-note or imbalance again and not a single bitter or drying moment, these casks were bottled at a perfect time.

      Just to be on the safe side I want to state this again: This is a dram for all lovers of delicate, balanced and complex malts and it requires both some patience and effort to discover all of its secrets. If you are in whisky for the quick and easy thrill (which is absolutely okay) you may find this dram rather average only, I guess.

  2. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Chic whole, balanced whisky, dense and full-bodied. Perfect for a winter evening. Thanks to Kegelbogen for the sample
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dessert, honey, sweet mango, ripe citruses, passion fruit and bananas, vanilla and confectionery spices, light peat and salty smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lemons in honey, ripe juicy pears, thick, viscous, dessert
    • Finish
      90 90
      Viscous citruses in vanilla, marmalade and lollipops, long-lasting warming

  3. Julia E S scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Secret Orkney 1999 Zanzibar

    Nose

    Very very refill sherry, the sherry influence is hardly there,
    Forest honey, cereals, orange juice, amarettini, bitter almonds, slightly alcoholic, astringent and a little too bitter.
    It really takes a long time for your nose to settle down and become more comfortable.

    taste
    More pleasant in taste than in the nose, apricots, soft cakes, far less bitter almonds, clear sweetness, the alcohol is well integrated.

    In the finish then grassy, hay, wholemeal biscuits, vanilla and amarettini.

    It takes a long time to develop its potential. But there are more exciting whiskys at this price. I wouldn't buy again.

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    You really can't go wrong with the inherent complexity of the HP distillate. Just let it sit in a mellowed-out cask for 20 years, and tadah: you have a 90-point malt for sure.

    Reminds me a lot of a similar, re-re-refill-oriented HP bottling, WB136933. This is equally good, even a bit better, but regrettably, it costs almost twice as much.

    Tasted in direct comparison with WB107411.
    • Nose
      89 89
      No way I'd recognize this as an ex-sherry bottling in a blind tasting. An extremely restrained refill cask that lets the spirit talk. The focus is on the typical HP herbal aromas (gorse, camphor, heather...), honeyed sweetness, creamy pastry-like notes, and soft smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful yet harmonious. Nicely structured development, beginning on oak and fruits (apricot and papaya, perhaps), then continuing on honey and brown sugar, before the tart herbs and oak spice build up into a tidal wave that comes crashing down alongside a cloud of trademark ashy HP peat smoke. After a few sips there's perhaps a slight sense of caramel and nuttiness hinting at refill ex-sherry wood. Excellent.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Honey, sea salt, rosemary, guava, pink grapefruit, and heathery / ashy peat smoke.
      Long, with tart herbs and ash as the last impressions to leave.

  5. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    great whisky, elegant, rich in finesse and full of nuances. Otherwise thanks to the detailed notes from hs305.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. voodoochile scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I really liked this one. It's got everything you expect from a secret orkney distillery which can only be one of the two distilleries located there
    • Nose
      89 89
      This one does need time. But you'll be rewarded. Dried fruits,honey, a hint of wax and mediterranian notes, vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      I honestly do wonder where the waxy notes come from but hey i like them. Sherry notes coming through with red dried fruits and honey.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and nice, the oak comes through in the end and again waxy notes which i didn't have in other Highland Parks. But very nicely balanced.

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, strong and at the same time harmoniously balanced Highland Park with the classic aroma components of this distillery. The sherry cask is very reserved here.
    • Nose
      sweet-spicy; bright fruits; citrus notes; Honey; heather; some vanilla; a nice delicate smoke to accompany everything
    • Taste
      viscous nice mouthfeel; bright fruits; Honey; herbal notes; Oak
    • Finish
      sparkling peppery-spicy; delicate fruit, heather; herbal notes; Oak; delicate smoke lingers

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Goes with and without water, always cuts a good figure and knows how to impress with details and balance. Chic refill sherry. A sample is not enough, you need a whole bottle of it to share with friends at times. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/14/secrets-of-sansibar/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. n11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  12. d1scostu scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Hagerboe scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  14. tommi71 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  15. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  17. KILLSWLTCH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  19. yarikovsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23-23-22-22

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