Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Stated Age
14 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 mar 2022 8:00 pm by niklas080690
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 134.45

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Whisky reviews for Secret Orkney Distillery 14-year-old BW

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.54 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Secret Orkney, that's rare in the Brühl whisky house. Fortunately, the origin is not that mysterious, as it is known that of the two distilleries on Orkney, only Highland Park sells casks to independent bottlers and Scapa only fulfills existing contracts. To be on the safe side, the rocket bears the identifier 179HP8 on the label. So then – a Highland Park, matured or post-matured in Refill Sherry Hogshead, 14 years old and beautifully dark golden.

    • Nose
      The nose reveals the Highland Park, even if the smoke is very subdued. A smoky note is there, isn't it? There is also spice, fermented fruit, warm honey and fresh alcohol. It's all strong and bitter. With a little water, the whisky becomes sweeter on the nose and there are also fruit aromas, tart orange peel.
    • Taste
      The alcohol pushes hard and the whisky needs water. Then the flavors become nutty, tart nut chocolate with whole nuts. The Highland Park smoke is also more in the background in the taste, there is sherry spice, which is well interwoven and does not appear artificial. Fruit is associated with the chocolate, the nuts are joined by a few currants and orange zest.
    • Finish
      The finish is slightly dry with tart herbs and wood and bitter chocolate that melts in the mouth.

      This Secret Orkney is very different from the inflationary single casks from Highland Park, which are usually very dark and then taste like sherry. There were no dried sherry residues in this sherry hogshead, which leads to well-woven aromas and an interesting overall impression. This isn't Highland Park flattering or syrupy sweet. This is a Highland Park that goes well with the islands to the north, with the dark clouds over Hobbister Moor. Not quite typical Highland Park - but in the end better than many single cask distillery bottlings. I like it.

  2. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical sherry malt with a good harmony and balance between cask and distillery. Everything fits together really well here. I think the nose is great, the rest is quite solid.
    • Nose
      89 89
      It starts, which I find somewhat typical for many ADoS, with dark intense sherry notes. Dried fruit, prunes, oranges, raisins, figs, plus a certain nut-rum-chocolate character, very slightly smoky in my opinion, some tobacco supports the smoke slightly. In the background some leather and a few spices like cinnamon, marzipan. When the first load of sherry has settled, more and more honey-sweet aromas and more subtle smoke come into play. Light BBQ feeling with greasy notes and light vanilla pudding.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Here, too, an intense start on the palate. For me here not so much sherry-heavy but rather spicy, peppery-hot with a good portion of dark fruit aromas. Plum must, prunes, cherries. It all seems very sweet and juicy. Some bitter woody aromas are there, but not disturbing. The alcohol pushes these wood aromas and this peppery sharpness forward quite well, but it is well integrated. He just has power. Then comes vanilla tobacco, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and a lighter
      smoke flavor.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-length finish, again a sweet-spicy, slightly peppery spiciness emerges. Is creamier in the finish with more cocoa, nougat and dark dried fruit. The already low smoke fades quickly.

  3. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    From the framework data and descriptions, it should be exactly my bottling. But somehow I'm missing something that I can't describe exactly. Nevertheless, a good and pleasing bottling.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very sweet, raisins, dates, berries, some herbs. Behind some campfire smoke and heather.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Here the peat smoke pushes ahead, immediately afterwards a lot of barrel spice with chocolate and coffee, but by no means bitter.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Balanced between the fruitiness and spiciness of the cask. The distillate is also still discreetly perceptible. A small false note, it could be a sulfur compound, is also present in the background

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm often not a huge fan of the ADoS bottlings, but overall I like this one a lot. As expected, the sherry cask influence is clearly noticeable. What I like about it is that it doesn't have this "flat" interchangeable modern sherry profile, but also shows some old-school character.
    • Nose
      88 88
      dark sherry notes; plums; raisins; some cherry chocolate; tobacco and leather notes; old notes of wood; there is a very faint smoke in the background
    • Taste
      88 88
      spicy; Sweet; Tobacco; some leather; the plums again; raisins; dark chocolate; Nutmeg; pepper tingling on the tongue; old (damp) woody notes
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet-spicy; peppery; dark dried fruit; dark chocolate; delicately tart oak notes; delicate smoke; however, the malt fades a little on the palate and nose

  6. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The spaceship is marked "179HP8" - a subtle reference to the Highland Park Distillery, founded in 1798. And while I find today's original bottlings from HP disappointing and insignificant in terms of quality, many independently bottled HPs have won me over lately.

    This one too?
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose starts with classic sherry notes of dark fruits, prunes, leather, raisins and lovage. It quickly becomes apparent that this is also a typical Marco cask, as we have often seen in recent bottlings. On the one hand, that's a pity, because I was hoping for a more subtle cask influence because of the refill sherry cask - but on the other hand, it's also a promising and safe bet for all sherry fans. But actually, as soon as I saw the color, it was clear to me that the more subtle influence would not work. :-)

      These notes are beautifully complemented by the HP character: pleasant honey sweetness, delicate smoke that struggles not to get stuck in the dense aromas of the barrel - and then hints of banana Nutella crepes, pineapple, BBQ sauce and bacon.

      Fortunately, the distillery character is not completely overwhelmed by the cask - the complexity of the aroma is just such that you are not overwhelmed by it and still have something to "dig around". Absolutely high quality and delicious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate, the HP starts out peppery-fresh and powerful, but pleasant. Overripe, juicy plums, forest honey, dark chocolate, moist tobacco and nutmeg dance very intensively on the tongue, so that I no longer notice much of the HP smoke. Leather, dark fruit juice and damp oak are added over time.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium-long and lets the aforementioned fruits become a bit drier. A pleasant oak bitterness with espresso and chocolate shavings let the whisky fade away.


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