Overall rating
89.51/100
votes
41
Whiskybase ID
WB208711
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Vintage
10.1990
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
Twj-Gl-1990-3
Number of bottles
204
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 apr 2022 12:25 am by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 302.45

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Whisky reviews for Secret Speyside 1990 TWJ

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.51 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    At initial retail price of 250-280 €, a near no-brainer if you consider what a similarly-aged Family Cask bottling would cost you.

    I'd not recommend adding much water – one or two drops at most.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Instantly waxy and *old* on the nose, with a great sense of rich, creamy texture. The sherry hoggie remains well-mannered in the background, providing a marzipan-like sweetness and rather shy red fruit notes. Love the balance between oak and spirit here. Despite its 31 years, it's not oaky at all, and the (cough, cough: ***farclas) distillery character comes through nicely, with a fat, orange-y, weighty, biscuity baseline.
      As far as individual aromas go, I'm getting aged prosciutto, aceto balsamico, licorice, leather, almond, blood orange, orange blossom, apricot, Cherry Heering, Schwarzwälder Kirsch, a whiff of eukalyptus and/or menthol, and mellow / creamy old oak.
      A bit closed initially, perhaps, but that can be ameliorated with time / air.
    • Taste
      91 91
      As expected, super rich and creamy on the tongue, with an oily weight and lovely texture. There's a minty freshness weaving its way through everything that IMHO does not come from the alcohol but rather from the old oak. A bit of juicy, fruity sherry (whether PX or Oloroso I couldn't tell you, since the sherry influence is so understated, but I'd be inclined to think it's the former), and loads of tiny, herbal and spicy moments coming from the refill wood, without any aggressive aspects.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty long and very mellow fadeout, without any new flavors, major highlights or bad surprises. Marzipan comes in big again. More resiny wood now, but not going overboard with it. I can't quite put my finger on why the finish seems a bit of a letdown, but somehow that's my impression.

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  3. TomP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. sphinx scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Summer to Autumn

    We previously tasted some Secret Speyside from The Whisky Jury, but fortunately Joeri makes it a bit easy for us to find out which distillery made this liquid. You only have to look at the label and especially at the font used. No? Another hint? The distillery is a proverbial stone's throw from the Blacksboat Railway Station. Let's get a taste right away.

    The nose starts rather subtle, but you immediately notice that it has the potential to become very complex and old school, so I give it some time and hand warmth. Yes, a sigh of red fruit develops, while notes of marzipan and mandarins appear, complemented by a handful of hazelnuts and fig jam. Slowly but surely it becomes very creamy and apricots and some eucalyptus appear. After about three minutes it really gets going.

    Creamy on the tongue and yet relatively light at the same time. Nice and sweet on raisins, mandarins, melon, cherries and peach, but soon this becomes nice and spicy with black pepper, cloves, camphor and a pinch of cinnamon. The fruit is complemented by walnuts and salted caramel. Evolves from summer to autumn.

    The finish is excellent. Long, warm and spicy with something of autumn leaves and marzipan on the deathbed.

    Very enjoyable!

  6. Foamy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    vanilla, marzipan, nuts, tobacco, bit of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, very pleasant, balanced sherry wood

  8. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Fruity and drinkable - very nice!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Plenty of vanilla, nuts, liquorice, toffee, caramel, dates, plums, marzipan, cookie dough, custard cream, stewed fruits, apricot jam - pretty good!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, fruity, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, plum, subtle sweetness, apricot, jam, spices, orange peel, pepper, oak wood - really good!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, fruity, vanilla, honey, spices, cinnamon, pepper, some woody notes

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. JungleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. junior_y scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Ginger candy, a scrap of persimmons, some Mandarin oranges. Hami melon and some smooth toffee. Some new WPC furniture after a sip. Not bad but it's pretty weak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Hami melon, new wooden chair, furniture polish, mandarin oranges, some engine oil, the body became pretty oily before showing black olives, walnuts, resin, peach core and a bit of camphor.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fresh walnuts, a bit of resin and camphor, dried leaves, creamy ginseng and grassroots. Almond butter cookies after 1min.

  14. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good farclas.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. pbe3300 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nice complex!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wonderful complex fragrance palette! Apricot, vanilla almond kernel and peppermint...
    • Taste
      90 90
      Delicious flavor bomb, a little citrus zest, mint and walnuts...
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nice long aftertaste...

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