Overall rating
86.98/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB215096
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Vintage
21.06.2004
Bottled
28.03.2022
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Butt
Casknumber
13
Number of bottles
248
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 jul 2022 8:59 am by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 166.69

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Whisky reviews for Secret Orkney 2004 WN

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.98 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The sherry cask stays in the background but does add a few key elements
    • Nose
      The sherry influence is muted, leaving room for chalk, pickled lemons and green bananas, but also a slight minerality and just a little gunpowder. A few drops of flower honey, just the subtlest slivers of earthy smoke, and finally some hemp ropes.
    • Taste
      Gentle at first, the arrival is surprisingly easygoing and very mature. Beautiful notes of menthol, smoke, chalk and lemon peel, but also burlap, leather and more honey. Nice salinity too, finished off with a hint of cherry syrup.
    • Finish
      Lingering smoke, seaweed and mineral touches. A tinge of pepper too.

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  3. robain scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
      Herbal, orange zest, bourbon-y notes, some indication of smoke in the far back, some green fresh fruits.
    • Taste
      80 80
      light palate, some alcohol kick, slight oaky.
    • Finish
      80 80
      slight oaky, some bitterness is present.

  4. Monstruo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Gil firth scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very dirty. And not typical hp style and sherry. Thought its a young wine cask rasaay for a second. Maybe croftengea. The hp character reveals itself at the end. With a fresh green cigar like smoke. Usually this bottler releases fantastic stuff. Not this time unfortunately

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Sith 45 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. sengaia scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is one of those “dirty” sherry casks, very sweet with meaty and gunpowder notes. If you enjoy this profile you will enjoy this whisky, sadly I do not. This gets a passing grade despite the poor cask and only because of the brilliant Highland Park spirit which puts up a good fight.

  13. HermanWJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This time a not exceptional dram from the WhiskyNerds.
    I think it will be difficult to find the nice barrels at an affordable price. I can't get past 88/100 now. Certainly not bad but for that price....?
    When I look at some descriptions: "hemp ropes", "orange chocolate....", I wonder: What are some people doing? Which (fake) flavors/scents can you not come up with to describe a normal tasty dram?
    Bull sh.. in my opinion or "slap gel.." in plain Dutch :-)

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. sjoerd972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sniff:
    There is a lot happening on the first nosing. There's a bit of an austere note with some minerals, flint and straw. But there's also something slightly sweeter. Something more fruity, more like ripe pears and honey. The typical whiff of heathery smoke is there too.

    Sip:
    The palate starts with the more sweet notes of honey, some 'northern' orchard fruits like apples and pears. There's some oak and smoke too, with those slightly austere coastal notes of rocks, and a whiff off brine. The ABV is rather toned down and that's noticeable, it leaves far more room for other flavors than peppery heat to come through, although there is a minor note of white pepper. There's a rather surprising note of marmalade and orange chocolates too.

    Swallow:
    The finish continues seemlessly, but does transform after a few seconds to show a little bit more intensity, before mellowing down to show all the honeyed goodness that was promised on the palate. That orange-y note is here too.

    Full review here: https://maltfascination.com/2022/08/07/secret-orkney-17-2004-2022-butt-13-49-4-whiskynerds/

  16. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Secret Orkney 17 yo 2004 (49,4%, WhiskyNerds 2022, butt #13, 248 btl.)

    Nose: a leathery start, followed by hints of chalk, wet pebbles and mineral oils, as well as a bag of lemons and oranges. Chestnut honey and sage. Overall the sherry is a gentle (refill) Oloroso style and brings along a mossy sweetness, some tobacco and a clear whiff of gunpowder. Subtle smoke too.
    Mouth: rather sweet now, focusing on orange cake and honey, with hints of berry syrup and gingerbread. Brown sugar and apples, with heather and peppery notes. Ginger biscuits with a little toffee and chocolate in the background. Then soft, warm smoke mixing with sweet herbal touches and menthol. A little clove comes out in the end.
    Finish: long, with sweet oranges, more of the sweet herbs (thyme and black pepper now) and oak spice.

    A really sweet Highland Park. Initially I had some trouble with the caramel and gunpowder on the nose, but after a while the sweet sherry style really grew on me. Very enjoyable with a good balance.
    Full review on whiskynotes.be

  17. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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