Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
49.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 jul 2022 8:59 am by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159.95

15 × in wishlist

12 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Secret Orkney 2004 WN

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.10 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. sjoerd972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

    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.

    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/

  4. HermanWJS did not rate this whisky 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 below: "hemp ropes", "orange chocolate....", I also wonder: What are some people doing anyway? Which (fake) flavors/scents can you not come up with?
    Bull sh.. in my opinion aka "limp gel.."

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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