Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
17 years old
First-fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 feb 2023 1:30 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 135.96

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18 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Secret Orkney 2005 SV

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.69 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    For me, the malt offers everything I expect from a well-matured HP from the sherry cask. Very tasty and for a 17y HP fully matured sherry, the price is (unfortunately) still acceptable these days.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet and spicy with intense notes of sherry; dark fruity; Berry; some orange; heather; Honey; some vanilla; delicate smoky note; despite the clear sherry influences, the HP character is easy to recognize - harmonizes well
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy-oily; sweetness paired with powerful spice; dried fruits; Honey; oranges; tart herbal notes; Tobacco; tart-spicy oak; delicate smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      long; sparkling spicy; dark fruity sweetness; also here nice (heather) herbal notes; some tobacco; tart, spicy notes of wood

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  3. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For me a rather disappointing HP from the sherry cask. I'm glad that I had a sample beforehand.
    • Nose
      80 80
      First of all, pungent alcohol. Sherry sweetness. Menthol. Some oak in the background. Could be almost any distillery in combination with a modern Sherry Seasoned Cask. With water: No big change (3ml water to 2cl)
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth it becomes significantly better and more intense. Dried dark fruits like figs, leather and subtle smoke, HP DNA can finally be seen here.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather medium length, sweet, oak, some smoke, very pleasant.

  4. Chrisn79 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Have had the whisky for a week now and worked my way through the first few drams where it has a slight lovage muff off note.
    Now, after a week, it's finally gone.

    The nose is typical HP, but this bottling has less smoke than, for example, the official 18-year-old. The smoke aromas seem to have been transformed by this barrel into slightly musty but pleasant tobacco notes.
    Otherwise it's a very pleasant and intense blend of blueberries, light herbaceous aromas, strong dark sherry and the honey sweetness to the rear.
    Undiluted, the whisky is more sweet than tart.

    With water it is much easier to recognize as HP and the subtle smoky note is also a little more apparent.
    Smells like cedar cigar box now.
    and tastes like black tea with cardamom.
    The finish is actually not very long, but clean and smooth.

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86
      Bit dry and gone quickly, but good


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