Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
14 years old
First Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Apr 2017 8:48 am by Ordie
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 394.50

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Whisky Reviews for Secret Speyside Distillery 2002 MBl

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.09 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted and held for much older:

    I often read the word sherry bomb for all sorts of porridge - this is a sherry bomb - Dram into the glass >> Explosion Too bad for drinking - the nose is for me enormously ahead.
    • Nose
      Smooth, round, silky creamy sherry scent, voluminous and dripping with vanilla scent, plum jam and sour cherry juice you do not have to look for - they crowd hard, concentrated and intense from the glass, as if there was not enough space for them, a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, with the Intensive fruits show a note of zender wood with some resin and a spicy vegetal pepperiness. Somewhat discreet and deeper in the glass I find chocolate, coffee, roasted aromas, crushed raspberries, orange juice and citrus zests, tobacco, nutmeg, juniper berries, cinnamon, bay leaves, tree sap, mint, star anise, allspice - Christmas in the glass - at the same time orange fruity fresh, almost summery with floral scent (orange blossom grove), tea aromas
    • Taste
      strong onset, spicy, quite dry - herbal tart, then sweet and sour dark fruits, even more sweetness, cooling mint, dark chocolate, strong roasted notes, tannins dance on the tongue and change between - slightly bitter - rather chili-spicy - methol fresh - ethereally resinous - spicy plant oak, as if you were chewing rosemary or coniferous twigs with bark - or drinking strong (black / green) tea. With the second sip everything becomes creamier, the oak becomes clearer, the corners become rounder - with a bit of chewing the tea gets flowers - awesome -
    • Finish
      Cooling, astringent, dry, pleasantly spicy, woody, chocolaty tart, mouth-filling - very long - at the end only oak spice remains - probably until the next meal

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is promising and extremely complex. Dark sherry flavors suggest an extreme fruit and sherry bomb. Unfortunately, the taste is extremely influenced by a blend of spices and furniture polish, the fruity elements of the nose are barely present in the taste. Nevertheless, I find the Secret Speyside Distillery very interesting and delicious in its own way.
    • Nose
      Oily and viscous drops stick almost endlessly to the glass wall while the Secret Speyside Distillery shimmers dark rusty with a reddish glow in the glass. Dark and intense toasted aromas stand out powerfully from the Premium Snifter and slowly add dark and old orange flavors. With relish, I watch the syrup-like drops on their way back into the glass until dark and dried berry flavor returns from my dreams. Dark chocolate mixes with the wonderfully fruity grapes and berries, a hint of leather and a sweetish tobacco note are added. The alcohol is harmoniously integrated, but goes rather in the direction of Cognac or Armagnac. A subtle lovage touch runs through spicy and fruity wood elements, subtle mint leaves the nose appear relatively fresh despite the dark fruit flavors. The dark chocolate slowly turns into sweet full-chocolate, a subtle espresso note mixed with the dry tobacco leaves. A few more times inhale the wonderful and dark sherry aromas and then the first sip follows ...
    • Taste
      Dark and intense sherry aroma fills the palate with dried berries and grapes. Roasting flavors mingle with spicy woody aromas and make the first sip bitter and bitter. A touch of dark furniture polish arises for a brief moment, discreetly charred wood pieces leave a bitter salt and wood note on the tongue. Woody sharpness fills the mouth and tart oak tones are mixed with a hint of licorice. The furniture polish returns, but is almost covered by a variety of different spices. Wet leather and damp tobacco crumbs slowly mix with dark orange aromas, a strange dryness arises ....
    • Finish
      A slightly bitter and tart wood note is on the tongue. The spicy furniture polish returns while the complete palate slowly fills with a plump warmth. A pinch of salt and a touch of licorice exude her harsh aroma, again wet leather comes to light. In the background are the dark and dried berries, the old and intense orange shows here and there. Herb but very pleasant and plump warm, the finish sounds slow and leaves a tart wood and leather touch on the palate.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This malt is carried and dominated by its heavy and dark sherry aromas. A really dark and partly dirty sherry board. The tart elements are often kept in check by sweet elements and only the furniture polish flavor gets this bottling not really under control ;-) Otherwise, I like this bottling very well, and it will surely polarize.

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Mysterious and deep-dark, the malt shimmers with a reddish silk sting in the glass, an oily streak sticks to the glass wall while dark sherry aromas are already noticeable from afar. Heavy sherry rises powerfully from the glass, intense roasted aromas rise up, dark chocolate mixes with dark dried orange slices. Sweetish tobacco and a touch of leather exude a bitter aroma, a subtle aroma of fresh furniture polish is in the air. Oily and heavy berry flavor and spicy oak let me run the saliva in the mouth together. An indefinable spice note gives the creamy and velvety malt a special touch.
    • Taste
      Tart wood tones mix with sweet berries and cherries at the first sip. Salt is on the tongue, a pleasant wooden sharpness is distributed in the entire palate, the palate and the mouth tighten a little. Sour cherries and a touch of furniture polish follow, roasted aromas and dark pieces of wood dance with the now peppery sharpness on the tongue, my salivation is again extremely stimulated. Liquorice? I'm not sure. Old leather and sweet tart tobacco are distributed on the palate, creating a creamy mouthfeel. The old and dried oranges return, the tobacco and leather aromas dominate the transition to the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Dry and yet creamy wooden elements rest on the tongue. Tart wood tones and a hint of furniture polish are slowly turning into sweet tobacco and wet leather. Dried berries and oranges are permeated with sweet hints. dry wood tones and old walnuts are subtly tart in the background. The powerful yet harmonious nature of the taste is reflected in the aftertaste for a long time. For a long time, the bitter and sometimes bitter aromas in the mouth rest and leave a cozy warmth.

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Maltman Secret Speyside 14 year old is a total cracker. Delivered in its unaltered 55.2% form the aromas and flavours are deep, profound and to my palate a hark-back to a style of sherried whisky which is less frequently seen nowadays. Complexity, intense flavour and a lack of initial overt sweetness make for a big and bold experience that’s a far cry away from what one might consider easily accessible. Nevertheless, the journey is incredibly rewarding and well worth taking. Exceptional.

    • Nose
      Dense and deep, interlacing sweetness with savoury. Raisins, plums, dried berries, orange peels and sour cherries provide some sweetness, but they’re highly compacted and concentrated lending themselves to an almost brandy-like delivery with nutty rancio along for the ride. These are reinforced with a wide selection of aromas which would not be out of place on the Antiques Roadshow – leather chairs, polished mahogany, dusty bound books and the remnants of a long forgotten smoked Calabash pipe. Beef stock, demi-glace, balsamic vinegar and cola cubes provide yet more interesting nuances to explore. The addition of water brings out some herbal characteristics – menthol and eucalyptus - and also further reinforces the tobacco note.
    • Taste
      Viscous, spicy, quite tannic and initially rather devoid of the saccharine sweetness that you’re probably expecting this to delivery. Instead, heavily stewed stone fruits – plums, damsons, greengages are joined by a smattering of dried berries and a sharp bite of citrus. Into the middle palate and intense cask influence takes over – marked cinnamon and pepper, with ginger and a dash of salt joining in. These are accompanied by the darkest Peruvian chocolate, liquorice, steeped black tea, leather and polish. Sweetness arrives near the end, swirling up from a dark void of oak and spice to lift the dram back into a sweeter daylight – toffee, cherries, and more than a suggestion of chocolate fruit cake. Water really helps diminish the high level of wood tannins (a particularly active cask I dare say) and brightens the fruitier elements of this whisky allowing all the depth and character to shine through with excellent poise and balance.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long with lingering wood spice and fruitiness.

  5. Whiskydudes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Just wondering if my bottle was something completely different; perfect example of a cask overpowered sherry bomb in a bad way. Nose is ok, but mouthfeel imho is way too much oak, way too much tannines and leaves a too drying mouthfeel. My guess this could be a good whisky if bottled a few years earlier, now it's just too cask driven.

  6. Vis2020 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Undisclosed MacAllan

  7. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A voluminous malt. The nose (sweet, fruity) is in quite strong contrast to taste and finish (oak, bitterness, herbs). I would type European oak here. The malt is heavily loaded with sherry, but I like it very well by the interplay of strong flavors. Logically he misses the maturity.
    • Nose
      Cognac, almond oil, a lot of sherry, cranberries, raisins, dried plums, dried figs, sweet honey, blackberry jam, milk chocolate, orange juice, butter cream, light menthol note. The nose lets sherry lovers run their mouths water together. Hazelnuts, cinnamon, tropical wood tabletop, Virginia tobacco
    • Taste
      Tinglingly powerful onset, plenty of sherry and dryness, but also a strong portion of oak, bitterness and softwood, dark chocolate, Campari, bitter orange, walnuts, hazelnuts, leather, tobacco, here the fruit notes are strongly back, strong roasted aromas, burnt cake edge
    • Finish
      again sweeter, creamier sherry, yet a lot of oak, dark chocolate, herbs (clove, thyme, juniper), long dry finish, licorice

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A truly wonderfully round sherry whisky with some on the bitter side, but just just enough sweet on the other to make that up for me as well. The balance is still well kept and there is a lot to discover, very nice.
    • Nose
      Black walnut, raisins, figs, beautiful mahogany, dry sherry, hint of sulfur, some car tires, warmth rises, creme de cassis, dark rum notes, maggi, bitter orange later
    • Taste
      What a strong start, Maggi all over the place, cardamom, saffron, dark rum notes with esther, caraway, nutmeg and cinnamon, plus beautiful middle aged oak, licorice, creme de cassis and the fig / raisin pair again, brown sugar syrup, burned Creme Brulee at the back and almost charcoal meanwhile, rosemary and oregano
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry rosinig, bitter, licorice and raisins, does not last as long as one probably. hopes, but he is not that old yet, black walnut and a hint of smoke are added

  9. Najzero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Had this bottle open for more than a year.

    This is what sherry whisky is ought to be - this 14yr old is a bit unbalanced, but for me insanely good.

    If I just had the money to buy another bottle (my first one, I did buy for its initial price...)

  10. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    N: Cola color he already lets me guess what I'm threatening. In fact, another sherry bomb in the glass.
    Full walnut flavor, deeply fermented sherry. damp wood. Leather. Cigars. tobacco leaves
    M: astonishingly mild, creamy rather sweet than bitter-bitter, which surprises me just after the impressions of the nose. Vanilla. Vanilla crescents. Fruit jam. Hardly oak, weird. Very tasty, what sweetmeats
    A. Sweet, very sweet. only very slowly, a musty-kräutrige Devke sits on the tongue

    Conclusion: beautiful, brutally tasty, sweet but really delicious. about 49% Speyside


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