Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Best Dram (BD)
Bottling serie
Vol. V
Stated Age
23 years old
Oloroso Sherry Cask
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Aug 2017 8:33 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.95

22 × in wishlist

78 × member ratings

82 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Dark Secret 1993 BD

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points

  1. JörgW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The Dark Secret Vol. V

    Already when pouring me vigorous sherry aroma flows towards.
    After a few minutes in the glass, the nose has a lot to work on.
    NOSE: sherry, sherry, sherry, sweetness, pickled very dark fruits, rum pot, spicy herbal notes with a little balsamic essence. Behind it again and again light wood flavors with light vanilla. No alcoholic stinging. Overall, a flavor cargo that wants to be worked out for a long time. Wonderful, fun to deal with this long.
    TASTE: Heavy onset, alcohol very well integrated. There they are again, the flavors of smelling. Sherry, dark fruits, spice. Salivation without end. From the wood a minimal bitterness, very pleasant woody flavors behind the tongue. Nice interplay between fruits, spices and wood.
    Departure: Long, very long, again and again a little oak comes forward, stays short, then outweigh the sweet dark fruits.

    This malt is a blend. I learned that here, 23 years ago, 50% Macallan and 50% Highland Park (not serviced) were married as Newmake and then filled into the sherry barrel.
    The result is a heavy, old and very complex malt. It takes time to fathom all facets.
    I like it very much, so 90/100 points.

  2. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Class part!
    • Nose
      Blind Sample:
      First come sherry, wood, furniture polish. Liquorice, blackberries, baked apple with cinnamon. The guy has something Christmas, too. Dried orange slices, gingerbread spice, chocolate and a flag of smoke, or roasted aromas. Everything is very mature and set into each other. There is an acid note in the background. It always reminds me of sour cucumber water. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Maybe represented by some menthol. There is much more. This is a colleague, where you could smell the whole evening and always finds something new. The nose is great.
    • Taste
      Mild, fruity, but also spicy start. The pushes you neat spice, but it remains supple. I also like this fine trace of smoke in the taste. Very oily mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla and caramel. Marzipan and some chocolate. The second sip is still apricot jelly, licorice and neat cinnamon. In taste, the orange is much juicier than in the nose. This ripe, yet fruity, oily mouthfeel probably remains eternal. Exactly my construction site. With the third sip, cherries, plums and berries get through much better with some leather. Slightly sour lemon accompanies the story. The alcohol holds back elegantly.
    • Finish
      Long. Very oily with espresso and chocolate. Slightly nutty. And juicy berries.

  3. stollimaus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In 2017, when the bottling appeared, dealers announced that it was a Sherry Hogshead:

    The Dark Secret Vol V, Blended Malt, 23 years, Sherry Hgs, 53.6%
    pleasant sharpness at the beginning, paired with unbelievable sweetness, complexity until the end, roasted almonds and cotton candy
    fat and pearly, toasted oak, vanilla cream, chocolate mousse
    long and warm, still sweet as sugar
    dark gold, strong amber
    RRP: € 95 / 0.7 l

  4. Dude1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Robbezzz did not rate this whisky Member Senior

  6. Waternish scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    One of the best whiskeys in recent years.
    According to my info, Macallan and Highland Park were bottled in a barrel at the time. They were still part of Eddrington. I like to correct it.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense sherry aroma
    • Taste
      94 94
      Mouthful, great volume.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, light wood, yet pleasant

  7. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a very tasty dram, with some fleet moments of greatness

  8. markkuyper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is clearly the best part of this whisky, it promises some variety. The body and finish don't meet the higher expectations though, but still a pretty nice whisky remains.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lot's of alcohol at first, then smoother. Lot's of chocolate, coffee, some prunes, and some organic notes as well. Floral and grassy, hay.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The pepper comes in slowly, full body, some chocolate, prunes and red fruit. Less taste than the nose promised though.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A little pepper left, red fruit, prunes and chocolate. Middle long. The finish also shows less depth than I expected in the nose.

  10. Mr.Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Incredibly delicious balanced whisky matured in a Oloroso cask!
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, sherry, chocolate
    • Taste
      Raisins, plums, a hint of chocolate and coffee, oaky
    • Finish
      Sweet, chocolate, warm, peppery


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?