So excited to be able to bring you the second round of Secret Spirits very own bottling’s. This time around we have a 19 year old Single Malt from an undisclosed Speyside Distillery. For those of you that do not know why we would bottle a whisky without sharing its identity let me clear it up. Sometimes distilleries will release casks to brokers on the premise that they have to remain undisclosed so as not to compete with their own brand on retail shelves. This can also mean a price break over selecting a “named” cask. Even though Secret Spirits will be putting names on labels at some point (spoiler even in this edition) for me it’s all about the whisky.
So as one of the now retired English Cricket teams captain’s once said “if you give them an inch they will take a mile”. So anyway now onto the whisky (this is your hint if you missed it).
Secret Spirits Undisclosed Speyside 19 Year Old Single Malt – 63.4% and aged in a Bourbon cask number 184.
Colour: Definitely leads us to think that this cask could be a refill with only a light colour showing after 19 long years aging in the barrel.
Nose: Go gently now as this beastie is a monster for a 19 year old whisky at 63.4%. When most casks are filled at no more than 65% ABV either this cask got a healthier dose or the cooper was feeling extra frisky that day. Vanilla bean Nougat and biscotti with lemon peel.
Palate: Lovely coating as you would expect from such a healthy ABV. The nose resonates strongly with the palate here as that rich vanilla and marzipan character combines with a fruit basket of citrus flavors.
Finish: More citrus fairly bursts out of the finish as the oily vanilla continues on and on. With a splash of water the finish becomes a velvet rug over which the vanilla and citrus ride along together.
This is every bit as amazing as I remember and I always take notice when an older cask is still living large with such a high ABV. Thanks to the awesome broker that tasted me on this cask.
On day 12 in the 3rd edition we had the Coastal briny character of the Lost Distillery Gerston.
Head on over to Scotch Trooper who now has his Christmas tree decorated in full Darkside spectacle.
Tomorrow we will be heading way North to check out another amazing whisky from Stuart Nickerson at Shetland Reel.