Secret Distillery #2 15 Years Old (51%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 124 Bottles, 2017)
- Category: Single malt Scotch whisky
- Origin: ? distillery
- Bottling: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
- ABV: 51%
- Cost: £107.95
What they say
It’s the second batch of Secret Distillery #2 single malt, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! If you thought the sixteen 24-foot-tall swan/human hybrid beings were terrifying before, just wait until you see them through rose-tinted glasses. The whisky itself has a rather rosy hue, too…
Batch 2 is a release of 124 bottles.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Rose petal jam, lardy cakes and dark chocolate mousse. Juicy tangerines and a hint of mint leaf.
- Palate: Red liquorice, beeswax, rich Tawny Port and a touch of coffee bean. As it goes on, sweetness of raspberry coulis develops.
- Finish: Wine gums and spicy cinnamon biscuits last on the finish.
What I say
An undisclosed single malt scotch whisky. All indication from the label suggest this one hails from Glenmorangie distillery, having 8m tall stills (26ft 3inches) and famously operated by the 16 men of Tain. Notoriously LVMH, Glenmorangie’s owners, are very protective of their brands & distilleries identities so it is no surprise any specific distillery isn’t mentioned.
Matured for 15 years, clearly having spent some time in an ex-wine or ex-port cask to achieve this particular colour, other may have guessed wine but I suspect the notes above of Tawny Port may be more accurate – suggestive of this cask being derived from a bourbon-matured & port finished Quinta Ruban stock perhaps?
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark bronze and rosy pink (12/20), slow, oily/viscous , medium-sized tears leave fine legs.
- Nose: Leathery and tannic initially, orange and ginger, dark fruit juices, rich, dry tannic ‘port pipe’ oak, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, floral roses, toffee and damson.
- Taste: Sweet, full-bodied, warming and rich, jammy fruits, red liqourice, red and black cherries, mixed berries, coffee, dark chocolate, waxy, ginger, cinnamon, galangal, dark treacle toffee, this has a sweet then dry/tannic spice nature, plenty of old wood and mocha.
- Finish: Long, tingling spices, ginger nut biscuits and cinnamon, sweet honey becomes dry.
Initially quite tannic and woody but with a huge body, once it has opened up there is plenty of juicy sweetness tempered by delicate spices. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Tawny Port matured or finished Glenmorangie.
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