Secret Islay malts are seen frequently amongst unbiased bottlers lately. Particularly the 1989-1992 vintages appears to ship some wonderful, complicated drams. Most of those come from Allied mixing shares, with Laphroaig as our prime suspect.
Secret Islay Malt 31 yo 1990 (51,5%, The Whisky Company 2022, hogshead, 252 btl.)
Nostril: moist wool, mineral notes and leather-based, in addition to some waxy / fatty notes (sunflower oil) and pale ashes. Lime and a touch of pineapple. Contemporary oil paint. Vivid mint comes out as properly. Whiffs of sea breeze within the background.
Mouth: extra medicinal now. The antiseptics, embrocations and saline pungency rapidly take the lead. Then mid-palate this makes place for fruity notes, like grapefruit, ardour fruit and wee hints of guava. Just a few olives in brine and bitter almonds, resulting in natural tea ultimately.
End: lengthy, with citrusy notes, verbena and hints of iodine. Nonetheless this coastal salinity within the very finish.
Not solely surprising, it is a nice whisky. It begins light and refined on the nostril, however turns into extra intensely coastal and highly effective on the palate. Briefly, an nearly theatrical growth. After all at € 650 it isn’t precisely a no brainer, however the high quality is excessive. Obtainable in a number of outlets round Europe.