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Secret Islay 1993, The Whisky Jury

Bottle Details:

Distillery: Secret Islay

Bottler: The Whisky Jury (TWJ)

Vintage: 1993

Bottled: 2023

Stated Age: 30 years old

Casktype: Bourbon Barrel

Casknumber: 199323

Number of bottles: 231

Strength: 52.7 % Vol.

Secret Islay 1993, The Whisky Jury

  • Nose: very medicinal, with a lot of iodine, bandages and mercurochrome. Raw wool, beach sand and smoked kippers. Then grasses, wet ashes, subtle coal tar. A little vanilla and sweet lemons in the background.

    Mouth: again surprisingly medicinal and austere for such a high age – this hasn’t transgressed towards waxy fruits yet. Lemon zest, grapefruit juice, with pine liqueur and mercurochrome. Drops of Chartreuse. Then herbal tea, chalk and plenty of earthy notes.

    Finish: long, ashy and very medicinal again. Iodine and dried herbs.

    This should be from the same distillery as the 1990 Secret Islays. It reminds me of the 1993 from Thompson Bros – if anything it confirms the fact that 1992/1993 is less fruity than 1989/1990. Overall it may be slightly narrow, but it’s also offering plenty of power and maritime character.

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