Roger’s Hidden Treasures Secret Speyside 8 Year Old Ex-Bourbon Cask

Scotch Whisky Review #304: Roger’s Hidden Treasures Secret Speyside 8 Year Old Ex-Bourbon Cask

Distillery: Undisclosed. Bottler noted that he has a hint on the label of the distillery. /u/herr_maltenberg suspects it might be Macallan, given that there is a symbol repeated 36 times, which would line up with Macallan’s 36 stills.

Region: Speyside.

Age: 8 Year. Distilled in 2013 and bottled in 2021.

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Cask Number: 6254

Bottle Number: 27 / 285

ABV: 56.1%

Price: £43.

Color: 0.4, Jounquil/Ripe Corn.

Nose: It’s quite a citrus bomb. Lemons and oranges are present and very strongly so. There’s a slightly booze-y orange note that reminds me of Gran Marnier. A slightly oily note comes through as well of orange essential oils. Some flowers come in in the back, lilies come to mind.

Palate: It’s a super oily orange liqueur. It honestly tastes like a less-sweet Gran Marnier, which is fantastic. There’s a bit of vanilla icing, the kind hardened on top of a coffee cake, which does add a touch of sugar. With water, you get less orange and more lemon instead. The vanilla icing note intensifies a touch.

Finish: Medium in length. One of the wife’s colleagues regularly bakes for us this amazing lemon poppy cake and the finish reminds me heavily of it. It’s slightly dense, full of lemon, a hint of poppy, and all of that without being too sweet. With a touch of water, the lemon notes intensify into something more like limoncello.

Conclusion: When someone bottles a secret Speyside, sometimes it’s a wild guessing game of where the whisky has come from. Sometimes they make it easy by saying it’s a family run distillery (hello Glenfarclas) and sometimes they say nothing at all. While I’ve seen nothing that confirms /u/herr_maltenberg

‘s guess that this might be secret Macallan, I’d wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if it was. The citrus notes that just flow out of this are very much in distillery character. It honestly tastes like a less sugary Gran Marnier, which is something I enjoy but often wish it was less sweet. All and all, it’s quite tasty and I’m very happy to have a bottle!

Final Score: 81

Scotch Whisky Review #304, Speyside Review #113, Whisky Network Review #446

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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