This Secret Highland 1987 from the Whisky Nerds was released a while ago, around the end of 2019. So it’s a bit of an overdue review, but that shouldn’t spoil the fun as it is always nice to be able to taste something from them.

They may not release very many bottlings, but what they release is of excellent quality. According to Whiskybase, all average scores are even around 90. Not bad, is it? They all come with a respectable age, because according to the two gentlemen themselves, they have no other desire than to put out good whisky, at the right time. A nice train of thought, which I think they also fully live up to.

Nobody really knows where exactly this Secret Highland 1987 is distilled, not even the Whiskynerds claim to know. So that will always remain a secret. But what we do know is that it has matured in a hogshead for 31 years and is bottled at a strength of 49.6%

Secret Highland 1987 tasting notes:

Nose: apricots. But also oranges. Then fresh figs and a hint of raisins. A layer of honey and caramel. Then also leather appears. And some lovely wax. Later I also get a menthol note and a bit of tobacco.

Taste: maple syrup. Honey and somewhat dry. Salted caramel. Sweet raisins and mandarins. Dark chocolate. An oak note and a hint of leather. Spices too, such as cinnamon, nutmeg.

Finish: long and slightly drying here as well Oak and dark chocolate. A hint of leather again. Tobacco and dark chocolate.

Yup the Whisky Nerds have done it again, this is another beautiful dram. Great cask pick from the guys and I think it’s still available at some places.

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