Secret Speyside 24, 1997-2022, 2 Refill Barrels, 50.3% – Thompson Brothers

Yet another undisclosed distillery. It is almost like that is a thing nowadays. This time it’s a Speyside one, just like yesterday. However, according to retailers, Whiskybase and most likely other sources of information, this is a bottling from Glenlivet.

Image from Whiskybase

Quite and old one at that, being bottled before the year 2000. Of course, I still don’t really think of that as old, since it was a single digit age statement when I started drinking whisky, and I can’t really come to grips with how old I have gotten since.

Anyway, old Speyside whisky from Glenlivet. I don’t taste all that much Glenlivet, so I went in without many expectations.

Sponge cake with a whiff of lemon and quite some honey and vanilla. After a little while it becomes more fruity, with more lemon, apples and pears. It’s a very fruity dram indeed!

The palate is warming with a nice tingling sensation. It’s not as dry as the nose was, but there still is a note of honey and fruit. Candied lemon, baked apple and pear. A minor note of iron, which isn’t too strange with the apple. Heather, oak, vanilla, some pastry notes too.

The finish is not overly long and focuses slightly more on the dry notes of heather, wood and apples. The sweetness is rather diminished.

While I like that the sweetness goes down a bit towards the end, it does take some of the fruity notes with it as well. It’s a very middle of the road whisky, as you’d expect from Glenlivet, but one that is well executed.


Still available in Germany for about € 170


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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