The Secret Whisky Club is all about the tasting and appreciation of whiskies free from the prejudices of branding and prices. Our members are asked to match the secret whisky they receive to the correct tasting notes from a panel of 4, as well as giving them a rating. We use this rating to create a unique Secret Whisky Club Score.

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Whisky 0013

Dalmore 18

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fruity and spicy with notes of vanilla, potpourri, marmalade and sweet milk chocolate. A touch of leather and sultana. Palate:  Chocolate raisins, orange, stewed fruits, sherry and pepper. Finish: Long and fruity ending on almond, buttery toffee apples and cocoa.

Match rate:  23%

SWC Score: 76

Glendronach 21 Parliament Whisky

Whisky 0012

Glendronach 21 Parliament

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet sherry, candied orange, plums and toasted oak. Palate: Sherry, raisins and cocoa combine with spices and tannins.  Finish: Lingering, nutty with a touch of sulphur.

Match rate:  60%

SWC Score: 76

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Whisky 0011

Timorous Beastie 18

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Honey, vanilla, barley and a touch of soft fruits. Palate: Continuation of the nose, with additional bread notes and spices. Finish: Medium and dry with spices and malt.

Match rate:  27%

SWC Score: 66


Whisky 0010

Tomintoul 15 Portwood FInish

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Summer fruit and red wine sharpness balanced by clotted cream on scones with a faint cigar box spice. Palate: Sweet barley with hints of port and oak.  Finish: Herbal sweets and tobacco fading to strawberry jam.

Match rate:  0%(!)

SWC Score: 70



Whisky 0009

Glenmorangie Astar (2017)

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Citrus and grassy, lemon meringue with coconut and jasmine. Palate: Light and floral with biscuit, almond and nutmeg. Finish: Pepper and ginger with vanilla, coconut and menthol. 

Match rate:  25%

SWC Score: 71


Whisky 0008

Talisker 18

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich and fruity, with orange peel, toffee and floral elements combining with a gentle smokiness and seaside character. Palate: Sweet and salty, burning heather with toffee, nuts, iodine, and milk chocolate. Finish: Seaweed, leather, tobacco and tar.

Match rate:  55%

SWC Score: 70


Whisky 0007

Glenlivet 18

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sultanas, blossom, fudge and toasted caramel, lightest hint of smoke. Palate: Oak, honey, apples, orange, nutmeg, sherry, nuts and a touch of plum. Finish: Woody, spicy and malty.

Match rate:  40%

SWC Score: 71


Whisky 0006

Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fresh cut grass, melon and banana with hints of spearmint, cucumber and a touch of peat. Mouth: Zesty and resinous with, pink grapefruit, pear drops and herbs. Finish: Minty with a light sweet smoke.

Match rate:  15%

SWC Score: 73


Whisky 0005

Redbreast 21

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Tropical fruits combine with hints of sherry, nuts and polished oak. Mouth: Fleshy fruit notes , pine, white pepper, chocolate a hint of menthol Finish:  Long lasting, with lingering mango, cloves and biscuit

Match rate:  30%

SWC Score: 69

Bowmore 9 Sherry Cask Whisky


Bowmore 9 Sherry Cask

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Sherry with dark chocolate, raisins and pepper balanced with dried citrus and subtle smoke.  Mouth: Initially dry with dark fruits, then creme caramel, mild cloves and peat Finish: Salt, charcoal and burnt raisins

Match rate:  28%

SWC Score: 69

Glenmorangie Bacalta


Glenmorangie Bacalta

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Fruity and sweet.  Honeycomb,  toffee, dried apricots, and white chocolate. Mouth:  Cloves, marmalade, fudge, chilli and a hint of mint. Finish: Long and peppery, with almonds and custard fading to apricots and prunes in syrup.

Match rate:  69%

SWC Score: 72

Yamazaki 12 Whisky


Yamazaki 12

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Caramel, poached pears and fresh figs, cashews, jasmine, a touch of oak and a hint of coconut. Mouth: Sweet, intense and pleasantly oily, cloves, plum brandy, cedarwood . Finish: Dry but lingering - mild hints of anise and orange zest with malt

Match rate:  43%

SWC Score: 76

Glenfarclas 25 Whisky


Glenfarclas 25

Matching Tasting Notes:

Nose: Delicately peated, marmalade, honey, ground coffee, sherry and nuts. Some oaky tannins. Mouth: full-bodied and robust, with sherry and oak and nutty smokiness. Finish: Intense, long lasting, malty with chocolate.

Match rate:  33%

SWC Score: 77