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Swell De Spirits Secret Islay 1990 32 Year Old

Sale price£299.00
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Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch

Bottler: Swell De Spirits

Founder: Michael Barbaria

Range: Field Trip Series #2

Distillery: Secret

Age: 32 years old

Distilled: 1990

Bottled: 2022

Region: Islay, Scotland

Spirit: Single malt scotch

Cask Type: Refill bourbon barrel

Cask Ref: 4367

Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength at 50.7%

Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration

Outturn: 335 bottles

Bottle Size: 500ml

Secret Islay 32 Year Old Tasting Notes

Without water

Colour: Apple juice

Nose: Ashy bonfire in thick fog, polished leather boots and Scotch broth cooking on the Aga. Iodine and fresh plasters over scabbed knees. Scuffed leather handguard hooked over a leather quiver of feathered arrows on the back of the heavy oak door. Plus silver polish, Parma violets and mint tea.

Palate: Smooth and warming. Meaty Scotch broth with sage and potatoes in a copper pan over a smoky coal fire. Milk chocolate ginger thins, ginger biscuits, buttery shortbread, strawberry milkshake.

Finish: Sweet peat, sweet potato fritters, antiseptic lotion and plasters. Kippers, sea spray and crystallised ginger with a hint of distant bonfires.

With water

Nose: Water brings out the dirty smoke. There's theatrical face powder and oily make-up. Antiseptic cream, bandages soaked in iodine. Mackerel cooking over a bonfire on a windswept beach littered with bird feathers and there's a thick fog hovering over it all.

Palate: A generous serving of kedgeree seasoned with ginger, cloves, cayenne pepper and white pepper. Followed by a chocolate fondue next to a smoky fire in a flint cottage with thick oak doors covered outside with sea spray.

Finish: Paprika, chilli chocolates, herby Scotch broth in an oak bowl. Tarnished silver cutlery, plus feathers, leather and gentle wafts of smoke at the end.

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Meet The Founder

Michael Barbaria

Swell de Spirits was founded by Michael Barbaria in 2021. Michael's two great loves in life are exceptional spirits, and surfing. So he launched independent bottler Swell de Spirits to combine his love of both.

In a relatively short period Michael has made a big mark on the world of artisan spirits. And gained quite a fan base around the world. Rather than focus on one particular spirits category, Michael bottles them all - as he loves them all. From world whiskies, through rums, to cognacs and more. But what they all have in common is that they really are exceptional quality. Michael has an excellent palate and leans towards big flavour bombs. Each of his releases is beautifully present, and some of the label designs are works of pop art in their own right.