Swell De Spirits

Swell De Spirits Secret Islay 1990 32 Year Old


This is available for pre-order, shipping early February 2023

Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch

Bottler: Swell De Spirits

Founder: Michael Barbaria

Range: Field Trip Series #2

Distillery: Secret

Age: 13 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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