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Swell De Spirits Secret Sutherland Distillery 2010


Sale price$82.00
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Key Facts About This Single Malt

Bottler: Swell De Spirits

Founder: Michael Barbaria

Range: Wild Nature #2

Distillery: Secret Sutherland Distillery

Region: Highlands, Scotland

Age: 13 years

Distilled: July 2010

Bottled: September 2023

Spirit: Single malt scotch

Cask Type: Single first fill bourbon barrel

Cask Ref: 2531

Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength at 53.3%

Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration

Outturn: 360 bottles

Bottle Size: 500ml

Secret Sutherland Distillery 2010 Tasting Notes

Imagine: Visit the candlelit apothecary's shop with jars of herbs, spices and dried lemons, ready to grind on the battered oak refectory table and add to the hot chocolate simmering on the stove to ward off chills.

Neat, without water

Colour: Sauvignon Blanc

Nose: Candlewax, orange sorbet, lemon sorbet, lemon barley water, barley sugar, Brazil nuts, milk chocolate-covered hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, lamb's wool, a trio of biscuits – buttered raisin, oat and gingernut, plus iced coffee and snapdragons.

Palate: Waxy mouthfeel, orange sorbet, lemon sorbet, oak table, chilli, paprika, white pepper, clove, star anise, nutmeg and spiced hot chocolate.

Finish: Buttered biscuits and lemon curd.

With a few drops of water

Nose: The spice is still there but much softer and mixed in a teacake with candied orange, plus beeswax, hazelnuts, walnuts, buttered scones with greengage jam and clotted cream, banana milkshake, milk chocolate buttons and hairspray.

Palate with water: Banoffee pie, milk chocolate-covered bananas, spiced hot chocolate, strawberry blancmange, lemon tart, lemon and rose Turkish delight, vanilla latte, gingerbread latte, crème caramel, waffles with vanilla ice cream, and brioche with lavender honey.

Finish: Rum and raisin ice cream.

Overall: All the qualities you’d find in, oh, say, a great Clynelish, as an example… with extra spice and buttered brioche complementing the classic lemon and wax notes. A very more-ish dram.

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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.