Bottles & Sabers (Part 2)

Given the first two of the series I already reviewed I’m thrilled to try those two older ones! Hey isn’t it the Glenfarclas and Clynelish distillery that we have on those beautiful labels? Okay now it’s starting to be really serious!

Speyside Region Malt 19yo 2001-2020 (44.7%, Sansibar, Ex-Sherry Cask, 598 bottles)

Colour: Light copper with some delicate golden hues.
Nose: It seems to be an old school balanced and spiced sherry profile! Citruses, leather, dusty books, candied lemon zest, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, cocoa beans, white pepper, cinnamon, anise stars and delicate noble wood balancing all these things up!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is thick and oily. A lot of citruses freshness at start that will slowly decrease. Then arrives the noble wood adding some dryness to the profile. While those two giants battles in the main stage you will discover all the flavours in the background as cinnamon, white pepper, dusty leather, candied orange zest, roasted cocoa beans, dark chocolate and also some lovely candle wax wrapping everything. Very nicely integrated profile overall, well done.
Finish: Long. Mushroom, swamp, wet wood, dark chocolate, roasted coca beans, noble wood and waxy notes

It’s a very evolutive and multi-layered dram. It’s quite old school in the profile

Score: 89

Secret Highland Single Malt 24yo 1996-2020 (54.8%, Sansibar, Ex-Bourbon Cask, 279 bottles)

Colour: Light gold with straw hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence at all. A lot of vegetal and mineral notes, freshly cut granny smith apples, grapes, tangerines, orange and lemon zest and also a lot of wax! Nice start to say the least!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is very thick and coats very well all the palate. At first there is a lot of sour and acidic fruit notes with granny smith apples, grapes, orange juice, lemons, plums, peach and also candied tangerine, candle wax, acacia honey and freshly cut grass. At the end of the mouth appears some very strong mineral notes and chalk adding even some more complexity to the dram!
Finish: Long. It starts with the acidic fruit notes one more time but it slowly disappears in favour of those strong mineral notes, chalk and waxy notes giving a very dry and austere finish which I love!

That’s a very nice dram for sure. I liked the mix of acidic and sour notes with some heavy mineral and waxy notes in this profile. The power, complexity and balance are top notch here!
Oh and pay attention, it’s obviously highly quaffable!

Score: 90

Now that I tasted the full set I have to say that I’am quite impressed with the quality and the consistency in those bottles. I definitely felt the hunt of special gems into these bottling with these little touch of originality and complexity even in the youngest bottlings and also the powerful old school profile full of balance in those two oldest drams. Hats off to the Sansibar team and thank you for this very nice selection and also for those very nice labels!

These bottles seems to be still available online if you’re looking well.

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