When I reviewed the Secret Highland 1983 a while ago, I told you there was also a Secret Highland 1987 bottled by the WhiskyNerds. Both sherry casks, but this one has a darker colour with more red hues.
Secret Highland 31 yo 1987
(49,7%, Whisky Nerds 2019, refill sherry hogshead #27, 167 btl.)
Nose: darker, certainly more sherried than the 1983 but a similar un-modern style. Plums and raisins, lots of leathery notes, moss and slightly damp, leafy notes. Cigar boxes. Mixed nuts. A subtle mineral side too.
Mouth: a fairly dry, spicy profile, fairly wood-driven. Leathery sherry, hints of rancio and old oak. Tobacco. Herbal tea. Walnuts and Seville oranges. A little all-spice. Lacking just a little juicy fruitiness perhaps.
Finish: quite long, on oak, tobacco and herbal tea.
A dry sherry profile, far away from the modern, first-fill / seasoned versions. Great selection again, even though the 1983 is more special. Around € 300, some bottles left I believe.