Secret Highland 1985 (The Nectar of the Daily Drams)

Secret Highland 1985 (The Nectar of the Daily Drams)

The Nectar (the No.1 independant (sic) importer as they call themselves) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with a couple of special releases. A highlight so far is this Secret Highland 1985, a single malt of 35 years of age.

It reminds us of a similar undisclosed expression that was recently bottled by The Whisky Agency, which was rumoured to be undisclosed Glenmorangie.


Secret Highland 35 yo 1985 (47,2%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2021, 15th Anniversary)

Nose: “old” fruity notes up front. Mirabelles, ripe apples, peaches. Furniture polish, dried wildflowers, a hint of dusty books and plenty of waxy notes. Subtle hints of shoe polish. Several types of honey as well, heather honey for sure. Also grated coconut and a little spearmint. Multi-layered and elegant.

Mouth: rich, oily and fairly sweet. It starts on Earl Grey tea and vanilla. It’s all melted together so there are few recognizable fruits, except maybe a little tangerine. Herbal tea with honey, mint leaves and a little cake. Later some milk chocolate, waxy notes and a hint of leather. Very silky, with just a hint of rounded oak. Even a puff of (cask) smoke in the background.

Finish: medium, warm and rounded, on orange peel, leafy notes and honey.

On the same (high) level as the TWA cask, showing an impressively vibrant profile despite the age, and a great combination of herbal sweetness and rounded oak. Best price I could find was € 380 from The Bonding Dram.