Archive for the ‘Mannochmore’ Category

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mannochmore 1999 (14 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0996/ Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

A very mineral and citrus nose with hints of barley, grass, light honey and a touch of spice. 

The palate is soft and slightly buttery with a good barley intensity. Hints of soft white fruit, grass and stones come through on the middle. The palate is a lot more interesting than the nose. Good length, again slightly creamy with a citrus and spice finish.

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Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Mannochmore 1999 (13 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2217/ Dist: April 1999 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

A light, quite pleasant and typically fresh Speyside nose with hints of grass, slightly sweet barley, malt, pepper and citrus. 

The palate is light with some sweetish barley to begin with followed by hints of honey and nuts – Ideal for breakfast with your honey nut cornflakes! A very refreshing citrus laced middle with a slight grassiness. Good length with the citrus lingering along with a late, light creaminess

Speyside Distillery Scott’s Selection Mannochmore 1978 (20 year old) 60.3%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1978 Btl: 1998/ Tasted: Mar 2005

A light,aromatic, spirity, grassy nose with hints of earth, citrus fruit, light oil and bourbon oak. The palate is a lot richer than the nose suggests. Quite malty, intense and spirity. Water brings out the sweetness of the fruit and its incredibly spicy character. A long finish with creamy oak and coffee notes.

James MacArthur Old Masters Mannochmore 1990 (11 year old) 59.8%

Bourbon cask 2755/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2001/ Tasted: Dec 2006

Quiet a big, rich, malty and vanillery nose. Very oily and dominated by the clean American oak. It develops a delicate grassy note and a touch of leather. Soft and slightly oily on the palate again the vanilla oak takes centre stage, but is supported by spice and cut grass notes. Very intense with a high alcohol content, which obviously requires a drop of water.

It is only then that the distillery character starts to show as the oak is pushed to the background. It shows on a lovely grassyness and complex aromas of garden flowers, spice and pollen (?) and sweet, juicy citrus and mandarin fruit. This is gorgeous, the fruit flavour really linger on the palate.

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Mannochmore 1990 (15 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: June 2011

A soft, textbook, grassy Spey with a background of sherry oak. I’ve encountered more complex bottlings, but it’s pleasantly straightforward in a fleshy fruit way. With time hints of earth and soft, crumbly spice emerge. 

The palate opens with the grassy notes but some burnt caramel encroaches and to be honest the sherry character is a bit on the hard and tannic side. The alcohol hammers the middle and well that puts paid to any further enjoyment. There is a slight spicy and oily, malty note in the finish, but I’m somewhat unmoved.

Bladnoch Forum Mannochmore 1982 (28 year old) 50.8%

Bourbon Hogshead 2852/ Dist: 1982 Btl; 2010/ Tasted: Nov 2010

A lovely nose with a veritable bucketful of juicy fruit and honeyed barley along with plenty of supporting vanilla oak and spices. Over time it develops a touch of white fruit and a floral top note. Very luscious! 

A big, expressive palate. Voluptuously honeyed with plenty of gentle, earthy spice. Piquant alcohol cleans the middle and allows the spices to run riot on the finish. An exceptional whisky! 

With water the nose is even more luscious and juicy. Now displaying masses of semi-tropical fruit all coated with the most gorgeous pure honey imaginable. The palate is lighter and softer, now showing some fleshy banana fruit and botanical notes now the alcohol has been tamed. Still it is wonderfully honeyed, and there is even a slight peat note and finishing with an oak flourish. 

Bladnoch Forum Mannochmore 28 year old 52.1%

Bourbon Cask 2853/ Tasted: May 2011

An almost peated nose. Robust with old coffee and tobacco smoke notes. Very peppery and spicy with a hint of violets. Quite an unusual Mannochmore and it kind of puts me in mind of Brora. With time a touch of light Satsuma appears. 

A robust and full, if somewhat one dimensional palate. There is some mature white fruit, old coffee, earth and liquorice. Intensely alcoholic, leading to a slightly honeyed, mature orange finish. It feels a bit too old to be honest but it does have a pleasant herbaceous/ grassy flourish to finish. 

The nose is definitely livened up by a drop of water. Gorgeous, zesty orange and honey appear as does a light floral note. However the palate is a bit of a let down and has become watery (sugar water) and just plain old. The old wood is pretty much all there is on show now and it’s quite damp, rotten and earthy. A real shame, but as I suspected it’s just spent too long in the cask.

Diageo Flora & Fauna Mannochmore 12 year old 43%

Refill Sherry(?)/ Tasted: June 2012

The nose is slightly floral with some earthy orange fruit. However the toffee’d sherry notes intrude and the aromas have a slightly industrial/ hard feel to them. There is a touch of coffee and barley which is reasonably pleasant but with time a lanolin note appears. 

Quite oily on the palate, opening with some sherbet coated orange sweets and hints of stewed apple. Again slightly industrial and earthy. Short but intense with the sherry oak clamping down on the finish, although in saying that it does finish with a pleasant spiciness but also a touch of bitterness as well.

Diageo Natural Cask Strength Mannochmore 18 year old 54.9%

Aged in re-chrarred Sherry, Bourbon and new American oak

Tasted: Apr 2010

An interesting nose. No really distillery character but a lovely melding together of the various woods. There is plenty of nutty sherried dried fruit, American oak vanillins along with liquorice, coffee, ginger biscuits, pepper and herbs. Excellent balance and complexity. The palate is spotlessly clean, soft and possibly leans more toward the Oloroso sherry flavours – dried fruit, coffee, etc and there is a definite burnt wood note. The alcohol masks the finish. 

With water the nose become a lot more Oloroso in character but only initially, but the American oak really shines now. Some lovely crystalised orange fruit emerges, along with a touch of apple and caramel coated banana. The palate pretty much follows the nose.