|Mannochmore, 1990, 18-year-old (Special Releases 2009) (Scotland) |
Like Benrinnes, the Speyside single malt of Mannochmore often slips below the whisky drinker’s radar, due to its scarcity, even from independent bottlers. Owners Diageo offer a 12-year-old in their ‘Flora & Fauna’ series, but this latest proprietary bottling differs significantly from that, due to its maturation regime. The expression comprises spirit from a mixture of re-charred, ex-Sherry bodega European oak casks, re-charred ex-Bourbon barrels and new American oak casks that formerly held Sherry.
Sweet and voluptuous on the nose, with vanilla, caramel and raisins. The palate is rich and fruity, full-bodied, with cinnamon and figs. Becoming nuttier. The finish is medium to long, with furniture polish notes. Finally spicy, dry oak.
54.9% ABV, 70cl, £105.00, specialist whisky merchants.
|Mannochmore, Diageo Manager's Choice 1998 (Scotland) |
The Speyside single malt of Mannochmore is much more elusive than either Caol Ila or Glenkinchie, and this expression is another to have been matured in a European oak bodega Sherry cask.
Sweet on the dense nose, with apricots, ginger, cream soda and Demerara sugar. Rich on the palate, with milk chocolate, orange marmalade and raisins, changing to dark chocolate orange in the lengthy, luscious finish.
59.1% ABV, 70cl, £200.00, specialist whisky merchants.