The Schtick: This is my first brush with a Mannochmore expression. It is bottled by Gordon & MacPhail after being selected by Bounty Hunter Wine in Napa, California. It is aged in sherry casks and bottled at cask strength without coloring or filtering.
For those of you that don’t know of, or haven’t heard of Mannochmore, that’s alright. I hadn’t until I bought this. Mannochmore was founded in 1971 by Haig & Co and produced spirit until 1985 when it was shuttered for 7 years. After several years of producing grain whiskey, it produced its first single malt in 1992. This expression was distilled in 1994, so shortly after their malt beginnings.
One interesting product to come from Mannochmore was the 1996 release of the black Loch Dhu. Furthermore, for some time, Mannochmore and Glenlossie operated on a rotating 12 month schedule, since being an employee of one distillery meant you were the employee of both distilleries and rotated yearly. This changed in 2008 when the distillery became crewed by a dedicated team, year round. It is now owned by Diageo.
Anyways, let’s dive in!
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 49.6% ABV
Age: 22 Years
Nose: Honey, melon, rich nutty sherry. Very wine forward, lots of raisin bread and dessert spices. Caramel, toffee, lots of syrupy fruits. Sort of earthy, as well. Fairly unique for what it is.
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Lots of honey, vanilla cream, raisin bread, strawberry candies, light toffee and some tobacco. Stewed fruits, tobacco, pepper, some apple cobbler.
Finish: Medium to long, mild heat. Bright, vibrant fruits, lots of honey, toffee, tobacco, apple pie, peach cobbler, faint pepper. Complex and unique, I’ve seen few base spirits interact with a finish like this.
Overall: This was delicious, interesting and unique. This is the first Mannochmore I’ve brushed with, and I’d love to try more. Cool selection by Bounty Hunter.
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