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April 7, 2017


Mannochmore and birds

Another name that’s not very famous. I always like to taste these underdogs, even if WF’s very distinguished readers do not seem to bother much (according to Gogol’s Analytics). Mind you, I wouldn’t taste Springbank or Lagavulin each and every day! On second thought, err…

Mannochmore 16 yo 1998/2014 (46%, Spirit of Scotland for Van Wees, refill hogshead, cask #5270)

Mannochmore 16 yo 1998/2014 (46%, Spirit of Scotland for Van Wees, refill hogshead, cask #5270) Always nice to see this old label by G&M reappearing here and there. Well done Van Wees! Colour: white wine. Nose: I couldn’t quite define Mannochmore’s style, so we won’t try to spot deviances and differences. What’s sure is that this is kind of metallic and sooty, it almost noses like grandma’s old copper kettle or something. Then we rather find clay and lemon zests, then more metallic things again. Old toolbox… Mouth: really very unusual. Very grassy, always quite metallic, with some rotting fruits and some rather weird herbal liqueur. Very anachronistic, to say the least. Finish: medium, rather sour, with some soft chilli (Espelette). Nicer notes of oranges and even passion fruits in the aftertaste. Comments: the kind of whacky whisky that’s almost un-scorable. If you keep a very open mind you could climb up to, say 82-83 or perhaps even a little more. If you’re in a bad mood or ultra-conservative, you could go down to 50. So, (83+50)/2 = 66 points but in this case, scores are almost useless, as it’s a bottling for science. Kind of. Worth owning! (SGP:371)

Mannochmore 28 yo 1988/2016 (46%, Whisky-Fässle, hogshead)

Mannochmore 28 yo 1988/2016 (46%, Whisky-Fässle, hogshead) Four stars Some of our favourite ducks are back! Colour: white wine. Nose: I do find a little copper again, but we’re nowhere near the 1998’s extravagant metallic profile. Also fern, a little fresh butter, seaweed, then faint hints of brake fluid, then more traditional fruits, peaches, perhaps rhubarb (granted, not some fruit), perhaps a little sorrel? Very interesting… Mouth: tart, zesty, very lemony, and peppery. It’s almost some wasabi-ed lemon marmalade. Lemongrass,… well, anything lemony. The background’s a little sweeter and more syrupy, though. Finish: rather long, going from lemon until 1:15, to white pepper from 1:16 to 2:20. Of course I’m trying to joke. Comments: perhaps one of my favourite Mannochmores ever, I find it even better than last year’s very good official Special Release. SGP:661 - 87 points.

Last minute bonus:

Mannochmore 28 yo 1988/2016 (47.9%, Antique Lions of Spirits, bourbon, 267 bottles)

Mannochmore 28 yo 1988/2016 (47.9%, Antique Lions of Spirits, bourbon, 267 bottles) Four stars A very Moon-Import-The-Birds-esque new bottling by some transnational friends. Viva la Europa! Remember Moon Import used to be, to my knowledge, the first bottlers to add pictures that had strictly nothing to do with whisky to their labels. Cars, costumes, ships... and birds. Many do that now. Colour: white wine. Nose: very crisp, mineral, with whiffs of wet limestone and many unripe green fruits. Kiwis, perhaps, apples, rhubarb… All that before it tends to resemble the Fässle more and more, which can’t be bad news. Touches of soapwort, fresh butter, grist... Mouth: shall I copy-and-paste from the above? The two whiskies are almost identical, but I do not think it’s a shared cask. Super good. Finish: same. Comments: hurray, we’ve now got two favourite Mannochmores! This one is maybe a tad more ‘cerebral’ than the other. SGP:561 – 87 points.

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