Mannochmore is a surprisingly young distillery, founded by John Haig & Co in 1971. Until 2008 she was run by the crew of the neighbouring distillery Glenlossie. She produces primarily for blenders and also acquired some notoriety with the black whiskey Loch Dhu. But today I will try a first fill bourbon barrel from independent bottler Lady of the Glen. A bottler with taste, no doubt, because they've also already bottled some Auchentoshan. Just kidding! Today I will try a teenager from Mannochmore, bottled in 2018, at cask strength.
The nose is sturdy. The alcohol lets itself be felt. But underneath is a lovely panoply of sweet notes in the guise of Brussels waffles with icing sugar, vanilla, lemons and some garden herbs. A big note of salt and pepper. Some stale ale in the background. It works. This is rather good on the nose.
Very feisty on the palate (salt and pepper, ginger, vanilla) with an intense sweetness. Our Brussels waffle returns, topped with apple and pear with icing sugar. Liquorice kicks in with a vengeance. It does does let itself be felt, mind you. This is a sweet, but very powerful, Mannochmore.
In the finished I get mostly white fruit, icing sugar and pepper.
A very bright Mannochmore with lots of sweetness.