Mannochmore – which can be found on the same grounds as Glenlossie – is one of Diageo’s work horses for the blends. There are only a handful of official releases and this is one from 1990 – a vintage of which there are two officials: the 25 Year Old from the Special Releases in 2016 and this 18 Year Old from 2009 at cask strength.
Dark, sweet and mildly herbal nose on – in random order, for every time I put my nose in the glass, I get something new! – Café Noir cookies, shoe polish, tropical fruit like kiwi, dates and plums, cranberry juice, cold espresso, mocha and mint. This nose is simply delicious.
It is powerful, spicy (a truckload of nutmeg!), creamy and shows a lot of oak – without becoming oaky – while oranges and apricots shove their fruity colleagues to the side. Ginger and vanilla. The mint returns and some peanuts appear. Midpalate I get some candied syrup.
The finish is sweet, remains spicy and lasts very long.
Admittedly, I have not yet tried a lot of Mannochmore, but this one is very, very good! I tried it in the middle of the Corona crisis, while forced to work from home. Well, if this is the type of dram I can put on the table, then I hope my quarantine may last for a bit. Still around for 300 EUR. Not cheap for an 18 years old, but well worth it.