The famous La Maison du Whisky bottled a series of malts in 2018 under the resounding name Four Styles. The four whisky’s, all at drinking strength, are The Fruity (a Mannochmore 2012), The Malty (an Inchgower 2013), The Oaky (an Auchroisk 2013) and The Peaty (a Bunnahabhain 2014). They were neither chill filtered nor colored. Today I’ll try the Mannochmore that matured for some 7 to 8 years on first fill bourbon barrel. And yet very pale.
The nose is very fresh and fruity and reminds me of summer immediately. Lemon juice, young apples, cucumber, mango and sugar water. It almost sounds like a summary cocktail and that's how this malt smells.
The body is very light and surprisingly enough reminds me of cucumber at first. The Fruity? Call it The Vegetable. Underneath some apples and now also some vanilla, crystal sugar and a hint of oak. Very simple, yet very summary and in the end that makes this malt quite pleasant. But this is certainly not complex.
The finish is medium long, surprisingly enough, with loads of vanilla and pepper, apples and, you've guessed it, cucumber.
A very simple, yet summery card players’ whisky. Feel free to use it for a highball. It's allowed.