It’s looking like a strange flight, as always. I order food [which was excellent and fairly priced], before asking after #64.
N: That’s young Mannochmore alright, presented at full power. That means, vanilla rocket fuel with a bucket of pencil shavings thrown in. Water isn’t going to touch it, though having said that, some bung cloth & fruity candy=berries do emerge with dilution. Like the 1988 vintage that follows, there’s an emerging coppery farmy note, though with little creaminess/cheesy-ness by comparison.
T: Yikes! It’s like a Strathmill with balls. Despite the sheer initial power, the honeyed malt does manage to flow through. Seemingly this malt doesn’t budge or waver past that, but give it plenty of water & time and the malty honey qualities do relax some. There develops a floral/fruit candy quality from within that malty grip, and also some biscuit notes also, but that fairly un-wavering form soon becomes tedious.
F: Pillow-soft dryness on the turn, with vanilla, pencil shavings, a little more sponge, a biscuity maltiness with a few baked raisins thrown in and a touch of baking powder. Not dissimilar to young Balblair on the finish, known for its robust quality spirit.
C: Sometimes this style of malt comes across better after more interesting/complex/academic whiskies, as a welcoming time-out dram - the more plain & resolute qualities potentially appearing more remarkable & admirable by contrast. I haven’t greeted the last few Mannochmore releases from SMWS with great fanfare, but this one [released in 2017], is closer to the money.
Scores a C