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Mannochmore 1990

Overall rating
88.55/100
votes
232
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2009
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American & European Casks
Number of bottles
3210
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9 113 LS000
Barcode
5000281026114
Added on
24 Sep 2009 6:16 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 304.96

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232 × member ratings

273 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mannochmore 1990

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.55 points

  1. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B22

    Great whisky! Good example of how sherried maturation should be made

  2. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    wow..what a dram. I only had one mannochmore before this and I just cannot remember it, would not write notes then.
    I simply find this a brilliant bottle.
    91/100
    • Nose
      elegant sherry profile with dried fruits (sultanas, dates) and lots of leather and tobacco aromas.
      let it rest for a while and it rewards you with tinned pineapple, mango, peaches and oranges. the leather and tobacco slowly vanishes. the sherry fruit gets into the background and the bourbon fruits win the match. with water: the dried fruits are back. very funny development.
    • Taste
      love this! really very good. wonderful harmony between the dried and the fresh fruits.
      the dried fruits are really back in the game, juicy to creamy mouthfeel. caramel and  a little oak. a bit peppery too.
      with water: ahh, even better. add some eucalyptus,
      high quality toffee, marzipan and milk chocolate
    • Finish
      long, very balanced

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I visited all distilleries in Scotland (most of them several times over the last 20 years) but the one I have searched for the longest time was Mannochmore (this was before the Internet and navigation systems were available).  More than three times I drove the road where it supposed to be and than I stopped frustrated at Glenlossie distillery to ask for direction.  The guy laughed loudely and pointed to a building two blocks behind Glenlossie on the same property.  "There is Mannochmore."  At this time it was not producing as the whisky boom had not started yet.  All doors were locked, the stills unpolished and the windows not cleaned for years.

    Mannochmore is infamous for its heavily critised "Loch Dhu" experiment and still today there are not many really good releases available.  It was (and probably will ever be) a workhorse for Diageos blends.  This dram certainly is one of the better Mannochmore, but still not really convincing.  After some nice sherry aromas in the nose there is a rather hot arrival in the mouth followed by some quiet wooden/bitter notes that I did not expect in a 18 year old.  The finish is not very long and again slightly drying out.  Water improves it somewhat but the bitter notes increase almost the same way as the pleasant ones do. 

    Come on, Diageo, you can do better than that....
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting development that this malt undergoes from the pouring down to the last occupancy of the tongue, a partly unexpected development. The balance is good, but not perfect, which gives it a few rough edges and increases the tension. However, alcohol integration could be better. An exceptional painting that you can deal with for a long time.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    I knew that these raspberries seemed familiar to me, that I had them in my glass in summer 2017. This time I liked it even a little bit better.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Lots of acid immediately after pouring, old sherry, dusty cellar, tobacco and leather. In between a hint of sweet, candied rhubarb. After a few moments, it becomes creamier for a short time, but dries immediately and is taken over by the oak cabinet. Unfortunately also a little sulfur dioxide, fortunately only flashing occasionally. There is still no sign of the announced smoke. He can breathe now. Heavy, rich and incredibly sweet sherry malt says after waiting an hour. Creamy, raisin-dried apricots, honey and caramel. Movement brings the wood back, a lot of depth. Later there is ripe fruit, red apples, mirabelle, but also raspberries (Maoam), pannacotta, and bups, there is wood again. Fortunately, the sulfur dioxide has completely disappeared, but old rags and other muff can still be found. Roasted aromas appear. A layer of barrel acid hovers elegantly over all of this. Even if fruit and sweetness appear every now and then, especially if it could rest for a few moments, the oak tree clearly sets the tone here. With heat, it actually flattens first, then the raisins become stronger, then more dried fruit. It is also becoming increasingly creamy. The wood becomes a mere leg note. The density is back to the original level. In the meantime, a floral, almost perfume-like note can be found again and again.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very strong on the start, quite a chilli catch, strong acidity that underlines a fruitiness that was not yet evident in the nose, almost citrus-like. Add honey and a dash of menthol. The wood is not as present here as it is in the nose. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Only in the finish comes some wood, but still only very discreet, otherwise it is a simple but effective fading of the aromas, while a strong warmth spreads in the chest. The overall finish is medium long and never becomes dry or astringent, but the alcohol has left a certain numbness in the mouth. I also find no trace of smoke in the finish, but at the end there are still tannins on the tongue.

  5. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like him quite well, interesting profile and the Maoam note is awesome!
    • Nose
      Dark sherry profile first, then goes in the direction of sour, old sherry, in between chewy candy. After a long service life, a classic sherry profile (dried fruit, etc.) changes with a clean, sparkling clean raspberry-maoam note. As if you were sniffing at the pack. Very late a hint of sulfur. He does not like heat, he gets musty.
    • Taste
      Very sweet at first, acid joins in, a dash of white pepper and a few tannins, but mainly sweet, dark honey. In the second sip of herbs and eucalyptus, back now more tannins. Overall, he seems much more coherent at the second sip.
    • Finish
      He warms up a bit more and then sounds very slow and sweet.

  7. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Without water the dram is too bitter in the finish and the alcohol is a bit too strong in the nose. 

    All in all I expected a bit more from this dram. It is not bad but if you see an old 18y dram which has 88+ rating I was expecting more.
    • Nose
      A lot of oak! Yes quite nice but without water the alcohol is too strong for me. Some wine grapes (fermented) and quite complex. Ok but nothing which is a must have!
    • Taste
      A solid oak dram which seems to be well matured with its 18 years. Honey sweetness & beewax also some fruits (plums) so in the mouth the dram offers what I expected!
    • Finish
      Without water the finish is quite oaky and bitter. With water it is still there but much better and sweeter also as the plums come through and a bit of honey on top.

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. huseeraaja scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

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