Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
An old wine cellar by candle-light
Stated Age
29 years old
1st Fill Barrique / Ex-Red Wine
Number of bottles
47.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 May 2018 7:37 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 198.49

4 × in wishlist

18 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mannochmore 1988 SMWS 64.100

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.43 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Finished in a 1st Fill Charred Ex-Red Wine Barrique, I got a free and generous snifter after baulking at the dram price of £18.50 - though only £175 a bottle. Those figures ain’t right.

    N: This gives off oils that only age brings, along with a refined vanilla cask dunnage note - what Charles Maclean more appropriately calls bung cloth [I think]. Peanuts come to the fore alongside oily candy and floral boiled sweets. It’s a familiar nose with common traits that many a well-aged whisky from a decent bourbon-cask display. Last time I came across it was a few days earlier at the Fringe [Blog], in the form of a 1979 BBR single blend. A touch of metallic clotted cream comes later, surprisingly cheesy - almost cheesecake-y & also brie-like.

    T: Water helps it breathe and separate but initially it arrives like a wedge of crystalised sugars and a vanilla/bourbon-led maltiness. Those 29 years of maturation don’t seem to have conjured much complexity, the spirit seemingly unwilling or unable to transform into much more than a beautifully balanced/neutral cask-aged spirit. It’s a simple yet pleasing profile if a tad dry.

    F: Old bourbon-led finish, so no surprises there. Wine, what wine?

    C: There are younger & cheaper options but this is a fine older expression at a decent price.

    Scores a B

  2. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: We stood in the old and dusty wine cellar as the flickering light from scented candles cast dancing shadows across the vaulted stone ceiling. Heavenly aromas combined the sweet scents of oak barrels with the mushroom laden indulgence of truffles and milk chocolate. Taking cheeky samples from casks opened a world of honey and soft fruits ranging from apricots and plums to oranges and mandarins with wax covered skins. Cinnamon and cloves merged with fennel seeds and dark chocolate with a texture that was chewy, thick and full of citrus oils. Finally came a barrage of heavy antique furniture that grew into tree bark on the finish with the distinctive nuance of wine bottle cork. After spending 28 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a 1st fill charred red wine barrique for the remainder of its maturation.


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