Mannochmore is somewhat unknown, don’t you agree? Some might remember it from the famous – or infamous, I should say – black whisky Loch Dhu, which is quite undrinkable but a collectors’ item nonetheless. The distillery was built on the same grounds as the equally unknown Glenlossie distillery. Both have only a few official releases out. When checking my list, this is only the 8th Mannochmore I have tasted. It’s a first fill sherry cask that G&M bottled at cask strength.
Aha! Great nose on chocolate with praline filling. Salad mix (dried tomatoes, celery and quite a bit of salt), orange juice, hazelnuts, sultanas and Quality Street’s big round caramel candy. I find it inviting and pretty good. The fact that the alcohol does not numb the nose is an absolute plus.
The arrival is quite sturdy. Pretty spicy and immediately drying. The fruit struggles to shine through, but the caramel has no such troubles. On the palate it also shows a lovely umami side. Quite meaty if you can say that of a malt. Pine nuts? The alcohol is perfectly integrated. A malt with balls.
The finish is long on a handful of nuts drenched in honey.
Another pretty impressive Mannochmore.