In the nosing it appears a bit more mature, but it doesn't matter much. Light fruits, here too some bitterness and a slight solvent note from the alcohol. With a few drops of water, a few vanilla notes are released and give the aroma some structure and warmth. But that is all too little and not very attractive.
The taste starts with a vanilla sweetness that is nice and oily on the tongue, but then quickly becomes alcoholic and bitter. There is hardly any fruit and the vanilla is not fresh, reminiscent of a vanilla bean that has been open on the kitchen cupboard for too long.
Bitter and dry with an alcoholic note and too little oak spice.
This whisky can't convince me of Mannochmore either. According to the Whisky Yearbook, Mannochmore is fermented for a long time - for that there should be more fruit notes, which I missed in both SMoSs I tried. In my opinion, both whiskys were not matured well in barrels that were too old and were therefore not able to develop. Too bad. This whisky costs around €60, which I don't want to spend on it.