Yesterday I was a guest at the party in honor of the 50th birthday of my good friend Benny J, my regular supplier of Teeling (and many other) samples. And, yes, even though it was his party, he again put a box of samples in my hand, including this young Mannochmore from Signatory that was selected by a French supermarket chain and the Belgian Huis Windels, the oldest tobacconist in Mechelen where you can also buy whisky and other spirits since 2003.
Very fresh nose on orchard fruit and vanilla. Young apples, young pears and some gooseberries. Very light and accessible. A card player’s whisky on the nose, I have to say. Far from complex and yet very pleasant.
Light mouthfeel and a fine continuation of the nose, supplemented with something of lemon and white pepper. Some quinine and unripe pineapple in the background.
The finish is surprisingly long on more of the same.
A lightweight with little going on, but sometimes a very ordinary whisky can also just be very tasty.