Mannochmore 2001/2013 12yo SMWS 64.47 [209 bts] 61.2%
N: Ginger cake, cinnamon, some cream cheese putty and hints of [Packamak] waterproof lining, all good. Plenty of chocolate, muddy fruits & berries [mainly pears preserved in mud, if you will], big vanillas and a huge wood=spirit activity. Alongside its sister [SMWS 64.63], its mainly vanilla malt by comparison.
T: True to form on delivery and journey, its a rather refined honeyed malt with a consistent yumminess. Thankfully takes water very well and needs too. This means less abv astringency and more chocolate, but it struggles with being peppery and resinous.
F: A short finish on light & warm. milk chocolate, bentonite clay and not forgetting the almost inevitable vanillas at the death
C: In the end, not a complex malt but certainly a more than reasonable one. The older sister with two more years on the clock is more superior however.
Scores a C+
Mannochmore 2001/2015 14yo SMWS 64.63 [14 bts] 55.2%
Some background then. After 209 bottles were extracted from a first fill ex-bourbon cask for SMWS bottling 64.47 WB, some whisky was left to maturate - for a further two years. it transpires. After that time only 14 bottles remained but were deemed worthy of bottling.
Time well spent’
N: Some background then. After 209 bottles were extracted from a first fill ex-bourbon cask for SMWS bottling 64.47 WB, some whisky was left to maturate - for a further two years. it transpires. After that time only 14 bottles remained but were deemed worthy of bottling. On the nose, its very similar to its younger sister but softer - after all the abv is 9% lower for a start, in only two years! This one is more fruity than the maltier younger sibling and in fact its like a classy, no nonsense, single cask bourbon with subtle wood complexities that have developed from that extra maturation time - go figure!
T: Huge vanilla and peppery attack - thats going back to drinking this neat after finishing the hugely diluted 12yo. With only a little water brings ‘yum’ noises. It then materialises [as on the nose] as a sweet=medicinal bourbon with a fruity development and luscious buttery chocolate mouthful into the finish. More than just bourbon, theres something of a chocolate liqueur=buttered rum toddy experience with some equally prominent privet hedge leafy green notes hitting from the fresher side. Still needs a little more water, but doing so opens it up to more fresh astringency.
F: Just like a bourbon its gone in a flash with vanilla chocolate notes concluding, but here the former notes from the palate linger wonderfully.
C: A fascinating side-by-side tasting highlighting the huge improvements that can come from longer maturation, even if it is just for 14 bottles that remained - which meant some serious wood contact in that time. Time well spent.
Scores a B