‘Rosebank on rocket fuel’
N: Currently the oldest listed Mannochmore on WB . A powerful & strong chocolate malt. Even with water and then more water it's plain strong & so uncompromising. imagine Rosebank on rocket fuel and i kinda love it. Talking of roses, there are rose-water lemon notes after an hour or so and a little satsuma. Nothing like the fruit bowl of the previous Linkwood WB but moving closer to it.
T: Strong again, in both abv and sheer punch. Simply smashes through like a defiant strike of a sharp yet heavy blade. Add water and,... no change. An hour later and it's settled a little, trading a little of it's sheer power for more density. It's also a little less, sharp! Descriptors of note: heavy hummus-buckwheat paste.
F: Slightly bitter/sour, actually more bitter,... then sour - sour hummus with a touch of oily crisps at the death.
C: Mannochmore makes me smile, it's so resolute, so gutsy, so obstinate - so of course, lots of people will hate this outright. In the last few years [2015-17], it's the SMWS that are presenting the best Mannochmore’s in my microcosmic whisky world. Let's stay with on the 'off the radar' radar distilleries and move to Teaninich WB.
Scores a C+