Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
see notes
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
04 Oct 2016 12:01 pm by brandyhill1
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 352,88

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Whisky Reviews for Mannochmore 1990

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.31 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    a wonderful - impressively exotic fruity malt and not another sherry monster - which still delivers a full load of oak - the nose is a dream - if it weren't so expensive I would have to have a few boxes of it - the complexity will take me a while longer
    • Nose
      intense creamy buttery vanilla-bursting coconut sweetness rises from the glass - it feels as thick as if you could cut it, there is also a growing fresh vegetal, slightly grassy oak note, delicate fresh fragrant peaches, unripe walnut shells, melons, apricot, pineapple, mango, Oranges and orange oil - the oak develops a cooling mint note, light bitter tones, some tobacco
    • Taste
      sweet and intense tropical fruity, noticeable strength and warmth but no burning, vanilla sprinkle with a hint of cloves and nutmeg, strong multi-layered oak tones, dark chocolate with mint, tobacco tingling on the palate - with slightly bitter roasted notes, this strong vanilla note flashes again and again up, the sweetness-acid balance goes a little more in the direction of sourly fruity - for me it goes wonderfully with the strong oak notes and the vanilla
    • Finish
      Mint and orange oil stick to the palate and tongue - warming and cooling, the oak notes tingle on the cheeks and a little dryness spreads in the mouth

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      An intense conglomeration of different fruits and spicy oak notes rises from my glass. Over the first 20 minutes, I find distinct aromas of orange, mango / passion fruit, forest honey, green apples, caramel, herbs and a noticeable spiciness of the different oak barrels. From the high alcohol content in the amount of 53.4% ​​(cask strength) is nothing to feel. Simply wonderful, how the sweet fruit notes harmonize with the spicy wood notes.
    • Taste
      Very powerful start with a light tingling on the tongue, but without appearing alcoholic. Very saliva-stimulating and oily from the mouthfeel. The mouth is flooded with a very complex cargo of flavors. Above all, bright exotic fruits, delicate floral notes, oranges, vanilla, toffee, light roasted aromas, coffee, marzipan and a pronounced spiciness of oak barrels make themselves felt. Is there a slight hint of smoke in the background? A slight bitterness already sets in.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Subtle smoky notes combine pleasantly with sweet, exotic fruits, orange peel and a strong oak spice, which creates a pleasant bitterness and a slightly drier mouthfeel.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] Another one of theses pricey Diageo special releases but some of them were pretty bad in the last years - so I wonder if this one of the infamous "Loch Dhu" distillery is worth its bucks...

    ...and it is not! Are they no longer able to produce high-quality spirits in Scotland so they have to bury them under tons of wood? If I want to drink such stuff I go for Bourbon whisk(e)y, why should I spent a multiple on Scotch that tastes like a standard Bourbon? What a stupid strategy, Diageo!
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is deep copper and the nose is somewhat strange on extreme grassy notes, machine oils, nail varnish remover and sawdust. After some breathing it turns nicer with more vanilla notes and marshmallows but now it smells rather like a bourbon whisk(e)y. To be honest, this is not a nosing profile I prefer - very wood driven and completely non-Scotch (like so many modern drams).
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is sweet on candy sugars and some shy fruits but the woods quickly take over the control of my taste buds - and they do not like this. Another extremely wood-driven dram that I call "woodsky" instead of "whisky". Whoever likes this have fun with it, this is not my kind of dram.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and not really coating, I expect more from a pricey "special release" - Diageo! The finish is of medium length and very drying on tannins. It adds more spices but nothing else. Water strengthens the bitter wooden notes, now it smells and tastes exactly like a Bourbon. Whoever loves this dram should seriously explore Bourbon whisk(e)y - you get good ones for a fraction of this price...

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A thoroughly great malt matured in First-Fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak barrels, new American Oak barrels and new European Oak Ex-Bodega barrels (butts) - one of my current favorite whiskys.
    Edit: Due to the enormously favorable exchange rate increased from 91 to 92 points
    • Nose
      freshly cooked warm applesauce, pear, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, vanilla, menthol, orange, even stronger tangerine! Apples, green and red, all incredibly intense, with oak spice, vanilla, ginger and some leather - wow!
    • Taste
      Pineapple! Coconut! Oily, creamy, waxy, great spicy, with vanilla, ginger, white pepper (not too much), again and again the intense oily-waxy pushes forward, very great mouthfeel. The aromas are mainly fruity, exotic, the pineapple, tangerine and coconut accompany the dram to the very end, milk coffee - orange, tangerine, always light spiciness of ginger + pepper, mint, licorice, wood extract, cantuccini, marzipan - insanely aromatic everything and a lot to taste ...
    • Finish
      Everything lingers on, pineapple, tangerine, coconut, cantuccini, mint and eucalyptus ...

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A potent nose, a vibrant palate that is also a little dirty (like some OB Brora), thick on the palate with plenty of depth to it.
    No need for water, some nice spice notes on show here.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Vince' scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Even the first nose is really special. Basically a very sweet but pleasantly elegant nose. Alcohol is in no case felt. Caramel, vanilla, shortbread alternate with woody, exotic and vinous fruit. The wood note is reminiscent of hot sawdust and charred wood. The pleasant fruit acid component fits perfectly into the variety of aromas and is also reminiscent of orange peel. Very complex! In the further analysis comes to me the association of old sherrygetränktem wood and reminiscent of acidic, but pleasantly harsh teen as well as bitter almond flavor, walnut and tobacco. The sweetness of the drop never falls into the background. If I have to give an example of a harmoniously elegant balanced nose, it would in any case be this drop.
    Taste: Sweet, pleasantly tingling mouthfeel. Tropical fruits alternate with intense vanilla. The sweet fruit note lasts surprisingly long and changes only after some time to something sour fruity or spicy notes such as tobacco and some leather.
    Elegant tenderly bitter woody notes with beautiful residual fruit occupy the tongue, reminiscent of heavily roasted nuts, orange peel and fruit tea with a splash of mint. The finish is eternally long but not intrusive dry but rather wonderfully spicy. Again and again echoes of vanilla, fruit and bitter notes shine through. A true palate and especially Nasflüichler, who has convinced me.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. waal scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted for the first time in 05/2017. Back then 95/100 and thus my best malt in 2017.

    Malt and vanilla as well as rich, burnt-out oak barrels. Very impressive, heavy and present. There are the flavors in the glass. As if perfumed and with additives. If I didn't know about the quality requirements, I would assume artificial flavors. What an outrage!
    Juicy, intense, great, peach, floral, fruity, perfect, dark, ripe banana, subtle spice, bacon rind for children (does anyone know that? I haven't had it in thirty years.), Noble, elegant, strawberries, some clove, blood orange , and so on. This Scotch is brutally (!) Complex!

    Mouth / outlet / Nachschmecken:
    In the mouth, the whisky starts with a pleasant acidity and dozen ripe fruits, as well as a relatively strong start, which tickles the mouth a little bit. The bowl of the pear and its sweet, fruity juice leave a clear impression in the mouth. Very juicy and pleasant! The barrel is not hidden either and clearly presents its burned-out staves. Grape seeds, light pepper and tannins play the counterpart to the pleasant 'sweet fruit notes.
    The tannins are fully present again in the medium to long and slightly sweet finish. The end for me is vinous notes with some anise and a hint of rosemary.

    I could smell hours on the glass, I could write associations for pages. A wonderful scotch that is classy and elegant. The incredible complexity makes it difficult to name all the flavors (sometimes you smell and taste flavors that you simply do not know) and even from the empty glass the malt looks absolutely sublime.
    A really nice bird indeed ;-) Nevertheless, I correct my 2017 rating by one point, since I would like to have a little more body in my mouth.

    94 points

  8. pianoman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full, round. Honey, sultanas, eucalyptus, some fennel. Red pears, blood oranges. White balsamic. Vanilla pudding. Green cut, dandelion. Freshly baked apple pie, muffins with pieces of orange. A touch of candle wax.
    • Taste
      Sticky, voluminous. Fruit salad, chopped almonds. Marzipan with dark chocolate. Grape seeds. Exotic grasses, water mint. Orange Softcakes.

  9. larswehmeier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great mature whisky without mistakes.
    • Nose
      First of all, nut cake! Gorgeous sweet baked flavors. Mature woody notes add subtle bitterness. Complex bittersweet first impression. Only very late show the fruit flavors with some orange peel and sweet apple. Mature, intense and extremely pleasant on the nose.
    • Taste
      Strong start. A lot of spicy oak. Slightly peppery. Mouth-filling and salivary-stimulating. Lots of dark chocolate, but only a very fine elegant bitterness. The orange shows up again.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Toasty aromas.

  10. edhunter15 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Not only does this Mannochmore have a nice overpack, it also convinces with that particular complex depth that can only be found with old whiskys. The combination of musty-sweet mash, pine nuts and yellow fruits in my nose is particularly appealing to me. But the taste also brings a lot to discover. But 300 € or more is still too much for what this malt delivers. € 100 less and the value for money would have been fine.
    • Nose
      These particular full and sweet mash aromas found only on long matured whiskys paired with soft cedar wood, lots of creamy vanilla, eucalyptus and sweet pine nuts give a very elegant and complex first image. I have to think directly of an old Talisker or Brora. In these malts, the smoke was able to break down into very complex and spicy-sweet notes. I also find this aroma here without a smokiness, which I do not miss either. This is followed by wonderfully aromatic yellow fruit notes (quince marmalade, apricot jam, mango), followed by sugared marzipan stollen, musty-sweet cereal notes and sourdough bread.
    • Taste
      Here it starts surprisingly woody with cedar wood, resinous spruce wood and a wood glue that is interesting in a positive sense. Shortly thereafter, the pine nuts, forest honey and sweet quince marmelade also show up.
    • Finish
      The finish is again very complex with a great mixture of resinous Holzarmomen, spicy vanilla, soft coffee roasted aromas, tobacco leaves, covered with dark chocolate pine nuts and menthol.


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