Mannochmore 18 Year Old Whisky 2009 Bottling
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt.
From Mannochmore, an active distillery on Speyside.
A first limited release in this series.
From an unrepeatable, intriguing and unique mix of recharred ex sherry bodega European Oak with recharred ex Bourbon and new American Oak casks that had also held sherry, filled in 1993 after a short initial ageing in normal refill cask.
Only 2604 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
Interesting for Mannochmore enthusiasts to compare with the 1997 Rare Malts 22 year old release.
Rounded, delicious and elegant - a fine aperitif malt, which strikes an appealing balance between silky, oily smoothness and flightier, more aromatic characteristics.
Appearance - Rich amber, polished bronze. Very slight beading.
Nose - Slow to rise. At first, a forest floor in autumn - damp air, earthy and wet. Above this, sweeter notes, soon developing into a compote of fresh autumn fruits - ripe berries, with some red apple. Later, very distant smoke and hints of antiseptic. Later still, a surprising and sparky orange zest. Overall, quite light and well structured. Water makes things softer and more elegant, bringing forth gentle orange fruit gums over hints of creamy caramel.
Body - Light, yet also lightly oily and tongue coating.
Palate - Very hot, powerful and urgent at full strength. Immediate orange oil, then a developing complexity. Toasted cereal notes, tarte au chocolat scented with orange and a little ginger, the bite of a fruit compote. At once light and drying, yet deliciously oily with a particularly well balanced acidity. Very late and subtle cocoa with hints of cigar box cedar. Water cools things down - it's all lighter, cooling and minty now, with some boiled fruit sweets.
Finish - Long and persistent. Although hot and drying, remains smooth, silky, warming and delicate, with a sweetly fragrant rose water aftertaste.
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