Dram Review: Antique Lions of Spirits Mannochmore Aged 28 Years

[47.9%・28 Years Old・Distilled in 1988・Bottled in 2016・Joint Bottling of Jens Drewitz, Max Righi (Whisky Antique) and Diego Sandrin (Lion’s Whisky)・Single Cask Release of 267 Bottles]

Nose:

Warm salted caramel poured on creamy vanilla ice cream.  Pears, stone fruits, rice paper and toasted nuts. Incense wood in blended with shades of dried flowers in the background.

Palate & Finish:

Succulent front palate of tropical mangos, lemons and oranges with a quirky dose of bubble gum flavouring.  Quite a creamy undertone splashed with spices.

The bright citrus oil gradually fades away as the tropical notes get restrained by the oak dryness.

Thoughts:

A classy Mannochmore that just needs that little something to make it truly special.

☆ [Recommended]

Nicholas

Whisky Review: Mannochmore The Manager’s Dram 1997

Style: Ultra Sweet and Spicy

Nose:
A heavy breath of chilli spice followed by full-bodied aromatic sweetness. Parma violet, slightly soapy, vanilla sugar and malt syrup. Boldly sweet. Nose-burning, eye-watering peppermint spice assaulting your senses. A curious mineral flick, honey dripping onto oak staves towards the end.

Palate:
Massive sweetness smashes in with tremendous force, spirit plucking quite a few malty strings. Sweet pastry, fruit Danish, barley sugar and a layer of vanilla cream chanting in harmony. Herbal greens and chilli at maximum fire power. Towards the end we have creamy coconut notes. Oily and delicious.

Finish:
Vanilla milk, a hint of barley and white chocolate. Quite juicy, coconut cream to finish.

Thoughts:
66%! And that’s above filling strength, I wonder why would they want to do such a vat. Especially when Mannochmore is a rather spicy distillate in my book. An interesting dram which demonstrates a parade of sweetness outlining the creamy texture. Very charming, I suppose that’s what the manager was aiming for. But I suppose not everyone can withstand the intensity of this dram. If you are not prepared for an ultra-powerful whisky, water is mandatory. Intriguing concept of whisky making, I guess…

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[66% • Original Bottling • 1997 Bottled • 1979 Distilled • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • 683 of 1800 Bottles • Limited Release • t]

-Esmond

Dram Review: SMWS 64.55 Mannochmore “A Sultry Soirée”

[55.8%・24 Years Old・Distilled in 1990・Bottled in 2014・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 173 Bottles]

Nose:

A savoury barbecued meat note on the nose with a slight hint of anise sharpness. Waxy with thick doses of honey, toasted vanilla cream and white chocolate sauce. Cinnamon and caramel notes intertwined within. Some fruity notes in there as well such as watermelon and orange blossom.

Palate & Finish:

A really special palate, mango sauce at first. melted vanilla ice cream, sugar cured watermelon just like from the cake from Black Star Pastry. A slight hint of raspberry collie and banana toffee.

A exhilaratingly spicy finish of chilli and pepper with some barley notes, vanilla and fruity sweetness keeps sipping through.

Thoughts:

Truly a great whisky, is this the best of 2014? Well, I can think of a couple other SMWS expressions that would be in the same conversation, but that’s just a testament to the impeccable quality of their products.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas