Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon hogshead
Added colouring: No
Owner: Chapter 7 Whisky
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: chapter7whisky.com
After trying the first ‘high-run’ blended, I explore what is the true core range of Swiss bottler Chapter 7, namely the single casks.
Mannochmore is one of the many distilleries in Diageo’s immense portfolio whose destiny is to end up in their blends, if not for the only official bottling in the Flora&Fauna line that I had the chance to try.
Here I find myself with a 2008 single cask distillate, poured into 338 cask strength bottles on 15 October 2020 after eleven years.
The Monologue line, as you can guess from the name, is dedicated entirely to single casks.
The nose is fresh and floral, with impressions of lavender and rosehip on which are grafted pineapple, lychees, pear, unripe banana, custard, candyfloss, lemon drop. Slight touch of acetone. It seems younger than its age.
On the palate, the spicyness grows, with white pepper and ginger, which gives a sparkling touch to the pleasantly creamy composition of yellow fruit (apple, pear, pineapple), almonds, sugar paste, vanilla and bread. Nuts and lemon zest.
Medium-long, astringent finish of ginger, lemon, green apple, nuts and aniseed.
A whisky that appears very young indeed, linear, fresh and pleasant. An almost summery dram, balanced, without flaws. As you could say, a good whisky.
Reviews of Mannochmore whisky in the blog:
Mannochmore 12yo Flora&Fauna