Cask: Bourbon hogshead
Colour: a sun withered pine
On the nose: upfront with vanilla, then lashings of whipped cream from an aerosol and scatterings of lime rind. Actually, on second inspection that cream has become creamed coconut with a sprinkling of lemon sherbet. More water into the mix results in more fruit notes arriving; juicy pineapple no make that more nectarines now. Maybe its just me but a little bit of smoke leaving this one to rest for a while. Classic Speyside stuff.
In the mouth: lightly toasted pine nuts followed by freshly cut apples and tarragon of all things just in the background, with the forefront dominated by the wood and vanilla. With water there is the essence of melted caramel but not the richly brown coloured variety; more the anaemic mass produced type.
An engaging nose soon fades away once you experience what flavours this Mannochmore has to offer. A really sweet gentle loving lass this one you can spend time with; sit back and enjoy. A little tense at first, a few drops of water and some time to adjust allows the malt to relax and open up. Can someone explain why we don’t see more of Mannochmore on the market?