2010 Berry Bros. & Rudd Mannochmore, Cask No. 3366/7/8, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside (46%)
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Mannochmore Distillery, Speyside
Mannochmore, a close neighbour of Glenlossie, in the valley of the Lossie, south of Elgin, is a modern distillery, founded by John Haig & Co in 1971.
It fell silent in 1985, re-opened in 1989 as part of UDV (Diageo), only to be permanently mothballed after a few years of activity in 1995. Its original role was to contribute to the Haig blends, augmenting the production of its partner distillery Glenlossie.
Mannochmore created the first black whisky, the Loch Dhu. Loch Dhu, which means Black Lake in Gaelic, was aged in special, double-charred oak casks. Charring the casks twice, enhanced Loch Dhu's distinct black colour, and its smooth, slightly sweet flavour.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.
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‘Rarely seen as a single malt, this distillery has endured long periods of closure until after 2013 when the distillery began to increase production. The style of whisky produced here tends to be lighter in style but not as oily as sister distillery Glenlossie.’
Doug McIvor, Reserve Spirits Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd
Quite mineral, grassy and malty on the nose as the fruit notes emerge. There is a green edge of lime and kiwi, apple and a little peppery edge. The palate builds well with more in the way of lemon zest, buttered toast and white pepper. Lingering and balanced in a refined manner.
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