Bought: Whisky Barrel, 6th May 2015
95.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
83.6/100 – Whiskybase (average from 7 member votes)
Founded in 1971, it will be a while before Mannochmore distillery will be celebrating its 200th Anniversary like Ardbeg and Laphroaig are doing this year. There are only 7 different single malts listed in the Whisky Bible 2015 by Mannochmore, 2 by the distillery, and 5 produced by independent bottlers. The 2 distillery bottlings are a 12yo scoring 84/100 and a ‘Manager’s Choice’ notching up an embarrassing 71.5/100. Of the 5 independent bottlings, here are their scores:
- 96/100 – Scottish Malt Whisky Society Cask 64.42, aged 22 years
- 95.5/100 – Gordon & MacPhail 1994 Connoisseurs Choice
- 91.5/100 – Old Malt Cask 13-year-old
- 91/100 – Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection 17-year-old
- 89/100 – Provenance Over 14 Years
As you can see, if you want to buy a bottle of Mannochmore, the Whisky Bible recommends going for an independent release, rather than direct from the distillery.
My bottle by Gordon & MacPhail is 2nd on the list with 95.5/100, which classifies it as a “superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to exist”. The Bible author, Jim Murray, says of the taste “if you locate a more spotless exhibition of intense yet clean and sugary barley this year, give me a call. The lilting poise of the oils beggars belief.” And summarises with “full of vitality, charm and class. Quite irresistible.” Definitely a worthy addition to my collection!