Mannochmore 12 Year Flora & Fauna

Single Malt

Mannochmore // Speyside, Scotland

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    1. schnabeltier

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
    2. Scott_E

      Tasted
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
      Another work week closes out and allows me some time to pull from the backlog of whisky from our little touring group. This sample provided extremely generous @PBMichiganWolverine. A nosing starts off floral, light with a touch of sweetness. Honeysuckle, vanilla confectionery frosting. These are contained of encased with a toasted oak. As it opens, bourbon qualities are revealed. Brown sugar, cinnamon, cardboard, apricots. A rather busy, bright and inviting nose. A draw on the palate and the mind is thrown into confusion as the flavors do not reveal anything similar to the nose. Spicy and bitter initially of cinnamon and ginger root with orange rind. A trace amount of brown sugary sweetness. An earthy base supports the spicy bitterness: Tobacco leaves, potato skins with a mineral note. The body is slightly oily and slightly thick. The palate remains bitter with some oaky dryness for a length of time. An easily enjoyable dram that opens well and draws you in. A nose with a variety of aromas reminiscent of warm spring days. The palate throws you for a loop and a wealth of flavors it lacks. A good sipper, but nothing that is memorable or something I would actively seek out. One outstanding question: I understand the flora, but what comprises the fauna? [83/100][Tasted: 9/14/18]
    3. mguef

      Tasted
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
    4. Telex

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      Wow - this is going to be a rough round of whisky I think for our group. This nose is just missing...vacant. I get the oak, some vanilla, distant light fruit. The palate bring some apples, butter, with a medium mouth coat, but only the alcohol remains. No finish to speak of really, other than some bitterness. As the Stormtroopers say, "Nothing to see here! Move along!!". Welp, let's slap a 2.25 on it. Thanks for getting this one for us @PBMichiganWolverine. The theme should bring more disappointment. Let's say "Never There" by Cake.
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    6. Generously_Paul

      Tasted
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
      Stop number 87 on the SDT is Mannochmore. For a detailed rundown on the Mannochmore distillery please see Lee’s review of this single malt. He did all the hard work as far as that goes. Bottled at 43% ABV and is chill filtered and has colorant added making it a yellow gold. The nose is strong bourbony oak, clearly this was bourbon matured. Honey, strong floral notes, mint, vanilla and tobacco. Leathery, brown sugar, almonds and more bourbon notes. Light cinnamon, fennel, hay and dry grasses. A touch salty, caramel, toffee and peanut brittle. It becomes chalky with a mineral note towards the bottom of the glass. Not bad, but not enough strength to carry the flavors adequately. The palate begins quite fruity. Nectarines, peaches, apricots, and orange oil. Slightly bitter oak, dark chocolate or cocoa powder and some leather. A bit of a BBQ note, floral and earthy. I suspect there may be more to this one, but family duties distracted me through much of the tasting and I wasn’t able to fully focus. A medium bodied mouthfeel that is fairly dry. The finish is medium long, fruity, earthy, floral with light oak. This is decent stuff if not on the light side. Nice orchard fruits on the palate, but a tad bitter (I’ve had much worse though). At $55 it’s a reasonable price for a 12 year old, but for a middle of the road malt I think is rather spend my money elsewhere. 3.25 and thanks to @PBMichiganWolverine for the sample. Cheers
    7. LeeEvolved

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      One of the great things about attempting to try a sample of every active Scottish distillery is that you learn a lot of things about places you never knew really existed, and in our case, you get to try whisky from distilleries that aren’t readily available in our area. The bad part- you find out that quite a few of these distilleries belong exclusively in blends. Sadly, this is one of the latter: Mannochmore. Specifically, the Diageo Flora & Fauna released, 12 year old. Mannochmore was founded in 1971 by John Haig & Co, in the Speyside town of Elgin. It was mothballed in 1985, while later re-opening in 1995 on a crazy year-on/year-off schedule with the neighboring Glenlossie Distillery. They shared employees for many years, until Mannochmore was fully staffed and resumed a full-time operating schedule in 2008, under Diageo. They have an annual production of 3.2 million liters, with their stuff going primarily into Haig Club blends. They are also a part of the Flora & Fauna releases from Diageo- check out a video on YouTube from Aqvavitae about the entire F&F series- it’s a fun and informative program. Moving on, this whisky is bottled at 43%, has color added and is chill-filtered. It’s light gold and produces lots of oily legs in the Glencairn when you give it a spin. The nose is very buttery with hints of young oak and light florals. I even detected some yellow cake mix in there on subsequent sips. The palate is also reminiscent of buttered popcorn with a medium, mouthfeel that turns to harsh oak rather quickly. There isn’t any depth or complexity to this malt at all, the butter notes quickly turn somewhat rancid and unenjoyable. I even dumped the last 0.5oz or so into the sink. The finish was medium length with a continued theme of bitter oak and butter. Overall, I can’t see why Diageo would want to showcase this malt in the Flora & Fauna series- this one is clearly not something I’d want to celebrate- much less add to a blend. Oh well, they know something we all don’t and it remains an operating distillery. I’d avoid this one altogether. 1.5-1.75 stars. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go chug a bottle of hot sauce to get this butter taste out of my mouth. Thanks to my friend @PBMichiganWolverine for wasting his money on this so I didn’t have to. Cheers.
    8. PBMichiganWolverine

      Tasted
      1.0
      1.0 out of 5 stars
      Yeah, this can pass for sippable after you’re already passed out drunk. Otherwise...no. Pathetic nose. Like Elmer’s glue. Back in 8th grade, I knew a bunch of miscreants that would’ve loved the nose in this...better than getting high on the glue at least. Taste: bitter fruits. Sorry...I can’t finish this...going for that Adelphi Winter Queen instead. Getting too old to put up with crap whisky.
    9. Elwynor

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      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
    10. Sni

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      fruchtig, aber recht bitter
    11. Camardicus

      Tasted
      2.0
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      Floral, lightly citric, but mostly ethanol on the nose. Anaesthesizing mouthful following suit. Woodsy character on the palate, with hints of orchard fruit and bananas barely coming through. Warm, short and spicy finish with an unforgivable bitter aftertaste. Pretty bad, if not short of catastrophic. This barely gets 2 stars.
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