A 9 year old Mannochmore, filled on 5th March 2008 and matured for 9 years in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 201 bottles. Young & Spritely Flavour Profile.
Nose: Sweet and with a fair bit of zing. Straight off the bat we’re into candy-country with boiled sweets and indeed the sherbet highlighted in the bottle name. Sugar-dusted strawberries and some punchy lemon zest add juicy fruit and vibrancy. Sitting alongside this are some bready notes akin to yeasty buns and doughs, and some rather earthy vegetal notes which I’ll describe as similar to cactus or agave. The addition of water reduces the zingy sherbet aromas, but heightens the fruit notes, moving into a more tropical pineapple arena.
Taste: Lively and with the aforementioned sherbet still in play. Good mouthfeel but with some alcoholic burn when undiluted. Citrus and earthiness remain, and the bready flavours are joined now with nuttiness (almond) and some spicing in the form of nutmeg and pepper. Water much improves the balance of this dram on the palate to my taste and brings in some wine-like qualities as well as pronounced lemon rinds.
Finish: Medium to long with a very nice progressive fade and a hint of salinity towards the end.
This Mannochmore is indeed young and spritely as the style category describes it. It does need hydration however, which whilst reducing some of the tangy powdered sugar flavours brings improved balance overall. A pleasant aperitif dram to get an evening started with.