All the Chorlton‘s I’ve tried so far are from the L’Ancien Régime series – with a gorgeous consistency to the labels.
However this Mannochmore comes from a different series – La Nouvelle Vague – with delightful period stylized labels. I couldn’t resist throwing a bouquet of flowers into the mix with my photo!
As for the whisky…. read on…
Mannochmore 12 years 58.7% 108 bottles
- Nose – Yummy, a fruit basket in a glass! Generous cherries, vanilla sponge cake, amaretto, flowery, fresh, beeswax candle, herbal
- Palate – Toffee, sweet spices, fruity… after some time – yup there is the pineapple and mango… the fruity fabulous quality fully comes through…
- Finish – Stays… long, lingering, more of that toffee, sweet spices… mmmmm…..
There was a delightful summery quality to this whisky. I found a citrus twist whereas another lady did not. Which is completely normal – different conditions, different glasses, different palates and persuasions.
So whether we found spring, summer or fall in the character of this whisky, did we like it? Absolutely without a doubt! We really appreciated the subtle contrast between aromas and palate – similar vein but sufficiently different to keep us fully engaged.
A beautifully well rounded whisky – the kind you are quite happy to curl up, sip, enjoy.
What did David have to say? As it isn’t on his website, I’ve copied from his email which prompted this purchase!
And next is a 12yo Mannochmore. This continues the summery theme with a very clean, citrussy and herbal nose. I get melon, bergamot, lemon posset, posh olive oil, vanilla cream and a bit of lavender.
The neat palate is quite intensely tart at first, then sweet – like lemon sherbet, or biting into a kumquat. Wakes up the ol’ taste buds! The development then is on mango jam, roasted pineapple and a touch of peanut brittle in the aftertaste. With water everything is much softer, adding some Bakewell tart, orange, and cream soda.
A good example of the distillery character, this, and great fun to play with adding water. We got just 108 bottles from this bourbon barrel at 58.7%, and they’re available for £57.50 each.
I am so glad I managed to grab this while it was still available!
Here is the full set of Chorlton‘s sampled:
- Blair Athol 12 years 56.6% hogshead undiluted, uncoloured, unchill filtered, 1 of 268 bottles (BA 12)
- Mackmyra 12 years 50.2% bourbon barrel, undiluted, uncoloured, unchill filtered, 1 of 278 bottles (MC 12)
- Miltonduff 11 years 62% 1st fill bourbon, 1 of 176 bottles (MD 11)
- Tomintoul 14 year 57.6% Sherry butt, undiluted, uncoloured, unchill filtered, 1 of 455 bottles (TM 14)
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