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MANNOCHMORE 22 YO ‘RARE MALTS’ (1974/1996, OB, 60,1%)

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How great can it be to open the sample cupboard and find several samples of Rare Malts in there? A lot, we can witness it directly because it just happened. In this case we have to thank Matteo “Bisky”, who presented us with this Mannochmore from 1974, aged for 22 years and bottled at the muscular strength of 60,1% in the mid-1990s. It goes without saying that when we talk about Rare Malts we cannot fail to mention the great ULF BUXRUD, but only those who took part in our RM-themed tastings organised by Angelo Corbetta at his Harp Pub Guinness in Milan will understand this one…

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N: very interesting, the first impact – apart from being non-alcoholic – is of a fruity and floral profile. Honeyed, rosewater notes: reminiscent of certain Middle Eastern pastries, dense and sticky and at the same time full of floral scents. Clear, acidic red fruit (so we can say: pomegranate). Warm wood in the sun. A light vein between nutty and toasty. Strange.

P: very consistent with the nose, all however as if covered by a thick layer of dust from the drawers… Very curious effect. Honey and lots of wax, then yellow fruit (apple) and pronounced citrus notes. Coffee dust, testifying to an almost piquant and spicy quality (also cinnamon). Earth, dense foliage – an increasingly autumnal palate.

F: closes on something sour and very dusty at the same time: peculiar, no doubt about it. Damp earth again.

Strange and divisive, there are those who have adored it from start to finish and those who have given it an excellent rating on the nose and a terrible one on the palate, unable to overcome the dusty blanket that covers it. In effect, we repeat, it is a non-trivial whisky, full of unusual aromas and with a decidedly interesting profile. In the end, averaging our evaluations, the resulting score is 86/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Squid – Sludge.

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