I got the sample together with another Mannochmore via an exchange for Tullamore D.E.W. samples from WhiskyBabbler (You can find his video comparing the Tullamores here).
Mannochmore is still new territory for me. So far I only knew the name of the distillery, but not its products. The distillery was opened in 1971. It belongs to the Diageo group and produces mainly for the Blend industry. The only 'original bottlings' are a 12-year-old in the Flora & Fauna series and a 25-year-old limited bottling in 2016. Independent bottlings, on the other hand, are some to be found. The bottling considered here comes from the Vintage Collection of Signatory Vintage. Two Hogsheads were bottled. The sample comes from bottle 141. The number of bottles is not specified.
43 % ABV - 10 years old - Hogshead no. 6651/6652 - 04/27/2007 - 09/08/2017 - not colored, non-chill filtered (?)
Color: white wine.
Aroma: Quite fruity start. Reminds me of fruit cake. Gentle honey notes and vanilla, subtle citrus fruit towards limes. Grassy tones and a little fresh wood.
Taste: It starts with dry cereal notes. Then a little Christmas cake appears for a short time. It is followed by a warming spiciness, also only for a short time. What remains is an astringent mouthfeel. The honey sweetness and the fruits from the nose can only be imagined.
Finish: Quite short. Mainly spicy and somewhat bitter.
Conclusion: For me it is too dry and too hot and too bitter at the end.