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Distillery: Mannochmore (SMWS 64)
Independent Bottler: Single Malt Whisky Society
Funny name: Hemingway daiquiri
Age: 11 years (June 11, 2003 - 2015)
Maturation: first-fill ex-bourbon
Alcohol by Volume: 62.3%
Caramel Colorant? No
(sample provided by Brett from his own purchased bottle. Thanks, Brett!)
The nose starts off with marshmallows and coconut creme, then graham crackers and brown sugar. It exists somewhere between whoopie pies and Twix bars. With 30 mins of air, some new notes of charcoal and hay linger around a vanilla bean.
The palate has an intense sharpness, though that's likely due to the big ABV. Lime juice, peach juice, vanilla bean, cantaloupe, and a hint of marshmallows make up the rest.
It finishes with peaches, sugar cookies, graham cracker crust, and gummi bears. Pretty long and hot.
WITH WATER (~46%abv)
Caramel sauce, toasted nuts, and vanilla bean start off the nose, followed by hints of peach and malt.
The palate gets thicker, clearer, darker. New notes of berry syrup, toffee, watermelon jolly ranchers, molasses, and soft smoke appear. It still holds its sweetness, especially with some peach candy.
It finishes with a complex rich sweetness. Whisky toffee pudding, plums, and a whiff of smoke.
Wow, this is really good. I dare say water opens it up too. I don't have a sweet tooth, but this still makes for a great dessert malt that would pair with a lot of good side sweets. SMWS's cask pickers plucked this one at the right time because that rich cask would have totally swallowed up the malt within another year or two. For Society members, sorry, this one has already sold out. :(
Availability - Sold out
Pricing - $110-ish
Rating - 88