ODDITY ALERT! This whisky is something really special. It was made with an old technique that is now forbidden since 1989, paxarette! Paxarette is a kind of reduced sweet sherry that used to be brushed all over the interior of a cask before putting them in vacuum chambers for the wood to absorb it, and then casks were refilled with whisky. It’s the old school, intense way of “sherry seasoning” a cask. And in this case, it’s REALLY intense!
Mannochmore Lock Dhu 10yo, 40%abv, double charred casks. Bottled around Y2K.
Color: Dark ruby, cola like.
Nose: Sweet sherry wine (of course!), aged balsamic vinegar, figs and a ton of raisins.
Palate: Brings back memories… You know those little Sun-Maid raisin boxes we had as kids (and in military rations) well it’s just like shoving the whole box in your mouth! (We’ve all done it… at least I did!). Dry with a lot tannins and some acidity. Cooked fruits with espresso-like flavors and hints of black licorice.
Finish: Extremely dry, short, but the tannins remain for a while, until you find a glass of water to rehydrate!
Comments: Overall, an experience I’m glad I was able to live. Nowhere near a balanced whisky but still somewhat enjoyable. If you have the chance to try it, do it!!