Most sources claim Diageo stopped the Flora & Fauna series around 2007, but if this is true, then why are so many releases still readily available after all these years? Does anyone know more?
Anyway, Mannochmore can be hard to find. Started in 1972 and operated in parallel with Glenlosse until 2007. Mostly producing whisky for blends, the only official bottlings are a few Special Releases and this Mannochmore 12 Years in the Flora & Fauna series.
Mannochmore 12 yo (43%, OB ‘Flora & Fauna’)
Nose: very light and youngish. Plenty of floral notes (soapy but not quite). Green apples and pears, lemon sherbet, aniseed, fresh grass and green malty notes. Light peppery oak and some mineral, chalky touches. Aperitif whisky.
Mouth: sweet fruits (apple, melon, orange peel) mixed with peppery, grassy punch and some flinty notes. Some grainy notes and tea. Ginger and clove. Always this chalky undertone.
Finish: medium long, on lemon zest and oak spice.
A lightweight start but a slightly more exigent palate with chalky notes and oak spice. A decent example of this style and still affordable. Available from The Whisky Exchange or The Whisky Barrel for instance.