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Mannochmore

The Mannochmore distillery lies just south of Elgin in Morayshire, at the heart of Speyside. The distillery shares not only a site, but also the watersource - the Bardon Burn - with the Glenlossie distillery. However, Mannochmore is considerably larger; the three pairs of stills have a combined total capacity of 3.22 million litres annually. The site asserts a decidedly industrial aesthetic; there are onsite warehouses which boast space for 200,000 casks. Accordingly, the current owners Diageo use the space to store maturing spirit from other distilleries in addition to that of Mannochmore.

The site also hosts a dark grains plant, processing draff and pot ale. Equally sizeable, the facility processes 1000 tonnes of dark grains for animal feed every week. The whisky distillery was built in 1971 by Scottish Malt Distillers, later to become a part of Diageo. It was managed by John Haig and Co. It was only comparatively recently - in 1992 - that single malt Scotch whisky was released from Mannochmore; for many years it had been a blending component and was a constituent of Haig blends.

A more recent release, Loch Dhu, has attained popularity in Denmark, with the moniker ‘The Black Whisky’. Its colour is achieved by double charring the bourbon casks prior to maturation. The Black Whisky was latterly replaced by the similarly sinister-looking Cu Dhub, named for the Gaelic for Black Dog.

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About Mannochmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 862000

Distillery Founded

1971

Distillery Capacity

3 220 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Elgin, Moray

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1971

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) founds the distillery on the site of their sister distillery Glenlossie. It is managed by John Haig & Co. Ltd.

1985

The distillery is mothballed.

1989

In production again.

1992

A Flora & Fauna series 12 years old becomes the first official bottling.

1997

United Distillers launches Loch Dhu – The Black Whisky which is a 10 year old Mannochmore. A 22 year old Rare Malt from 1974 and a sherry-matured Manager´s Dram 18 years are also launched.

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The Mannochmore edition from the Flora and Fauna range. The series is a great showcase of mid-aged malts, this offers loads of character.  More info
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$62.42
This is a thirteen year old Mannochmore from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth...  More info
$90.04
A big bodied Mannochmore - heavy on the sherry. This was distilled in 1990 and released as part of Diageo's range of special releases. Each bottle is at cask strength and individually numbered.  More info
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$237.42
A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mannochmore distilled in 1994 - a phrase we like to say not only because it rhymes, but also because it means tasty Mannochmore whisky! This Connoisseurs Choice release...  More info
$94.13
The Manager's choice release from Mannochmore. Part of Diageo's much-talked-about project to release a series of single-casks - this malt hit a score of 87 on Serge's Whiskyfun website.  More info
$291.87
Loch Dhu 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Look at how dark this whisky is! That's why it was named "The Black Whisky". Loch Dhu is actually Gaelic for "Black Lake", this was distilled at Mannochmore and has gained a cult status, quite a...  More info
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Rare stuff indeed. This was distilled at Mannochmore from 1996 to '97. This 10 year old is known as "The Black Whisky", so named for its very dark appearance. The producers attribute the colour to the...  More info
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By golly this stuff is rare. Liquid gold they call it, probably. This is a very collectable whisky from the Mannochmore distillery, made using double charred oak casks, thus its dark colour (either...  More info
This was distilled at Mannochmore in Spring 1999 and aged for 12 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in Winter 2012. A single cask release from the Douglas Laing Provenance range.  More info
$69.00
This Mannochmore has been bottled at 13 years of age for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask series are all bottled without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info
$94.19
A 14 year old single cask Mannochmore, distilled in 1999 before bottling in spring 2013 by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range. Interestingly, there is a dark grains plant next to...  More info
$81.33
A 15 year old from the Mannochmore distillery, distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range.  More info
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$57.18
The Speyside distillery of Mannochmore was mothballed in 1985 and this bottle was distilled just after the distillery reopened in 1991 and was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2011.  More info
$73.69
A 1999 vintage of cask strength Mannochmore, aged in single cask 5398 and bottled in 2011 by top wine and spirits merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
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$86.63
A 22 year old from the Mannochmore distillery, distilled in 1974 and bottled at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info
A 28 year old Mannochmore, bottled by the Bladnoch forum. Oily and aromatic, this was distilled on the 12th August 1982, matured in hogshead number 2852 and bottled at cask strength on the 13th August...  More info

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