Mannochmore Speyside Whisky Distillery
This is one of Diageo’s workhorse distilleries with a capacity of 3.2 million litres per annum being used mostly in blends the most famous of which is the Black whisky Loch Dhu which means Black lake in Scots Gaelic. The other blends Mannochmore goes into are the Haig and Dimple blended whiskies more for the export market and not well known in the UK.
John Haig & Co built Mannochmore in 1971 next door to its sister distillery Glenlossie. This has been a method used by whisky distillers over the years to maintain production. Clynelish is another example where it was rebuilt across the road then the original distillery re-named Brora until it was mothballed. Rumour has it Glenlossie will be mothballed at some point however at the moment Diageo are running them 6 months on 6 months off. This means Diageo can use the same staff and both can be regularly maintained. There is also a large grains plant at Mannochmore which takes the by-product of whisky distillation and converts to cattle feed, it does this for several of the Diageo distilleries.
Mannochmore lies south of Elgin like many distilleries built during this period it was more built for functionality and architectural beauty. It has not all been pain sailing at Mannochmore and whisky production ceased in 1985 during a slump in whisky demand however reopened 4 years later. It really came to prominence in 1992 when it released the black whisky Loch Dhu Single Malt which has since become a cult product and has a price tag to go with it. Other single malt bottlings are rare with only a few independent bottlings in existence however Diageo released a modestly priced Mannochmore as part of their Flora & Fauna series.
Taste: Not unlike Macallan on the nose but rich and nutty on the palate and a dry spicy finish.