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LOCH DHU   
10 years old 40 %              
THE BLACK WHISKY
Mannochmore Distillery,
Mannochmore.


Highland Malt
Speyside
LOCH DHU         (1995        zie ook MANNOCHMORE en GLENLOSSIE

                       
Elgin, Morayshire. Licentiehouder: John Haig & Co, Ltd.
Mannochmore is onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.) De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Mannochmore wordt in 1985 (tijdelijk ?) gesloten.
LOCH DHU   10 years old 40 %               
THE BLACK WHISKY
Mannochmore Distillery,
Mannochmore.
A fine malt, patiently rested in charred sweet oak casks to create a whisky as black as night, with a rich velvety taste. Savour the smooth, intense flavour and discover hidden complexities in this unique Black whisky.
Het begon in 1995 met een try-out in New York in drie bars en 2 winkels; The Black Whisky en The All Malt Blond Scotch Whisky.
Van elk werden 1800 flessen gebotteld en na een proefperiode werd bepaald dat alleen Loch Dhu 10 years old een interesante omzet zou kunnen behalen.
The Black Whisky komt van Mannochmore, The All Malt Blond Scotch Whisky, genaamd Jackson's Row komt van Glenkinchie.
De Loch Dhu is donker, bijna zwart van kleur, maar helaas is deze kleur niet te danken aan de lagering in sherry-vaten maar door bijkleuring met caramel.
Het concept werd ontwikkeld door het bureau Dragon in het Verenigd Koninkrijk.
De marketing afdeling van United Distillers zegt het zo: 'The Loch Dhu is to positioned alongside other premium spirits such as vodka and tequilla to entice a new base of 25 -35 old, image-concious consumers looking for something different!
De Schotse pers reageerde echter met: 'Stop this whisky madnes now, before we all turn into gibbering fools'.
Jackson's Row is daarentegen geen onecht produkt, maar heeft de proef niet doorstaan, zodat het bij een aantal van 1800 gebottelde flessen is geblijven.

A large distillery with half a dozen stills, here a light style is produced though without the oily background of its sister plant, Glenlossie.

MANNOCHMORE DISTILLERY

Flowers are more to the fore here, with delicate fruits that gain in weight when matured. Although some older expressions have appeared on occasion, it is most commonly seen as a 12-year-old in the Flora & Fauna range.

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Loch Dhu

Mannochmore is one of the manifestations of the confidence of the 1960s – a situation which is currently being repeated. It was built by DCL in 1971 to cope with increasing demand internationally for blends, and like its sister plant, Glenlossie, it has been closely associated with the Haig and Dimple brands.

For years it worked quietly away until 1996 when its make was used in one of the most controversial single malts of the late 20th century – Loch Dhu, the ‘black whisky’. Although the full tale of how Loch Dhu was created has never been told (and is unlikely ever to be revealed), the enthusiastic use of spirit caramel is seen by most as the most likely candidate for the pitch black hue.

The brand was withdrawn soon after its launch and despite the hostility of the initial response when it first appeared it has now, perhaps inevitably, become a collector’s item.

Production capacity was upped in 2013 to 4.5m litres per annum with new mash tun, more washbacks and a pair of stills – now making eight in total.


CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
Minimum 65hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
11.1
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Non peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mainly in house
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
Non peaty
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
65-66%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
17,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Plain
STILLS i
6
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
13,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Plain
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
8
WATER SOURCE i
Barden Burn
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Creamed
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