Review: Speyside Region 43 y.o. Mancarella 1973, sherry cask, 51,6%

Dino Mancarella, a real friendly whiskyfan and tennis instructor from Germany, fulfilled his dream to bottle whisky – and he started with a stunner of a cask share as you can see. These Speysiders are among the best buys these days if you are into high-end drams. Let’s check his choice that comes with a beautiful label at around 380 Euro):

Comment:Mancarella Flasche Very typical for its provenance, and so tropical. To me this is an example of the finest Bourbon wood maturation (reminding me of Glen Keith 40, Bruichladdich 1970 or Springbank Local Barley) but the label says “sherry cask” … well, many of these were made from American oak in Jerez, and this has been a refill for sure. Like a Monin syrup of pink grapefruit, grilled pineapple with sugar, apricots, coconut, vanilla (Bavarian Crème), pear in cream and traces of green tea and herbs. The oak is perfectly integrated and not too loud. On the palate it arrives so wonderfully oily and fruit-laden, wow! This is close to perfection and finely balanced. It stays true to itself all the way to the finish, never too dry, medium-long and very ‘moreish’. The slight touch of bitter (herbal whiff) keeps it interesting and sets a nice counterpart to the fruit. Great pick, Dino, thank you for letting me try it.

Score: 92+

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