Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Average price: € 69.00
Built in 1876, south of Elgin in the Lossie Glen, rebuilt 20 years later and extended in 1962, Glenlossie, like its neighbour Mannochmore, is part of the huge Diageo portfolio.
The special feature of its stills is that they are equipped with purifier pipes which bring the heavier alcohol values back into the stills to be distilled again. Production is around 3.7 million litres a year, almost all of which ends up in the blended products of giant Haig. While in 2010 the independent Gordon & MacPhail proposed a 48yo at 40%ABV, which to date is the most mature whisky made from Glenlossie distillate, the first and only official bottling remains the 10yo of the popular Flora & Fauna series, first released in the early 1990s.
Aged in ex-Bourbon casks and offered at 43% ABV, it’s available in two different packagings: a particularly elegant (and expensive) wooden box or a normal cardboard box. The indicative price refers to the latter.
The colour is gold.
The nose is pleasantly fruity, with notes of pear juice, yellow apple and banana, enriched by a touch of ginger. A scent of pineapple precedes a hint of walnut. In the distance, with the exception of a hint of vanilla, it’s the floral dimension that prevails, with the nose immersed in a decidedly well-assorted bouquet.
On the palate, the whisky is smooth, welcoming, with a malt note that embraces yellow apple, pear fruit juice and ginger, without missing the company of a tasty yellow peach.
The finish has a medium persistence and leaves in the mouth above all a memory of malt and, with a vagueness bordering on mirage, of white fruit.
A springtime whisky, fresh and inviting, which although doesn’t present such an original range of aromas and suffers from a somewhat monotonous conclusion, is much more pleasant than many of its noble peers. Too bad it’s hard to find.