The first time I heard of Glenlossie was when the dram I am writing about was placed in front of me to taste. It was a whisky that completely surprised, but before I fully begin to talk about Glenlossie I first need to mention The Maltman. The Maltman is a part of the Meadowside Blending in Glasgow. The Maltman, like Gordon & MacPhail, Cadenhead and Ducan Taylor, specialize in whisky bottling and they are the bottlers of the Glenlossie 19 year-old I tried.
Glenlossie was first established in 1876 by John Duff (former manager of GlenDronach) with partners Alexander Grigor Allan and HMS Mackay. What’s interesting about the Glenlossie distillery is that the distilleries premise houses two separate distilleries, Glenlossie and Mannochmore.
Mannochmore distillery was built next to Glenlossie back in 1971. To this day, both distilleries are fully functionally, however there was a time when the workforce between the two distilleries was shared. Workers would work at each distillery for 6 months at a time switching back and forth.
You may not see many, if at all, Glenlossie bottles stacked in your liquor store shelves because Glenlossie is in high demand as a blending whisky. Due to this, there is very little product put out as actual single malt bottles. I find this to be a shame because this is pretty darn good whisky.
When I first order this dram, the description given on the whisky menu stated that it had a flowery notes. I found this funny and laughed it off but when finally tasting I realized that the description by Frank was exactly on point.
Nose: fruit, sweetness and oak
Palate: citrus, vanilla, sweet and yes flowery
Finish: a nice blend of notes coming together harmoniously for a great finish
It’s a very complex whisky that brings together notes that may not seem to go well together but do. This single malt surprised me and left me wanting more. I truly recommend it and will keep an eye out for it every time I visit a liquor store to see if they carry. I think it’s a must try!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.