And then you realise that this is actually the first Glenlossie you will review…. Strangely enough, I had the idea that I had already reviewed a few of them, but nothing could be further from the truth. No idea how this happened, since I can really appreciate a beautiful Lossie! In fact, I think it’s even one of my favourite Speyside distilleries. Anyway, the honour of being my first Glenlossie review was given to this 10 year old Glenlossie bottled by Elixir Distillers under their Single Malts of Scotland series.

The Glenlossie distillery is one of Diageo’s workhorses that actually only produce whisky for blends. There are hardly any original bottlings, with the exception of the 10-year-old Glenlossie from the Flora & Fauna series. Nor is Glenlossie very common among indie bottlers, but the ones that are released almost all seem to get good reviews.

This Glenlossie has matured in a hogshead and is bottled at 53% ABV.

Glenlossie 2009 tasting notes:

Nose: Creme brulee, a touch of tobacco. A hint of green apples and cookie dough. Quickly followed by a bit of coconut and lime. It’s somewhat oaky and honey.

Taste: It’s quite creamy. Vanilla custard and salted caramel. A hint of liquorice. Honey and a hint of oak. Then raisins and a touch of marzipan.

Finish: Short to mid-long. Mostly with vanilla and burned caramel.

A lovely Lossie, of which the nose surprisingly differs quite a bit from what you taste. The nose is definitely fresher. However, it tasted much more fruity when I first opened the bottle (now open for about 2 months now). All in all an interesting youngster, that is definitely worth a try and whose youthfulness is not really reflected. If I had tasted this blind I probably would have estimated it older.