Glenlossie 1992 20 Years Old (The Whisky Mercenary)
Glenlossie is most certainly an unknown for most whisky drinkers. Yes, there is a Flora & Fauna bottling, but that’s about it. However, recently the interest in Glenlossie seems to rise, after a few agreeable bottlings by the immortal Cadenhead’s.
So who knows, maybe we’ll see a few more pop up now that we know there’s quality to be found in the warehouses of this Speyside distillery. That’s not to say we never saw Glenlossie before, as the Glenlossie from The Whisky Mercenary I’m reviewing today was bottled almost 6 years ago already. Were they ahead of the curve?
Super light in color, this has matured in an inactive bourbon cask. Should leave plenty of room for the spirit to shine. Let’s find out, shall we?
Glenlossie 1992 20 Years Old (57,0%, The Whisky Mercenary, 144 bts.)
Nose: Fresh and clean, with especially lots of fruity notes. Think orchard fruits, like green apples and pears, although I also find a whiff of lemon rasp. Hints of freshly cut grass, but also straw, and some soft spices as well, like chili peppers. The plastic note I could’ve done without.
Taste: Naked stuff, pure spirit, not much wood. Quite spicy (those chilis again), but also some soft fruits, mainly of the citrus variety, as well as some pineapple. The mouthfeel is quite creamy too.
Finish: Peppery. Medium in length.
Honest, very pure whisky, but for me it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi to push it to a higher level.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.