Glenlossie distillery was founded in Elgin, Morayshire by John Duff & Co. in 1876.

John Duff also founded Benriach & Longmorn distilleries before he finally went bankrupt in 1909.

Glenlossie was taken over by DCL in 1929 and transferred to SMD in 1930 after suffering a fire the previous year.

Glenlossie was extended in 1962 and then Mannachmore distillery was built next to it in 1971

Glenlossie also houses a massive Diageo cask warehouse.


Distillery photo with kind permission by Teun van Wel


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  Glenlossie (OB)  

General whisky characteristics: Slightly spicy, creamy malt


Glenlossie, Flora & Fauna, 10y, 43% ABV

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich, warm gold

Nose: Immediate impression was warm and comforting. After a few minutes of acclimitisation it exhibits straw, grass, malt and becomes slightly vegetal, a quite dry nose.

Palate: Initially quite nutty and creamy but this soon includes spicy malt and just the slightest hint of coconut.

Finish: Very long, slightly dry and hints of malt.

Overall Impression: I find this quite hard to place, the combination of flavours is quite unique and I certainly understand why this is in great demand by the blenders. One of my first impressions was that this would make a great basis for a top blend.



Glenlossie, Managers Choice, 1999-2009, 59.1% ABV

Cask 14098, one of 204 bottles

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Photo shows typical Managers Choice presentation


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Very pale yellow (9ct) gold

Nose: Light but very aromatic with lightly perfumed leathery malt. Almost olde worlde sweet shoppe, but not quite. This all intensifies further with time in glass and it eventually develops hints of a light Atlantic breeze and an almost undetectable light smokiness.

Palate: A big burst of lightly peppered fruit with hints of coconut. This is a cross between those fruit salad sweets I enjoyed as a child, liquorice allsorts and coconut macaroons.

With 4 drops of water: This was most enjoyable without water and I'm not sure it needs any, but I'll try 4 drops ..... The nose is now much lighter but more aromatic. The palate has lots more pepper and much less fruit. I was right, it didn't need water!

Finish: Long.

Overall Impression: Most enjoyable!




  Independent Bottlers (IB)    

Scotch Single Malt Circle, Glenlossie, 1984-2010, 60% ABV

Distilled 4.10.1984, bottled 24.2.2010, sherry cask No.2534, one of 563 bottles

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Teak with a hint of copper

Nose: Aromatic aged oak with sweet perfumed malt. Is there a hint of smoky almond in there too? I think so.

Palate: Sweet oak with figs and plums marinated in cherry brandy.

With 4 drops of water: The nose is considerably lighter and more fragrant with added perfume. The palate is smoother and creamier with more fruit.

Finish: Long and quite sweet with perfumed fruit. With the water it's longer, lighter, more perumed and contains more fruit with some nuts too.

Overall Impression: A very good whisky. I'm impressed.



Whisky Agency / The Nectar, Glenlossie, 35y, 1975-2011, 51.6% ABV

Joint bottling from The Whisky Agency & The Nectar, one of 195 bottles

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light bronze

Nose: Initially a soft woodiness accompanies a suggestion of hazelnut. Goodness, I now find hints of Earl Grey tea, no it can't have been as this has faded and been replaced by the idea of a vanilla milk shake. There is a lot happening here but it's always faint and on the subdued side.

Palate: This has a very smooth and creamy mouth-feel and isn't as subdued as the nose. There's plenty of vanilla, some suggestions of fruit and a gentle pepperiness. Even a little coconut leading towards the finish.

Finish: Long and creamy with vanilla.

Overall Impression: The nose may be subdued but this whisky has plenty to offer and I'm a fan, it's very good indeed.



Hunter Laing, Glenlossie, 17y, 54.3% ABV

Bottled for Vive La Vie (Asia), one of 250 bottles

Refill Hogshead, distilled 1998, botled 2015

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Sample thanks to MMA 2016


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Yellow gold

Nose: Lots of herbs and spices then faintly perfumed grassiness perhaps akin to a wild countryside meadow. Also maltiness.

Palate: Creamy even custard-y flavours and mouth-feel, also that flowery grassiness translates from the nose but there's also a suggestion of coconut.

Finish: Long

Overall Impression: A good unassuming and perfectly drinkable whisky.












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