In a nutshell: A gloriously full flavoured Speyside Single malt with a hint of heather and delightful honeyed sweetness.
The lowdown: Much sought after by whisky blenders only a little Glenlossie find its way into single bottlings, but what does, like this distillery bottled expression, is certainly worth it. Pleasantly tart with fruity sweetness it has great body with a touch of sweetness, peppery oak and a lightly chocolatey touch. Maybe its the proximity to the sea which lends it a little coastal maltiness to its Speyside character, with a hint of smoke on the nose.
Glenlossie distillery was the dream of local publican John Duff, who sketched the plans and worked with a local architect by the name of MacKenzie to make it a reality in 1876. Duff used the 70-foot drop from a nearby dam to drive a wheel which in turn powered the machinery, making Glenlossie, Duff and his local investors independent of steam power. The distillery changed hands over the years, and eventually moved from water to steam, and during the 1960 refurbishment to electricity. Though the wheel and the hand-fired stills may have gone, the independent spirit of Duff remains in this distinct Speyside malt.
It's the sister distillery to Mannochmore, also in the Diageo stable. Glenlossie itself nestles in the fertile Laich of Moray, just two miles from Millbuies nature reserve, and surrounded by hills and farmland.