Bottler: Signatory, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, UK (Symington)
Distiller: Glenlossie, Elgin, Moray, Scotland, UK (Diageo)
Style: Single Cask, cask strength, unpeated, single malt Scotch whisky.
Age: 11 y/o (distilled April 2009, bottled July 2020).
Purchased for $100.
Appearance: Medium pale straw.
Nose: Dusty oak, apricot, orange cream hard candy.
Palate: Medium full body. Creamy with mandarin orange, then big burn. Milder with water, but still creamy and fruity.
Finish: Malty and fresh with a little stone fruit.
Parting words: Glenlossie is one of the few twin distilleries left in Scotland. Its sibling is Mannochmore, which flies even farther under the Radar than ‘Lossie does. Both are owned by Diageo and are used more for blending than bottling as single malts, though the occasional independent bottling, like this one, does crop up from time to time.
I’m very glad this one did crop up. I wouldn’t characterize it as complex, but what it does, it does very well. Even at eleven years old, this is an elegant example of unpeated Speyside malt. Once the high ABV is tamed, there’s no rough edges to be found anywhere. Just highly polished sweet malt and fruit.
$100 is above my usual price range, but I don’t regret the purchase at all. When one factors in the cask strength, and skill that went into selecting this whisky, $100 is a fair price. Not a bargain, mind you, but fair. I’m really glad I picked this bottle up. Signatory Vintage Glenlossie 2009, Un-Chillfiltered Collection. (Vine & Table selection) is recommended.