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1997 Glenlossie 17 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1229463

Few people have heard of Diageo-owned Glenlossie distillery, the Speyside facility known mostly by insiders for its role in Haig Blended Whisky. But that's part of what makes single barrels like this one so much fun! It's a chance to taste whisky from producers that normally do not bottle their Scotch as pure single malts. For fans of Glenlivet's Nadurra series, this 17 year old Glenlossie single barrel might be right up your alley. The intensity of the oak in this concentrated cask is apparent right from the initial sip as the woodiness quickly overwhelms the palate. At 55.4%, it's quite a powerful blast, but it soon gives way to grassy, malty, and cereal-like flavors that constitute the classic Highland Scotch style. That extra oak on the entry, however, completely distinguishes this cask from its other Highland counterparts. It's the boldest and baddest of the Hepburn's Choice editions we've brought in on this shipment.

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
Glenlossie is a distillery I had never heard of until now. They don’t currently have a distillery bottling, although I’m wishing they did, because when this is gone, it’s gone. With a light golden color, this fresh Speyside single malt is light yet powerful. Vanilla, lemon and white flowers spring out of the glass. There is an intense oak spice on the palate balanced by lemongrass, green apple, tea, and a lovely savory malt quality to round it all out. If there is such thing as a daytime single malt sipper, this would be it.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
The mild-mannered Glenlossie is an easy whisky miss. Not bottled as a single malt by the owners, it's producing some very high quality distillates just outside of Elgin. The style here is very classically Speyside. Sweet rich vanilla, not overpowering at all, but prominent. Nutty, sweet maltiness that balances the oaky barrels notes above. Finally, Highland flowers, wild honey, deep, complex wood tones. On the palate it starts sweet as can be. Just like you’ve diluted honey in a bit of water. It dries up as it moves to the back of the mouth with a medium body that begs another sips. The finish is neither cloying nor dry and finds a wonderful balance of sweet and savory flavors. With water this opens up quite nicely, although it doesn’t need it by any means. This could be a morning malt, but I like it in the afternoon, maybe for a sunset. Not quite aperitif style, but very generous and lively.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.4