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It is always exciting, even after all these years, to still come accross a whisky that I have not tried before. Glenlochy, near the legendary Fort William and at the foot of the Ben Nevis, was founded in 1898, survived the Pattison Crash but also closed quite a few times in her career. The final curtain fell under the stewardship of Diageo in 1983, together with a whole lot of other distilleries. Let us open the debate with this 24 Year Old Glenlochy from 1980, bottled at a whopping 61,2% ABV by Duncan Taylor.
The nose is wonderfully sweet and mineral at the same time. The fruit is mostly orange marmalade, while quite a few floral elements can be discovered as well. Violets, freshly cut grass and roses. The oak kicks in from the start. Some vanilla and coconut. Very nice start.
Despite the high ABV, it arrives fairly soft on the palate. Immediately very fruity. Apart from the oranges, I also get Pink Ladies, lemon, pear, peach, figs, rhubarb and walnuts (is that fruit?). Pineapple if you look for it. Mildly bitter as if from a fruit tea that has been in the glass too long, but certainly within the acceptable.
The finish is long and sweet, with a touch of pepper, ginger and liquorice.
Mighty whisky. Duncan Taylor also bottled a few sister casks.