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Here it is, the newest bottling from The Whisky Mercenary. And while he played it safe with the release of a Bowmore, Clynelish and Bunnahabhain to conquer his place on the market of independent bottlers, we cannot but admire his courage in releasing a 20 Year Old Glenlossie next. It is a little-known malt, destined primarily for the blenders, being the core malt since oh before you were born of the popular Haig.
The nose is fresh and lively with loads of malt and fresly cut grass, including some wild flowers. Red apples, Doyenné pears and gooseberries take care of the fruity side. Some vanilla and coconut, a twig of eucalyptus and some ginger. After a few moments, I also get citrus. Light touch of oak.
Despite the high ABV, it gently rolls over the palate. Very peppery, it is true, but not burning. Very fruity, again, with some more tropical taste. Pineapple, peach and loads of oranges. Eucalyptus keeps it fresh. Towards the end, it turns slightly bitter as if from grapefruit.
The finish is fairly long and spicy.
I do not have that much experience with Glenlossie (only tried to younger versions), but I kinda like this. Around 80 EUR seems a fair price for an honest whisky. Thank you for the sample, Jurgen. You may commence your hunt for a cask from Auchentoshan. My mind is at ease, for you know how to select good casks.