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Glenlossie 27 Year Old 1978 Signatory Vintage


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th May 2013


Glenlossie 27 Year Old 1978 Signatory Vintage
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Glenlossie was originally founded by John Duff, who would later also found Longmorn and BenRiach. In 1919 Glenlossie became part of DCL, precursor to Diageo. On the same terrain, Mannochmore Distillery was built in 1971. Anyway, today we are tasting a Glenlossie from 1978, bottled after 27 years by Signatory in their well known Cask Strength Collection.

The expressive nose is wonderfully sweet and almost creamy. Freshly cut grass, burnt malt and dark bread are upholstered with a light touch of Sirop de Liège (dark pear syrup). Pink Lady apples and Doyenné pears. Becomes very fruity after a while. Coconuts, blood oranges. More caramel and honey. Vanilla and beeswax. Lovely. Adding water makes it sweeter still, but also dries the grass into hay.

It is honeysweet on the palate and the attack is pretty fiery. All the fruit from the nose returns. I also get some marzipan and toffee. Eucalyptus and white pepper, a bit of ginger confit. Unfortunately it does not become better when adding water. Luckily it does not really need it.

The finish is pretty long and slightly drying. The wood finally speaks.

This is a very nice and expressive Glenlossie. I truly liked it without water, not so much diluted.

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GregLogan commented

Mark - Just opened an Signatory 18 of two combined casks. Certainly well-crafted whiskey!! By that I mean - smooth - no burn - which I understand is the product of making the cuts nearer the heart rather than as much as possible (I get a burn in some Balvenie and Glencadam fairly often). In addition nice texture - oily, thick. The bottle is just opened so I imagine it needs some time to open up and complete its chemical life cycle - but certainly pleasant - and completely aged (no new make taste - all well aged). So far the taste profile was just fine - even decent - though not spectacular.

Regardless, I would buy again for the price I paid - less than some 12yr material that is not as good.

Thanks for diving into Glenlossie and providing input.


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