Glenlossie 10 Year Old / Flora & Fauna / 43% / 70cl
Founded in 1876, Glenlossie is one of Speysides smallest distillery and a true hidden gem. It shares its warehouses with the adjacent Mannochmore distillery and produces a peculiarly light and delicate whisky that makes it the epitome of the Speyside style. This is due to a spirit purifier between the lyne arm and condenser, which causes a small amount of reflux giving a character more akin to a triple-distilled malt that a double distilled.
The ionic flora and fauna range has some very interesting drams indeed and this one is right up there as a must have bottle in a collection.
This is a full bodied and rather complicated dram as it takes the palate on a taste journey.
Nose: A soft clean spice is at the fore of the nose, some malted barley notes with fresh citrus and cut green apples, some late summer grassy notes with birch bark and a hint of lemon cream.
Palate: Rich sweet smooth notes with the first sip leading to a more taste forward flavour range of soft spices with a hint of yellow peppers delivering a freshness to the back of the palate before we head into a caramel note with hints of Scottish tablet, grapes with a little crushed pepper and peach.