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Glenlossie Flora & Fauna 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Notable as one of the only official Glenlossies ever offered, this relic from Diageo's Flora & Fauna series was originally released in 1990 and is now discontinued. The distillery's generally high-quality output has only otherwise been available via independents. It explains why Glenlossie remains obscure for drinkers while maintaining a top reputation among the blending community - despite its considerable history. Whisky boffins will be interested to know the distillery closed for 18 months for a major upgrade in 2018, including the installation of two external washbacks. That makes this distillation one of a dwindling number of pre-renovation bottlings. From the outset, Glenlossie’s stills were fitted with purifier pipes which carry heavier alcohols back into the body of the still to be redistilled. These add a certain oily textural quality to the spirit. Long fermentations help to promote a grassiness in the new make. All up, the house style is quintessentially Speyside with honey and ripe orchard fruits to the fore - in particular apples and pears. At ten years of age, you won't get a particularly complex malt, but this bottling is known for being gentle, sweet and accessible. 43% Alc./Vol.