Glenlossie distillery, which sits near Elgin in the east of Speyside was built by John Duff in 1876. A former publican of the Fife arms John Duff constructed a double oblong building from concrete, giving it a clean modern finish. The Still house he built from stone and the kiln has a traditional pagoda roof which although not open to the public can be seen as one of the main structures on the road to Elgin.
Glenlossie is a combination of two distilleries. The Glenlossie and the Mannochmore distillery (which was constructed in 1971). For many years the same production crew switched back and forth between the the two distilleries, operating each distillery for six months and laying down stocks before relocating to the other. Once production increased both distilleries operated full time using two still houses, and sharing the same warehouses.
In 1929 there was a major fire which damaged most of the malting floors and took several years to restore to its previous production. After its restoration it was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers, and today operates under Diageo ownership.
Glenlossie produces a light, grassy spirit that once matured is used in a range of blended whiskies, and is a particularly important component in the Haig Whisky brand. The only official distillery bottling is under the Flora and Fauna label.
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700 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This is a rare discontinued bottling from Diageo's Flora & Fauna series. Whisky from Glenlossie is highly sought after by blenders and is consequently not widely available as a single malt.
"A smooth, medium bodied malt. The nose gives grassy aromas which give way to sweeter malt and spice flavours"
"Finish, long and slightly spicy"
"Though the whisky is bright on the nose with a honey and floral note, there is an earthy quality found as well--much like damp, freshly dug up soil. The whisky is soft on your palate with a sweet malty back note and a small amount of citrus peel"