Continuing on with my “spending craze” at Cadenhead’s. The whole shop was a buzz when I walked in. And why not? I had walked in. That’s enough.
Well, that’s enough ego-sturbation for the day, let’s just stop before my head goes right up my own ass.
Anyway, we had missed a tasting by a few hours. Or perhaps a day. I couldn’t tell, I was walked 10 km each day, eating chocolate, and traveling vast distances (by European standards). They had all the treats I wanted (see my earlier Whisky Porn post) and then some.
Then I came to the minis. I love minis. They give me a chance to try something without having to risk a full bottle. And this was pretty awesome. I would have bought more if I wasn’t so cheap.
And holy pox ridden marmot balls, I’m cheap.
Anyway, a few days later I decided in order to keep up with a bet that was only shared with my wife and I (and our friends), I’d review some of them to beat my record from last time (spoilers: I did).
So I’m reviewing Glenlossie-Glenlivet 1993 Authentic Collection 20. This is the first Glenlossie I’ve ever had. Probably because they don’t have many OB (a Flora and Fauna and a Manager’s Dram release), and probably because they go into blends (specifically Haig blends). Not to mention Mannochmore is right behind them.
Smiling. Staring. Aiming for the back of their head.
The big thing about Glenlossie is the bonds, which store an estimated 200,000 casks, all of which come from various Diageo distilleries.
Interesting. Oh, and the Glenlivet part denotes an old Scotch area as part of the Speyside, not the Glenlivet company. Someone will correct it exactly, however I thought I’d point it out.
Price: N/A in Ontario
Cask Type: Bourbon Hogshead
Number of Bottles: 252
Colour: 10YR 8/8
Nose: Lemon pepper, butterscotch, salt water toffee, Seville orange, white cake, floral, dried mango, eucalyptus
Wow. Holy shit this has a lot of different notes to it. Really complex nose.
I’m impressed. This follows the stereotype of old whiskies being complex. Like I follow the stereotype of not being able to dance at all.
Honestly, it’s a mess when I try to dance.
Taste: Caramel, creamy, orange, pepper, mint, sugary, lemongrass
Starts out like a creamsicle, however the pepper, mint, and overly sugar notes really throw off that vibe. It’s like having one after having some herbed potatoes. Both sets of flavours seem to be in alright battle rather than working together.
Can’t we give peace a chance?
Finish: Caramelized apricot, herbes de provence, mango sorbet, whipped cream, ginger
Super sweet finish, with some herbal and spice notes. However super sweet. I like it, because I have a sweet tooth the size of Arkansas, however holy shit this is overbalanced on sweets.
Conclusion: I can see why this is used in blends: It’s sweet, or herbal, based on which you’d be able to tweak. I’d never want to have a Glenlossie from a sherry cask, as I think it’d just taste like jam.
Wait… that could be awesome. Now I’m conflicted.
It’s overbalanced, however if you don’t mind sweets and are a sucker for a complex nose, pick it up. It’s tasty and well worth it on those accounts.
Scotch review #304, Speyside review #87, Whisky network review #448