A 3cl sample of 1938 Glenlossie bottled at 43 years of age. Decanted: 2012
Tasting Notes by Angus MacRaild
Colour: Tazmanian honey
Nose: The fruit in this practically overflows from the glass as soon as you pour it. Highly polished nose, an antique furniture shop with beeswax and preserved lemons. There is a wall of all kinds of fruit behind these initial polish notes, guavas, bananas, mango and some crisp green apples which is really unexpected in such an old bottling. There are faint metallic hints, gunmetal, engine oil and the most beautiful delicate peat, its so fragile but so glorious at the same time. Very typical of these old pre war distillates, you can smell the same thing in the Macallans, Strathislas, Glen Grants and Mortlachs from the same years.
Palate: There is still surprising bite after so long in cask then in bottle at only 40%. The oak is clean and dry and fades around the mouth very gently. Maybe a tad weakish in the mouth at points but the flavours are consistent with the nose, beautiful fruit character. Some cocoanut and the same ethereal, oily peat as on the nose. So clean and perfectly poised, with a shimmering minerality. I could go on but I think theres maybe no point, its just great old whisky.
Anyway 92/100 for this baby.
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