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Glenlossie 22 yo (1995/2018, Càrn Mòr, 53,8%)

Lately an apparently anonymous distillery like Glenlossie has been gaining a fair reputation among the most attentive enthusiasts. It is a process already seen many times, but in this period it’s reaching its historical peak: basically the most famous distilleries stop selling to independents, or do so at prohibitive prices, and therefore bottlers go in search of hidden gems in little frequented places – as in Glenlossie, precisely. This is a 22-year-old selected by Càrn Mòr, a particularly prized line of Morrison & Mackay, which has already given us many joys in the past.

N: a layer of beeswax and honeycomb welcomes us, and it’s already beautiful like this. The part of the fruit, very intense and dominant, is velvety, very elegant, and reminds us of peach and mango juice with a drop of milk from a famous brand of fruit juices that is called almost like an AS Roma left defender. And the vegetable part, don’t we mention it? Chlorophyll or aloe? And then you can’t silence the pandoro, to testify an intense sugary butteriness.

P: such a goodness. Beeswax, honeycomb, and then all that theory of ‘old stuff’, whether it’s paper or dusty wood. Vanilla cream. Rather sharp, with a hint of grapefruit. There is also a definite floral note, which at times seems to allude to some soapy hint. Closes on a hint of bitterness…

F: …which returns to the finish, persistent, and spoils the idyll a little. Grapefruit and shortbread, with a small final hint of ginger. 

Very good and pleasant: if we were to throw ourselves into unsolicited speculation, well, the feeling is that perhaps it has have been left in the barrel for too much time (a couple of days, possibly – joking of course) and perhaps it has lost its acme, but who are we to say so? No one, so let’s drink quietly – and rejoice, by the way. 87/100.

Recommended soundtrack: The Clash – Train in Vain.

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