Glenlossie-Glenlivet 48 Years Old 1966 Single Cask (43.5%, Cadenheads, Bourbon HH, 168 Bottles, 2014)
Single malt scotch whisky
43.5% ABV, £350 for 70cl
What they say:
Distilled at the Glenlossie distillery in 1966 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for 48 years before bottling in 2014 at cask strength of 43.5% with a 168 bottle outturn.
This whisky was distilled in 1966, four years after the distillery had increased from 4 to 6 stills. The spirit stills have purifiers which help to increase reflux making for a lighter spirit.
Nose: Sweet juicy old school whisky. A touch of wood smoke then some peaches in syrup, pears, mangoes and apricots.
Palate: Soft fruitiness, faint trace of smoke, dried banana flakes then more juicy fruits.
Finish: Lingering soft smoke intertwined with touches of cream and lashings of tropical fruit.
What I say:
Dram #1 at the Jolly Toper Christmas Tasting (18th December 2014) was this 48 year old Glenlossie distilled in 1966. The oldest single malt bottled to date by Wm Cadenhead’s. Mark expressed a little displeasure at the fact that this was bottled and sold without him ever having tasted it as non reached the Royal Mile Cadenhead’s store in Edinburgh. To his surprise a case lay forgotten about in Campbeltown and as soon as it was spotted Mark snapped them up partly to sample it but mostly to inflict it upon us!
Creamy vanilla, sweet, dolly mixture sweeties, cereal barley, popcorn, bubblegum, some herbal cardamom
Light heather honey, vanilla, coconut, butterscotch, caramel and toffee, fruity peach, banana
Drying, vaporous, sweet oak
Interesting, this nosed like a potentially young/fresh whisky however on the palate there was a depth that spoke of its true age. That said there is nothing complex or unusual in the palate and this received a mixed reception. Mark was convinced this was potentially blending stock or similar that had been placed into a tired or refill underactive cask and left, and left, and left. Sadly this never reached its full potential so was bottled before there was a chance the ABV dropped below the minimum 40% requirement for whisky. I have had a lot of younger whiskies that tasted a lot older. Still a pleasure to taste apiece of history again.