And this old Glenlossie is fruity too, no doubt but not as fruity as the early nineties distillation. But it easily compensates this with a more complex old-stylish profile that is simply delicious and interesting to explore, just the minor cardboardy note towards the end of the finish is a little distracting. Bold and quaffable...
The colour is quite dark at deep copper and the nose offers a lush old Highland style profile with tons of sweet barley sugars, honeys and fruits (of course) in a bold toffee and waxy setting. After some breathing the sweetness steps back a little and more subtle floral and grassy aromas shine through which enrich the complexity of this nose greatly. Later hints of tea and dried fruits join in. This is not as fruity as the early nineties Glenlossie noses but it is more complex and old-stylish what I like too. The wood is about perfect, neither too dominant nor too weak.
The taste is nicely layered starting with a bold toffee flavour that is joined by molten barley sugars quickly before more bitter and spicy notes re-establish a balanced taste. Then the fruits jump in (both exotic and home-grown), rather late but boldly. The woods are always present but they hide in the background and provide just the structure for all other flavours, just the way the old Traditional Scotch style defined it. I like this!
The initial mouthfeel is warming with a peppery touch and nicely coating with a minor astringent moment from the woods (tannins) which is not distracting. The finish is long and adds hot spices (white pepper, ginger), liquorice and some bitter wooden notes (green tea, tannins). It turns a little more drying-astringent towards the end that changes to a cardboardy impression after some more sips (which I do not like). Water turns the nose punchier and the taste smoother (but less interesting as the layers intermingle now) and a further reduction flattens the dram. I like the neat dram best.