Glenlossie distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

A delicacy of character has always defined this rarely seen single malt. From the outset, Glenlossie’s stills were fitted with purifier pipes which carry any heavier alcohols which have refluxed out in the lyne arm back into the body of the still to be redistilled. It is the use of these purifiers which adds a certain oily textural quality to the spirit, while a long fermentation also helps to promote a grassiness in the new make.

It remains a major contributor to its parent company’s blends, and other than Diageo’s Flora & Fauna series – where it is bottled as a 10-year-old – it is rarely seen as a single malt bottling, even from independents.

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glenlossie History

Constructed in 1876 by John Duff [see Longmorn, Benriach] Alexander Allen, H.M.S. Mackay (a man, not a ship) and the owner of Tobermory, London blender John Hopkins, Glenlossie ran independently until 1919 when it became part of DCL. In 1930, it joined that firm’s Haig stable.

Always one of the Speyside blending powerhouses, its four stills were increased to six in 1962 and since 1971 it has shared its site with Mannochmore.

It also is home to a dark grains plant, processing draff, pot ale and spent lees from Diageo’s nearby sites. The site also has 14 warehouses holding 250,000 casks of maturing spirit and whisky from the same Diageo distilleries.

Timeline

  • 1876 Glenlossie is built by John Duff, Alexander Allen and HMS Mackay
  • 1895 The Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery Company is formed
  • 1919 The distillery joins DCL's portfolio
  • 1930 Glenlossie forms part of DCL's Haig portfolio
  • 1962 An investment brings Glenlossie's stills up to six
  • 1971 Mannochmore distillery is built on the same site; a dark grains plant is installed
  • 1990 A 10-year-old is launched as part of the Flora & Fauna range

Glenlossie Facts

  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    75hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    8.2
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Non peated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Mainly in house
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Phenol Level i
    Non peaty
  • New-make Strength i
    67-69%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    13,500
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Plain
  • Stills i
    6
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    15,800
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Plain
  • Washback Type i
    Wood
  • Washbacks i
    8
  • Water Source i
    Barden Burn
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Creamed

Owners

Current owner

Previous owners

Contact

Address
Glenlossie Distillery
Glenlossie Road
Thornshill
Moray
IV30 8GZ
United Kingdom
Phone
+44 1343 862000
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Auchroisk Auchroisk Auchroisk Distillery & brand

    Auchroisk

    One of Diageo’s ‘nutty-spicy’ sites.

  • Benrinnes Benrinnes Benrinnes Distillery & brand

    Benrinnes

    A highly individual Speyside whisky.

  • Blair Athol Blair Athol Blair Athol Distillery & brand

    Blair Athol

    The home of Bell's blended whisky.

  • Caol Ila Caol Ila Caol Ila Distillery & brand

    Caol Ila

    Islay distillery belonging to Diageo.

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