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Glenlossie  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information.

Glenlossie Malt Whisky Distillery History.

John Duff had previously been manager at Glendronach Distillery located near Huntly and was well versed on the making of malt whisky. However at the time he was working as an Innkeeper. With a couple of his customers, including Alexander Grigor Allen, a lawyer, and H Mackay, a surveyor, they got their heads and wallets together to build the a distillery


In 1876 they formed John Duff & Co, and built the Glenlossie distillery. Duff himself took responsibility for the design and management of the distillery


In addition John Duff with two other partners Charles Shirres and George Thomson founded the Longmorn Distillery in 1893 and in 1897 after buying out his other Longmorn partners started the Benriach distillery.


At some stage in 1896 John Duff & Co was disbanded and The Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery Company Ltd was formed. During the same year the distillery was rebuilt.


The distillery was closed in 1917 by Government order due to war and barley restrictions, however re-opened in 1919. At some stage in this year the distillery was taken over by SMD Ltd.


In March 1929 the distillery was severely damaged by fire. The following year the Glenlossie operation was merged fully into SMD Ltd.


Warehouse No 3 was build in 1955 with additional warehousing added in 1960, 1965 and 1975.


During.1962 the number of stills were increased from four to six. The following year new larch washbacks where installed.


A sister distillery Mannochmore was built on adjacent land in 1971.


At some point in 1972 the stills were converted to steam heating supplied by oil-fired boilers.


On site is a dark grains plant, which processes draff and pot ale from 21 different distilleries. On a weekly basis, it can process 2600 tonnes of draff and 8 million litres of pot ale to produce 1000 tonnes of dark grains Which is used in animal feeds.


One time contributor to Haig's blends.  


Glenlossie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Glenlossie 10 Year Old Flora & Fauna

Glenlossie The Managers Choice


Glenlossie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings


Berrys' Own Selection



Carn Mhor Vintage Collection (20cl)


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Coopers Choice,

Duncan Taylor Cask Strength,

Mission 2 (Murray McDavid),

NC2  (Duncan Taylor),

Peerless (Duncan Taylor),

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Spirit Safe (Celtic Whisky Company)


Glenlossie Distillery, Elgin,


Tel: +44 (0)1343 860331


No Visitor Facilities

Glenlossie Scotch  Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Honey and heather, newly sawn wood.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Malt and barley, creamy, honey.


Finish: Long and very smooth.

Glenlossie Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1978 46%

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)  Tasting note


Colour: Golden.


Nose: Sweet with floral aromas. Some spicy notes with a rich, dried fruit element.

Palate: Sweet, smoky with a very rich mulled fruits and dark chocolate element. Drying out with sherry oak tones.


With Water

Nose: Fragrant - lavender and rose scent. Sherry wood with hints of nuts and chocolate.

Palate: Smoky, sweet chocolate notes with rich fruits - raisins and sultanas. Again drying with spicy and oak flavours.


Body: Rich .

Finish: Dried fruit, slightly smoky.

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogsheads.

Whisky Style: A smooth, rounded Speysider with rich flavours.

Founded in 1876 by John Duff and partners

Location Speyside region, Lossie district

Water source The Bardon Burn.


Glenlossie Distilling Equipment.


Stainless steel mash tun.

4 Stainless steel washbacks

6 Tall slender stills, each of the three spirt stills has a purifier between the lyne arm and condenser