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14 Dec 2012

Glenlossie 1992 (Whisky Mercenary)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenlossie

The Whisky MercenaryThe Whisky Mercenary is the alter ego of Jürgen Vromans. Anyone familiar with the Belgian whisky scene will have seen him as a “mercenary” for other people: as a tasting host (BenRiach 1976 tasting for example) or as a helping hand at festival stands or in shops. He’s also a founding member of the Cask Six whisky club.

Since a few months he’s also active as an independent bottler, on a small scale so far but his experienced nose for good whisky has gained him a certain reliability already.

I’ll start with his newest bottling, which is due to arrive in stores this weekend. Glenlossie is not the most obvious distillery…

 

 

whisky_mercenary_glenlossieGlenlossie 20 yo 1992
(57%, The Whisky Mercenary 2012)

Nose: a fresh nose, at first rather narrow with a malty side and a grassy side. Grows more complex after a while, more flowery and aromatic. Some vanilla and white fruits. Berries. Dried coconut flakes. Spicy oak. Ginger and mint. A clear waxiness too. Mouth: a slightly bigger fruitiness now: apricot, oranges, lemon balm. Quite a big pepperiness too (chilli style even). Ginger again. Aniseed, mint and liquorice. Then a quick return to pineapple fruit gums before it fades on a walnut / green tea dryness. Finish: medium long, spicy, still lots of pepper alongside a grassiness and a faint milk chocolate sweetness.

The nose needs some time but folds open very beautifully. Slightly younger and fresher than the age would suggest, with a slightly nervous and very spicy palate. An interesting release for a young bottler. Around € 80.

Score: 87/100

Glenlossie 1992 (Whisky Mercenary) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-12-14

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  • pb: This had some very conflicting tastes. Without ice, I found it almost unbearable (maybe my palate isn't ready for 60% ABV)...but, without ice, there
  • pb: I managed to get my hands on this in the US---it's hardly available here. Easy drinking----hints of sweet caramel, coconut and vanilla. Really opens
  • Tabrulavubeg: The post is more than 3 years old. But I got to buy a bottle of Old Bothwell Cask 2039 today to find that this also was a bottling from the same cask!

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