Dirty but Clean

Glenlossie Blackadder Raw Cask 1996 18y

Reviewed by victor


The thing with Blackadders' Raw Cask series is that it's as unfiltered as possible. Everything goes straight into the bottles, including cask sediment. To put it simply - there's small pieces of black stuff in the whisky. The bottler does this in order to preserve oils and fats in the whiskies.

0.2 (Pale staw)

Nose

Lots of fruit and freshness in a pretty subdued nose. No burn or sting to speak of. Thin.

Palate

While the nose was thin, the palate brings more flavors. Fresh fruit and vanilla. Nothing unusual here, but in a pleasant mix and balance where nothing really stands out (in a good way!). Drilling deeper in the fruitiness reveals mostly stewed apples and peaches, leaning towards peach candy flavors. A little peppery.

Finish

Growing and full, intense but sweet. Long with a small burn.

I've tasted a few Glenlossies before and I've concluded that their distillate is clean, light and fresh. It seems like it keeps those characteristics nicely when matured in bourbon casks, but sherry casks bring out other flavors (more on that in another review or two). This expression is absolutely in line with that. A thin and a little boring nose, but a palate and finish that overdeliver. Better than the other way around! I didn't pick up much from the raw cask promise of fats and oils, maybe more of a creaminess. This is a very well done whisky and I'd gladly have it again.

Score

82 / 100
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