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Keith Law
*Diageo Master Blender



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head whisky maker(s)

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Year Founded

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The Glenlossie distillery, established in 1876 by John Duff and associates. Its early success was due in part to its convenient proximity to a railway line, making it a favored choice among whisky blenders. The Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery Company was established in 1895. In 1919, the distillery came under the ownership of Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL). After a fire in 1929 necessitated extensive rebuilding and repairs, DCL transferred Glenlossie to its subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD), in 1930. Glenlossie expanded from 4 to 6 stills in 1962.

Notably, Glenlossie shares its site with Mannochmore and once shared warehouses and employees until 2007 when both distilleries began operating independently. John Duff's name is associated with whisky enthusiasts due to his involvement with Benriach and Longmorn distilleries, and he later attempted whisky ventures in South Africa and the USA, facing challenges related to anti-British sentiments and economic setbacks.

Known for its subtle and delicate character, Glenlossie's spirit benefits from the use of purifier pipes, which recycle heavier alcohols into the distillation process, imparting an oily texture. Extended fermentation contributes to a grassy quality in its new make spirit. While Glenlossie is an essential component of its parent company's blends, it rarely appears as a single malt bottling, except in Diageo's Flora & Fauna series, where a 10-year-old expression can be found.

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