Lossit Archivist | Smoky Islay style whisky | 46% ABV

Lossit Archivist | Smoky Islay style whisky | 46% ABV

Lossit Archivist | Smoky Islay style whisky | 46% ABV

  • £59.95

  • Ex Tax:£49.96
Tags: Islay, smoky, peaty



A modern interpretation of the legendary Lossit Distillery on Islay, featuring a marriage of 100% aged Single Malt Scotch Whiskies (on average a quarter of a century.) Not chill filtered, 700ml, ABV 46%, presented in a deluxe gift tin


TASTING NOTES


Appearance: Sauternes wine.

On the Nose: Peat smoke, poached pear and malty notes – pineapple, vanilla and buttered burnt toast. 

Palate: Smooth & rich, leads to smoky bonfire & waves of gentle spice between puffs of smoke. 

The Finish: Very long, smoky and complex. An exceptionally elegant Islay whisky.


ABOUT LOSSIT DISTILLERY


Founded in 1817 by Malcolm McNeill, Lossit was the biggest producer of whisky on Islay in the industry’s formative years and lasted for half a century until it was silenced in 1867. The longest surviving and most successful of Islay’s farm-distilleries, Lossit was part of the transformation of Islay’s reputation from an outpost of smugglers to a leading force in the whisky industry. Lossit’s ability (and need to) utilise entirely local supplies to build a business that could satisfy both local and national markets is a structure that many Single Estate distillers are attempting to replicate today. It could even be said that Lossit was the original Single Estate distillery!

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Description Founded in 1817 by Malcolm McNeill, Lossit was the biggest producer of whisky on Islay in the industry’s formative years and lasted for half a century until it was silenced in 1867. The longest surviving and most successful of Islay’s farm-distilleries, Lossit was part of the transformation of Islay’s reputation from an outpost of smugglers to a leading force in the whisky industry. Lossit’s ability (and need to) utilise entirely local supplies to build a business that could satisfy both local and national markets is a structure that many Single Estate distillers are attempting to replicate today. It could even be said that Lossit was the original Single Estate distillery!
Origin Styled on the original Islay distillery near Ballygrant, Islay
Volume, ABV 700ml, 46% ABV
Comment Presented in a deluxe gift tin
Description of Taste
Tasting note Appearance: Sauternes wine, oily and slow-running legs. Aroma: From the beginning its peat smoke, winey fruit and malty notes – this rather subtle nose also has hints of pineapple, vanilla and buttered burnt toast. Taste: The palate has a smooth and creamy tangy start, leading to a smoky bonfire with waves of gentle spice flowing in between the puffs of smoke. Finish: Gingerbread, grilled grapefruit and its long, smoky and complex - just when you think its fading, the waves of spice are back. Comment: For those who enjoy mature Islay Scotch whisky this is exceptionally elegant and complex.
Ruben Luyten 20/02/2018

Nose: much better than Lossit Classic, it has the same fruity sweetness, with more punch, deeper smoke and a salty hint. A little pineapple in the background, as well as something of buttered toast. Smoked fish. A creamier almond pudding note and a floral touch too. Mouth: still not very punchy, but already much better than the Classic version. Smoky bonfire, mint, citrus, liquorice and black pepper. More or less the same flavours as the Classic, but with a better structure and less of a watery feel. Also, the medicinal side comes out more. Finish: not too long, spicy and smoky.

Indeed this feels more mature and more balanced. Also the higher ABV makes it more flavorsome. Is this what Lossit tasted like? I doubt it, but it’s a rather nice whisky. I would pick this version any time, after all the price difference isn’t huge.
Score: 84/100

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