Glenlossie 1992, 21yo, 54.4% – SMWS (46.26 – Killer Bee Surf Wax)

I’m not 100% sure where they’re coming from but I’ve got quite a lot of SMWS samples lined up. Most are from bottle shares done by BC, but some come from elsewhere. Anyway, generally I like the whisky with a miss sometimes in the mix.

From all distilleries that I can have, I had a Glenlossie sitting in the cupboard. It might have been a couple years since I last had a Glenlossie and it’s not a distillery that’s on my radar. Not sure why, but I guess because there’s not much coming from there in the form of single malts.

Anyway, ‘Killer Bee Surf Wax’ promises wax and honey. Let’s see what they’re up to.

It’s rich and woody with lots of straw, hay and grass. Quite some dough and malt with a touch of vanilla and pound cake. Somehow I found this one to be a bit tough to dissect. A bit Mortlach-y.

The palate is dry with dough and malt again. Oak, vanilla and lemon, pastry dough, sand dough. It’s sweet with brown sugar and a hint of pepper. It’s rich but gets sharper if you let it swim.

The finish isn’t overly long with more vanilla than before. Still bread dough and shortbread. Maybe a touch of Scottish tablet. More smooth than the palate.

I’m not entirely sure what to think of this one. Well, I know the name doesn’t make sense once again. I think the case with this whisky is that it’s forgettable. I tried it last week and I didn’t even remember trying it until I saw the tasting notes in my booklet.

The flavors, when reading back, are nice enough but not in a way that it’s a highly unique whisky. Somehow, that happens a lot with SMWS. The booze is not often bad, most of it is good and sometimes there’s a truly great one in there. But, there’s also a lot of things that are quite forgettable. Shame, but not strange if you bottle over a hundred casks per year, and have been doing that for more than three decades.

Glenlossie 1992, 21yo, 54.4%, Refill Ex-bourbon Hogshead, SMWS (46.26 – Killer Bee Surf Wax). It used to cost some 100 bucks.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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