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John Duff had previously owned the Fife Arms Inn at Lhanbryde and managed Glendronach distillery. He formed John Duff and Co with H Mackay, Charles Shirres, Alexander Grigor Allan and George Thomson and the company founded the Glenlossie whisky distillery in 1876. The Glenlossie distillery lies south of Elgin, in the village of Thomshill. Twenty years later, H Mackay became the manager following John Duff’s departure to Longmorn which he established with Charles Shirres and George Thomson.

In 1919, Distillers Company Ltd acquired the Glenlossie distillery and just over a decade later transferred the distillery to Scottish Malt Distillers. During the 1960s, substantial advances were carried out, the distillery was converted from steam to electric power and in 1962 a further two stills were added, bringing the total to six. Today the distillery is mid-sized with a total annual capacity of 2.14m litres. Following the amalgamation of Distillers Company Ltd, Glenlossie is under Diageo ownership.

The site on which the distillery stands also includes a substantial dark grains plant which processes pot ale and draff into cattle fodder. There is also ample storage space, Glenlossie’s ten warehouses can hold as much as 200,000 casks, and accordingly, other Diageo-owned whisky distilleries have been afforded storage here. There have been several independent bottlings of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, in addition to the official house bottling. The 1990-released ten year-old.

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About Glenlossie Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 862000

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

2 140 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Birnie, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8SS

Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Thomshill, By Elgin, Moray

Distillery Website


John Duff, former manager at Glendronach Distillery, founds the distillery. Alexander Grigor Allan (to become part-owner of Talisker Distillery), the whisky trader George Thomson and Charles Shirres (both will co-found Longmorn Distillery some 20 years later with John Duff) and H. Mackay are also involved in the company.


The company Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery Co. is formed. Alexander Grigor Allan passes away.


John Duff becomes more involved in Longmorn and Mackay takes over management of Glenlossie.


Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over the company.


A fire breaks out and causes considerable damage.


DCL transfers operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


Stills are increased from four to six.


Another distillery, Mannochmore, is constructed by SMD on the premises. A dark grains plant is installed.


A 10 year old is launched in the Flora & Fauna series.

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A stunning Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the ever-popular Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 51.5% abv, this 20 year old single cask treat is rather exciting...  More info
This is an independently bottled Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlossie distillery in the Speyside region. It was distilled in the year 1998 and bottled for the...  More info
The 10 year old bottling from the Glenlossie distillery in Speyside.  More info
Discover the wonders of what tiny casks can do to a whisky with this Duncan Taylor Octave bottling of 22 year old Glenlossie. It distilled in 1992 and was treated to a finishing period of 7 months in...  More info
A rare bottling from Glenlossie, distilled in 1961 and bottled in 2007.  More info
A Signatory bottling of Glenlossie, distilled on the 4th October 1984 and matured in a sherry butt (cask number 2536) for 24 years before bottling on the 14th September 2009. Part of a release of 549...  More info
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Distilled at Glenlossie in 1978, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2007.  More info
This was distilled at Glenlossie on the 4th October 1984, aged in a sherry butt (number 2535) and bottled on the 12th April 2010. A release of 570 bottles.  More info
The Glenlossie distillery is situated right next to the Mannochmore Distillery in Speyside and has been open since 1876 with only one major fire in this time, that's pretty good for a whisky...  More info
A cask-strength single cask whisky from the Glenlossie distillery. This was distilled in 1992 and finished in a small Octave-size cask for loads of extra spiciness.  More info
Distilled at Glenlossie in September 1992, this was aged in cask 981 for 19 years before bottling in January 2012 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. A release of 292 numbered bottles at natural...  More info
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This Glenlossie was distilled on the 4th October 1984, aged in sherry butt 2535 for 25 years and finally bottled on the 12th April 2010 for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. Stellar stuff.  More info
A release of 727 numbered bottles of hogshead-matured Glenlossie, this was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2011 by Signatory.  More info
An independent bottling of Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2012 by Gordon and MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range. While a lot of their whisky...  More info
A release of 416 bottles from the Old Malt Cask range, this was distilled at Glenlossie in September 1993, aged for 18 years in a refill butt and bottled in January of 2012.  More info
A single cask, cask strength Glenlossie from Signatory. An outturn of 274 bottles from cask 3443.  More info
Glenlossie whisky has a reputation for being very good to work with when creating blended whisky, but it isn't bottled as a single malt all that much, which is a shame as it's very tasty indeed...  More info
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An 11 year old Glenlossie, distilled in September 2000 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range in June 2012. This is batch one…  More info
A 20 year old from rarely seen Glenlossie. Bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
From Duncan Taylor's Octave range comes a 22 year old Glenlossie single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, however, this Speysider was treated...  More info

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