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Glen Spey Whisky


Glen Spey Speyside Whisky

The Glen Spey distillery sits below the ruins of Castle Rothes, once home to the Earls of Rothes who lived there until a devastating fire in 1662. Now just a few sections of wall remain. The Glen Spey whisky distillery was founded as the Mill of Rothes in 1878 by James Stuart and Co, the buildings having started out life as an oatmeal mill. Six years later, James Stuart purchased the Macallan distillery and in 1887 the English company W & A Gilbey acquired the Glen Spey for £11,000.

The distillery has some rather interesting features. For one, Glen Spey shares its water source, the Rothes Burn, with several other distilleries, though not only did they draw water, but also discard hot waters that had previously cooled their stills. By the time the water reached Glen Spey it was far too hot to cool the stills effectively, thus water coolers were employed. This is no longer necessary as regulations are somewhat stricter and the distilleries must now cool their water before discarding it. Another feature of note being the spirit stills, which are operated at a low pressure, thus negating the use of release valves. The spirit stills are also fitted with purifiers; these increase the reflux and so more of the spirit is distilled again before it is condensed. This provides a lighter tasting single malt whisky and a perfect blending component.

Indeed, the Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Spey distillery has long since been used as a blending agent. Notably a good proportion of the whisky is used in J&B blends. Following the installation of a further pair of stills in 1970, the current capacity is 1.39 million litres per annum. In 1962, United Wine Traders merged with W & A Gilbey to form International Distillers and Vintners. A decade later, Watney Mann acquired the company shortly after being purchased by Grand Metropolitan. Following the 1997 merger between Grand Metropolitan and Guinness, Glen Spey is under Diageo ownership. There have been few official releases; today there is just a twelve year-old, although there are a few independent bottlings to be found.
  • Glen Spey 12 years Flora & Fauna
    Item no.: 22227865471-301
    Glen Spey 12 Year Flora & Fauna Single Speyside Malt Whisky 43%

    The distillery Glen Spey is located in Rothes in Speyside and is one of the smallest distilleries owned by Diageo. A rarely heard of distillery that produces whisky for J&B. Malt and fruity notes on the nose. Medium body with orange, toffee and vanilla on the palate. Classic Speyside expression.

    In 1992, the then United Distillers (now Diageo, the world's largest spirits company) launched the Flora & Fauna series, which at the time consisted of 26 different versions of Scotch Single Malt whisky to showcase the vast differences in Scotland's whisky regions. Bottled at 43% for most of the bottles, but some were also bottled at Cask Strength, i.e. full cask strength, and some versions also came in wooden boxes.

    Distillery: Glen Spey
    Age: 12 years
    Type: Single Speyside Malt Whisky
    Alc. strength: 43%
    70 cl.
    Other: Part of the Flora & Fauna series from Diageo
    • 1pcs.
  • Glen Spey 1991/2016 The Pearls of Scotland 24 years old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl 49.5%
    Item no.: 059763-615-320
    Glen Spey 1991/2016 The Pearls of Scotland 24 years old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl 49.5%

    The concept of The Pearls of Scotland is quite simple - to create a series of cask strength Scotch Whisky bottlings, that truly live up to the definition of a pearl: "A Pearl is an object highly valued for its beauty and rarity."

    The Pearls of Scotland is a series of exclusive single cask bottlings from some of Scotland's most esteemed distilleries. The releases are periodically changed and bottled at cask strength, without the addition of color, and without chill filtering.

    Distillery: Glen Spey
    Bottler: Gordon & Company (Distillers) LTD - The Pearls of Scotland
    Year: Distilled: August 1991 Bottled: February 2016
    Age: 24 years old
    Country: Scotland
    Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Cask number/type: Cask No #2533
    Alc. strength: 49.5 %
    Number of bottles: no. 30 of 291 pcs.
    Natural Colour
    70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
  • Glen Spey 1995/2006 Norse Cask Selection 11 years old WhiskyOwner Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl 59,7%
    Item no.: 505956-105768-1
    Distillery: Glen Spey NCS
    Bottler: Norse Cask Selection - WhiskyOwner
    Year: Distilled: April 1995 Bottled: August 2006
    Age: 11 years old
    Type: Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
    Cask number/type: Hogshead #421
    Alc. strength: 59,7 %
    Number of bottles: 242 pcs.
    Natural Colour
    70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
  • Glen Spey 2010/2021 Signatory Vintage 10 years Single Speyside Malt Whisky 46%
    Item no.: 22227865479-1106-19727949
    This Glen Spey is bottled exclusively for the Danish market by independent whisky merchant Signatory Vintage and is part of the The Un-Chillfilteres Collection. The whisky has been aged for 10 years in Hogsheads casks, after which it was bottled in 2021 with an alcohol strength of 46%. Distillery: Glen SpeyBottler: Signatory Vintage - The Un-Chillfilteres Collection Vintage: 2010/2021 Age: 10 years Type: Single Speyside Malt Whisky Cask number/type: 804786+804792 / Hogsheads Alc. strength: 46% Un-chillfiltered Natural Colour 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.