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Glen Spey

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 Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Spey Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 831215

Distillery Capacity

1 390 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1878

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Rothes, Moray

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1878

James Stuart & Co. founds the distillery which becomes known by the name Mill of Rothes.

1886

James Stuart buys Macallan.

1887

W. & A. Gilbey buys the distillery for £11 000 thus becoming the first English company to buy a Scottish malt distillery.

1920

A fire breaks out.

1962

W. & A. Gilbey combines forces with United Wine Traders and forms International Distillers & Vintners (IDV).

1970

The stills are increased from two to four.

1972

IDV is bought by Watney Mann who are then acquired by Grand Metropolitan.

1997

Guiness and Grand Metropolitan merge to form Diageo.

2001

A 12 year old is launched in the Flora & Fauna series.

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A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info
$61.09
This is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the fine folks at Douglas Laing. Matured in a single refill butt from Summer 2002 to Spring 2014, this has become part of their...  More info
$69.77
Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this is an 11 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt, until 2014, when it was bottled...  More info
$71.60
A tasty 14 year old Glen Spey from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in February of 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead.  More info
$86.93
From the lovely chaps at Douglas Laing comes this independent bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead for 15 years. It was distilled by the Speyside...  More info
$94.47
This right here is an independently bottled Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single cask which lovingly matured the whisky from December 1991 to February 2014. At that point, it was...  More info
$156.84
Douglas Laing have bottled this 9 year old Glen Spey for their Provenance range of single malt whiskies.  More info
$59.52
Single cask Glen Spey distilled in May 1993 and matured for 12 years in refill hogshead number 1984 before bottling in July 2005 by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. An outturn of 358...  More info
Distilled at Glen Spey in 1995, aged in refill American hogshead before bottling in 2008 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$73.91
30 year old Speyside whisky, this Glen Spey was bottled at cask strength by Speciality Drinks for their Anniversary Selection. Part of a release of 455 bottles.  More info
$132.10
A 25 year old Glen Spey, distilled in November of 1986 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in February 2012. This is a release of just 299 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing for their...  More info
$142.67
A well aged Glen Spey. This was distilled in December of 1976 and matured for 32 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in September 2009. A release of 122 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info
Bottled for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range, this Glen Spey from Speyside matured for 21 years in a sherry cask before being bottled with an outturn of 260 bottles.  More info
$142.93
Distilled in 1981 at Glen Spey, this was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd, and it offers oodles of honeyed, spicy flavour with ripe fruit and hints of smoke.  More info
$155.43
Drawn from a single bourbon barrel, this 27 year old Glen Spey was bottled by A. D. Rattray in January 2014. It was popped into the barrel by the distillery in Speyside in September 1986. 224 bottles...  More info
$166.21
The Glen Spey distillery in Speyside produce much of their whisky for use in blends. However, independent bottlers do get their hands on single casks of their single malt Scotch whisky every once in a...  More info
$167.41
One of the best of the bunch of Diageo's 2010 special releases, this 21 year old has bags of fresh fruit. We got Strawberries, Pineapple and Orange. Touch of Almond Oil on the finish.  More info
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$191.62
The Manager's Choice range includes a single cask from each of Diageo's distilleries. This Glen Spey was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2009, cask number 240.  More info

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