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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 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%

A 12 year old from Glen Spey, released as part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
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$45.53

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 - Ghost (Fable Whisky)

70cl, 59.7%

An independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey Distillery up in Speyside, distilled back in 2010 and aged in a hogshead cask for 11 years. After this rest, the Fable Whisky team bottled it…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 - Ghost (Fable Whisky)
$83.57

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 12952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%

An indie Glen Spey single malt, which has enjoyed 21 years of maturation in a single refill hogshead - from January 1997 to November 2018. Following that generous slumber, the whisky was bottled by…  More info

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 12952) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$218.12

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 804794 & 804799) - Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Glen Spey in September 2010, this single malt was placed into a pair of hogsheads that had the good fortune of finding their way to the folks at indie bottler Signatory! In June 2021,…  More info

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 804794 & 804799) - Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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$38.97

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2009 (cask 110805728) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%

Glorius Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 2009 and independently bottled in 2020 as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range! There was an outturn of 300 bottles from this single cask.  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2009 (cask 110805728) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$74.88

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 4830) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 54.5%

A grand single malt from Glen Spey, distilled in 2006 and filled into a single virgin oak barrel. After a 15 year layover, the cask was opened up by independent bottler Alistair Walker, releasing a…  More info

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 4830) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)
$80.29

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2011 – The Half Moon (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

From the glorious Glen Spey Distillery in Speyside comes a ten year old single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the marvellous James Eadie. This edition was drawn from a pair of recharred…  More info

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2011 – The Half Moon (James Eadie)
$38.05

Bough to the Breeze 27 Year Old 1994 - Wemyss Malts (Glen Spey)

70cl, 46%

A grand old single malt from Glen Spey, independently bottled by Wemyss Malts. Distilled in 1994, it spent the next 27 years resting up in a single hogshead, which was finally opened up to yield a…  More info

Bough to the Breeze 27 Year Old 1994 - Wemyss Malts (Glen Spey)
$176.49

Glen Spey 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%

It's the very first batch of Glen Spey single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! This is a 21 year old single malt from the distillery, though interestingly, the label…  More info

Glen Spey 21 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$111.46
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Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 801878A) - The Single Cask

70cl, 57.3%

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by... The Single Cask. So it's a "single cask" bottling in more ways than one! Anyway, it was distilled back in March 2008, and…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 801878A) - The Single Cask
$82.65

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 803006) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 55%

Spectacular single malt from Glen Spey, distilled in 2010 and released as part of The Cooper's Choice collection from The Vintage Malt Whisky Co., who bottled it up in 2021. After initial maturation…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 803006) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.57

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2008 - Vintage Casks (Mossburn)

70cl, 55.9%

An indie bottling of Glen Spey, bottled up by the wonderful Mossburn for its Vintage Casks series. Distilled in 2008, it then spent a decade ageing until April 2019 when the cask was cracked open. As…  More info

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2008 - Vintage Casks (Mossburn)
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$64.10

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 804620) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 57.2%

From the Berry Bros. & Rudd selection of superb independent bottlings comes a ten year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky. This one was distilled back in 2009 and aged in cask #804620 for a…  More info

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 804620) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
$67.15
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Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2009 (cask 803748) - James Eadie

70cl, 56.8%

Single cask single malt from Glen Spey, distilled in May 2009 and matured in a bourbon hogshead for twelve years. In 2021, the team at James Eadie opened up the cask and bottled the glorious whisky…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2009 (cask 803748) - James Eadie

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2009 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

From the Glen Spey Distillery comes this glorious single malt, independently bottled up by Gordon & MacPhail for its Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2009, the whisky was initially matured in…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2009 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 803007) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%

Distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2021, this 11 year old single malt Speysider began its existence at Speyside's Glen Spey Distillery. After distillation, the whisky was allowed time to mature in an…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 803007) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1994 (cask 2139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 59.7%

Distilled at Glen Spey on 9 June 1994, this single malt then rested in a sherry hogshead for nearly a quarter of a century. When the whisky was 24 years of age, on 29 April 2019 it was bottled by…  More info

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1994 (cask 2139) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2006 (cask 4828) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 57.5%

This Speysider was distilled at Glen Spey in September 2006. It slumbered for 13 years, including a finishing period in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon, until Alistair Walker emptied the cask for its…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2006 (cask 4828) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1994 (cask 5350) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 44.2%

Bottled by Càrn Mòr for its Celebration of the Cask series comes this wonderful Glen Spey single malt! Matured in a sherry hogshead for a hearty 26 years between 1994 and 2021, this is a top-notch…  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1994 (cask 5350) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Spey 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 54.7%

A lovely sherried Speysider, this one was distilled in 2001 at Glen Spey! The next 17 years of its existence were spent in a single refill sherry hogshead, until Gordon & MacPhail cracked it open in…  More info

Glen Spey 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 804613) - Cask Collection (A. D Rattray)

70cl, 58.3%

10 year old single malt from the Glen Spey Distillery, independently bottled by the awesome A.D. Rattray for its Cask Collection. For a decade this one aged in a single bourbon hogshead, from August…  More info

Glen Spey 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 804613) - Cask Collection (A. D Rattray)

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 59.1%

An indie Glen Spey single malt, bottled up by North Star Spirits! This one was distilled by Glen Spey back in 2006, and was initially matured in a refill hogshead, before being finished in an Oloroso…  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 805411) - James Eadie

70cl, 60%

From indie bottler James Eadie comes a rather unique Speysider! Distilled at Glen Spey in 2007, the single malt was then matured for over a decade, with its final 22 months spent in a first-fill Palo…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 805411) - James Eadie

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 - Spirit of Stirling Festival 2015 (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

From Glen Spey comes this single malt, distilled in January 1999. It was left in a single refill hogshead for the following 16 years, until it was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 - Spirit of Stirling Festival 2015 (Douglas Laing)

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 15029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Sherried single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, drawn from a single cask. The whisky was distilled in January 1997 and left it to mature in a sherry hogshead until April 2018, when it was bottled…  More info

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 15029) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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