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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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$49.12
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Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2007 - James Eadie

70cl, 58.9%

11 year old Glen Spey single malt independently bottled by James Eadie after enjoying a finishing period in a first-fill Pedro Ximénez sherry cask. Just 288 bottles were produced.  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2007 - James Eadie
$61.71

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 800861) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 47.4%

25 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by A.D. Rattray for their Cask Collection. It was distilled in December 1991 and left to age in a bourbon hogshead until October…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 800861) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$125.37

Glen Spey 22 Year Old 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Another yummy indie bottling from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range - this time it's a 22 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a pair of refill American hogsheads. These casks were…  More info

Glen Spey 22 Year Old 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$127.54

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 49.5%

24 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask which housed the whisky from August 1991 to February 2016. Following its maturation, this was independently bottled by Gordon & Company for…  More info

Glen Spey 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 2533) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$98.85
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Glen Spey 27 Year Old 1988 - Sansibar

70cl, 47.7%

A stylish Glen Spey here, independently bottled by Sansibar in collaboration with Spirits Shop' Selection. This was aged in a bourbon cask for 27 years - from 1988 to 2015 - before being bottled at…  More info

Glen Spey 27 Year Old 1988 - Sansibar
$247.37

Spey Royal - 1970s

75cl, 40%

Rescued from the jaws of time, this is a rare 1970s bottling of Spey Royal, a classic blended Scotch whisky produced at the Glen Soey distillery. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s
$191.69

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s

100cl, 43%

Bottled and blended at Glen Spey, Spey Royal is a blended Scotch whisky with this bottle dating from around the 1970s.  More info

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s
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$255.59

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)
$92.95

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

70cl, 53.5%

This is a bottling of 12 year old Glen Spey single malt, release for The Manager's Dram range - which were picked by distillery managers and offered to Diageo employees. Collectible stuff, and likely…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1994 (cask 2137) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60.7%

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask range. This was distilled in June 1994 and bottled at cask strength in June 2017 with an outturn of 210 bottles.  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1994 (cask 2137) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$132.86

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

This is a Càrn Mòr bottling of 15 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a pair of casks laid down in 2000 and bottled in 2016. 540 bottles were released as part of the Strictly Limited range.  More info

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2000 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
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Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

A 15 year old single malt from Glen Spey, distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2017 by the independent bottling stalwarts W.M. Cadenhead. 720 bottles were produced for the Small Batch range.  More info

Glen Spey 15 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$55.82

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$44.68

Glen Spey 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 12115) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%

An XOP bottling of well-aged single malt from Glen Spey! This was distilled in November 1986, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled 30 years later in October 2017 by Douglas Laing. 278 bottles…  More info

Glen Spey 30 Year Old 1986 (cask 12115) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.5%

Single malt from Glen Spey! This indie bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 as part of the WM Cadenhead range, with 480 bottles produced.  More info

Glen Spey 19 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11336) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A single cask Glen Spey, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1997 and filled into a refill hogshead to mature for 18 years, and was…  More info

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11336) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$54.07

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Glen Spey in 1995, aged in refill American hogshead before bottling in 2008 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Glen Spey 1995 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.6%

An indie bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled as part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. It was distilled in December 1991 and bottled in November 2015 with an…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 800794) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$128.00

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery, presented by Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in January 1997 and matured in a single…  More info

Glen Spey 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11192) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

A Berry Bros. & Rudd bottling of Glen Spey single malt matured for 14 years from 2000. An independent release of single cask Speyside Scotch whisky.  More info

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 262) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$54.13

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 45.6%

A single cask Glen Spey single malt, distilled in 1988 and bottled at 26 years old by Bartels Whisky for the Highland Laird range. Yum yum yum...  More info

Glen Spey 26 Year Old 1988 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A 1999 vintage Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1999 to February 2015. It was then bottled as part of the excellent Old Particular range by Douglas…  More info

Glen Spey 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 9985) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 52.6%

23 year old Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a single hogshead cask which housed the whisky for over two decades. It was distilled in August 1991 and bottled in June 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their…  More info

Glen Spey 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 2535) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A single cask bottling of Glen Spey single malt, drawn from a hogshead which matured the whisky for 25 years, from October 1990 to August 2016. Following maturation, the whisky was bottled by Hunter…  More info

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 12803) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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