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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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$53.88

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)
$227.69

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)
$138.99

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)
$187.66

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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$78.74

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)
$272.01

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)
$91.48

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
$71.79

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
$54.41

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)
$85.70

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)
$126.98

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)
$63.67

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)
$101.13

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 collection - if…  More info

Spey Royal - 1970s

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 1999 (cask 125) - Riverstown

70cl, 59.8%

Distilled on the 6th April 1999, this Glen Spey single malt was then matured in an oak cask for 12 years before being bottled in August 2011 at 59.8% ABV by Riverstown. Only 298 bottles were released.  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 1999 (cask 125) - Riverstown
$62.52

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
$269.16

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)
$138.77

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 8) - Creative Whisky Company

70cl, 45.8%

This 10 year old single malt, distilled 13th August 2002 at Glen Spey, was aged in a refill bourbon cask and bottled at cask strength in 2012 by indie bottler Creative Whisky Company. Only 490…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 8) - Creative Whisky Company
$45.14

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
$67.15

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)
$138.77

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)
$144.56

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)
$60.74

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