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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.

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
$157.65

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)
$67.30

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
$197.06

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

This is an independent bottling of single malt distilled by Glen Spey in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A yummy indie Speyside aged in bourbon barrels until…  More info

Glen Spey 2004 (bottled 2013) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.25

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)
$85.17

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

This independently bottled single malt was distilled by the Glen Spey distillery back in the year 2000 (it still sounds so futuristic). In cask #263, this Glen Spey matured for 13 years, until it was…  More info

Glen Spey 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 263) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$67.30

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Spey 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$60.59

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 56.10%

Independently bottled single malt from the Glen Spey distillery, matured in cask #800276 from August 1991 to August 2015. It comes to us via the Pearls of Scotland independent bottling range, and has…  More info

Glen Spey 1991 (bottled 2015) (cask 800276) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$110.47

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

70cl, 58.50%

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)
$72.51

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

70cl, 48.40%

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)
$59.49

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
$44.88

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)
$79.97

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

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…  More info

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.90

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

70cl, 45.60%

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)
$141.23

Glen Spey 32 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Spey 32 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glen Spey 1996 - Managers Choice

70cl, 52%

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

Glen Spey 1996 - Managers Choice

Glen Spey 30 Year Old - Anniversary Selection (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 54.50%

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

Glen Spey 30 Year Old - Anniversary Selection (Speciality Drinks)
$92.07

Glen Spey 1981 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

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

Glen Spey 1981 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$108.33

Glen Spey 9 Year Old 2002 (cask 8468) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Douglas Laing have bottled this 9 year old Glen Spey for their Provenance range of single malt whiskies.  More info

Glen Spey 9 Year Old 2002 (cask 8468) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$41.49

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1986 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glen Spey 25 Year Old 1986 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$99.44

Glen Spey 21 Year Old (2010 Release)

70cl, 50.40%

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

Glen Spey 21 Year Old (2010 Release)
5
$146.69

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1991 (Cask 800828) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.30%

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

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 1991 (Cask 800828) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$99.61

Glen Spey 27 Year Old 1986 (cask 1982) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 52.50%

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

Glen Spey 27 Year Old 1986 (cask 1982) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$115.85

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10192) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glen Spey 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 10192) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$48.64

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