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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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$48.40

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
$65.01

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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$71.30

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)
$114.98

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)
$169.93

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)
$240.86

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

For this Small Batch release, WM Cadenhead bottled a 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glen Spey distillery. It was distilled in 2001 and aged in bourbon hogsheads until 2014, when the…  More info

Glen Spey 12 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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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)

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
$40.87

Glen Spey 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

Hey, some Glen Spey! This 17 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky was drawn from a single cask and bottled by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent bottlers in Scotland. 312 bottles…  More info

Glen Spey 17 Year Old - Duthies (WM Cadenhead)

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)

Glen Spey 17 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

A 17 year old Glen Spey single malt Scotch whisky, coming to you via WM Cadenhead's Small Batch range. This independently bottled Speysider was distilled back in 1995 and left to age in bourbon…  More info

Glen Spey 17 Year Old 1995 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

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)
$44.02

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 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)

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)

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 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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$53.27

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)
$53.34

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

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
$56.61

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)

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
$60.80

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)

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. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Spey Royal 1l - 1970s
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