About this SPIRIT
Glen Spey Distillery, Speyside
Glen Spey was founded by the licence holder of Macallan, James Stuart, who altered an old mill to make it a distillery in 1884.
It currently belongs to the same family as Knockando, The Singleton of Auchroisk, and Strathmill. All are part of Diageo.
Glen Spey malt contributes to blends like Spey Royal and the vatted malt Stathspey -indeed the vast majority of the output is used in blends. Single malts (rare) appear as part of independent bottlings or in the Diageo's collection "Fauna & Flora".
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.