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Glen Spey 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40.0%

Glen Spey 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40.0%


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Scores and Reviews

OTHER - Founded in 1885, the distillery was originally part of the Mills of Rothes. Water from the Doone Burn is used to produce this smooth, warming single malt scotch whisky. A slight sense of wood smoke on the nose is rewarded with a spicy, dry finish.

Nose: Very light and grassy to start. In time becoming more sappy, like a pine forest in the summer. Some creamy nuttiness as well.
Palate: Heathery. Very light, dry and nutty with that light sappy note returning. Well-balanced.
Finish: Soft then fades quickly.
Overall: A good, solid, bone-dry malt.
Whisky Magazine, Dave Broom Nose
A hint of fruit (apricot?), then creamy, with some peaty dryness. Appetising. Fresh.
Lightly fudgy and nutty.
A late balancing dryness and a surprising surge of spiciness. Reminiscent of cinnamon, then gingery.
Approachable – even amiable – but with some substance. Wintery flavours that are warming without being challenging.

Michael Jackson - Whisky Magazine Issue 21

The Producer

Glen Spey Distillery, Speyside

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".

The Region

Speyside Whisky

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.

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