History The distillery was founded in 1962 by George Christie. It was built by hand by George Christie over the next decades, and was finished in 1987. It took another three years until whisky production started in 1990. Two pot stills of traditional shape were installed. Because massive production was never one of George’s objectives, they are some of the smallest in Scotland. The Glenspey mash tun was the very last fitted by Newmill engineering before they closed down. Though small the distillery can produce 500,000 litres of alcohol per annum. The distillery is the most southern on Speyside and takes its water directly from the River Tromie.

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official bottling
  • beinn-dubh-the-black-whisky Beinn Dubh (2022) - Enjoyable but perhaps doesn't quite deliver what you would expect from the colour. This still has that classic Speyside distillery medium-light spirit style. Plenty of fruit and chocolate from the cask maturation and later some tannins and pleasant spices keep things interesting. 84/100
  • spey-chairmans-choice-whisky Spey Chairman’s Choice (2021) - A very easy drinker, has some nice complexity with a backdrop of Spey's light spirit. Full of plenty of fresh fruits tempered by oak wood maturation. 84/100
  • spey-fumare-whisky Spey Fumare (2022) - Fumare is delicious and shows some of the more delicate aspects of peat-influence. This will change over time in the glass so worth taking some time over this one. 85/100
  • spey-fumare-cask-strength-batch-2-whisky Spey Fumare Cask Strength Batch #2 (2021) - A fire-breathing beast of a dram from Spey which manages to capture everything from the light fruity apple nature of Spey's distillate and plenty of Bourbon cask classic flavours too. Perfect at CS or with a healthy sploosh of water, the smoke travels a long way. 86/100
  • spey-royal-choice-whisky Spey Royal Choice (2021) - Quite a closed or tight expression on both the nose and palate, often a feature of long maturation, there is depth here but it needs time and perhaps a little water to loosen it out. Some lovely woody and herbal notes present too present in layers over their fruity distillate. 85/100
  • spey-tenne-cask-strength-batch-3-scotch-single-malt-whisky Spey Tenne Cask Strength Batch #3 (2021) - A touch spirity at Cask strength but manages to water well, highlighting the balance achieved here using Tawny Port casks. Jammy fruit and rose petal influences but not too sweet or overpowering. 85/100
  • spey-trutina-whisky Spey Trutina (2021) - A cleaner expression which is still remarkably fruity with tonnes of apples and pears across the nose and palate. 84/100
Independent bottling
  • Speyside 18 Years Old 1995 Small Batch (2015) - Speyside-Glenlivet 18 Years Old 1995 Small Batch (62.8%, Cadenheads, Sherry Butt & HH, 738 Bottles, 2014) Single malt scotch whisky 62.8% ABV, £60 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: An independent […]
  • speyside-21-year-old-1993-distillers-art-langside-whisky Speyside 21 Years Old 1993 Distiller’s Art (2016) - Just beautiful, very fruity on the nose but more malty and nutty on the palate. I'm guessing Oloroso sherry cask but who cares what it was matured in - this is good! 89/100
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