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Glen Spey

Glen Spey


The Glen Spey distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Rothes, Aberlour, Banffshire at the centre of the Speyside whisky producing area of Scotland.

Glen Spey distillery was built in 1878 by James Stuart & Co. under the name ‘Mill of Rothes’. It actually started its life as an oatmeal mill – founder James Stuart was a corn merchant before he ventured into the whisky world. The distillation equipment was simply added to the existing mill in the years before the Glen Spey distillery was sold to the Gilbey company of London in 1887. It expanded production capacity from two to four stills in 1970.

Glen Spey (along with Glenlossie and Strathmill) continues to use ‘purifiers’. Purifiers act as small condensers, returning a proportion of the alcohol vapours back to the pot to be re-distilled. So, this would increase the amount of ‘reflux’ within the pot stills. This results in a lighter spirit.

During its history, the distillery has released only a handful of official bottlings. The distillery’s product is currently primarily used for J&B products.

Glen Spey Whisky Reviews:

  • Glen-Spey-12-Years-Old Glen Spey 12 Years Old Flora and Fauna ~ 43% (Diageo) - Review: Glen Spey 12 Years Old – Flora and Fauna Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Spey Distillery Bottling: Diageo ABV: 43% Cost: £40.99 from Master of Malt Score: 70/100 What they say: The Scots Pines beside the ruins of Rothes Castle, provide an ideal habitat for the Goldcrest, Britain’s smallest bird, and overllok […]
  • glen-spey-21-year-old-1991-cask-800828-dimensions-duncan-taylor-whisky Glen Spey 21 Years Old 1991 Dimensions Cask 800826 ~ 54.3% (Duncan Taylor) - Glen Spey 21 Years Old 1991 [Cask 800826] – Dimensions (Duncan Taylor) 54.3% ABV, £90 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: Dimensions is a super-premium collection highlighting the multi-dimensional nature of the Duncan Taylor Portfolio. The whiskies in this range vary from 10 year old single malts and grains up to 39 years of […]
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