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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glen Spey Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Scotch Whisky Distillery

Glen Spey Distillery History


James Stuart a local corn merchant with distilling interests in the Macallan distillery at Craigellachie established the Glen Spey distillery in 1885.


He appears to have built a distilling utility on to his oatmeal mill called Mills of Rothes and this developed to become the fully-fledged Glen Spey distillery


The Glen Spey distillery was sold to W&A Gilbey Company Gin Distillers of London in 1887. This was the first time a non-Scottish company had acquired ownership of a Scotch distillery and is an indication to the extent to which whisky was becoming regarded as an important product.

In 1962 Gilbey merged with Justin & Brooks and United Vintners to form International Distillers & Vintners. The distillery was renovated and extended by adding another pair of stills in 1970.


At some point in 1972 IDV was taken over by Grand Metropolitan, Due to the mergers of the 1980-90’s the distillery eventually became part of the Diageo portfolio


The exterior of the distillery is still pleasantly Victorian with solid, weathered stone buildings. Much of the interior, too, is in period.

Production water is taken from the Doonie Burn Using lightly peated malt barley. There is a semi-Lauter Mash tun with 8 Stainless Steel Washbacks


There are two pairs of stills, the second pair being added during the 1970 rebuilding of the distillery by IDV. The stills have purifiers fitted to lighten the spirit produced.


Contributor to J&B blended Scotch whisky.


Glen Spey Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings  

Glen Spey 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna


Glen Spey Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings 



Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Dewar Rattray,

James MacArthur

Murray McDavid,

Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),



Glen Spey 9 year old Provenance Single Malt Whisky 46% 70cl

A single barrel Bottling from one Refill Hogshead DMG Ref : 8468

Distilled : Summer 2002

Bottled  :  Spring 2012   Tasting notes :-

Opens fresh and clean on the nose running to a buttery vanilla'd quality - home baked style.


The palate opens with a gristy sweet character and develops to a sweetly spiced fruit tart.


Allthis concludes in a drier finish with an orange pith tang. (F)

Glen Spey Distillery Rothes,


AB38 7AY


No Visitor Facilities

Glen Spey Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes 


Nose: Light, malty, fragrant, lightly spiced.


Palate: Medium bodied. Vanilla, honey, delicate spice, nutty.


Finish: Light and slightly dry. Vanilla, honey, a trace of smoke

Founded in 1885 by James Stuart

Location Speyside Region Rothes District

Water source Doonie Burn


Glen Spey  Distilling Equipment


Semi-Lauter mash tun

8 Stainless steel washbacks

4 pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon casks on site