The nose of this Glen Spey is more to the light and precise style with clean cereal grains, light honeycomb and a light sea salt note, with butterscotch at a lower temperature. The palate has a salted toffee note with Triscuits, tropical fruits, and a light peat note that you pick up on the end. With this whisky bottled over proof we would recommend the judicious addition of ice, it was better with ice versus any ratio of water we tried.
A final note on the addition of Glenlivet on your label, this does not have to do with any whisky being aged at that eponymous distillery, but rather Cadenhead’s desire to introduce a greater understanding of the locations of distilleries within the larger Highland region. D&M Tasting Notes
59.5% ABV Distilled: 1995 Bottled: 2014 Bourbon Hogshead.
Less well known than its more marketed neighbors, Glen Spey has been quietly producing spirit for over 130 years. Looking back through our club offerings, we believe that this is the first time that we have been able to offer a bottling to you of Glen Spey.
Glen Spey was founded in 1878 by James Stuart & Co. as the Mill of Rothes. The initial distillery name was highly literal, the buildings that make up Glen Spey began their life as an oatmeal mill. James Stuart began as a businessman as a corn merchant before deciding to pivot to the more lucrative value added grain product that is whisky. (James Stuart also founded Glenrothes at around the same time as the Mill of Rothes, situated 500 feet away from the remaining castle wall that gave the town its name.) James Stuart simply added the needed distilling equipment to the existing mill, making Glen Spey a distillery popup with staying power. Within the decade, James Stuart set his sights on The Macallan, which he bought after selling Glen Spey to the British firm W&A Gilbey. W&A Gilbey’s purchase of Glen Spey in 1887 marked the first time that a British firm bought a Scottish Single Malt Distillery. Over the years and through a series of acquisitions, Glen Spey is under the ownership of Diageo, with most of its 1.39 million liter capacity used for the J&B blends.
In terms of distillery setup, Glen Spey does have some idiosyncrasies. The distillery utilizes after-coolers to help condense the vapors from the still. Several distilleries that are located upstream along the Rothes Burn (there are four distilleries in a town of 2,400 people) discarded their warm water into the stream. By the time the water reached Glen Spey, the temperature was too high to be fully effective in cooling the stills and condensing the spirit. These after-coolers remain in place but are not utilized as fisheries regulations have ensured that distilleries cannot dump their hot water in the burn. Another quirk of the Glen Spey setup is the purifiers attached to the two spirit stills.
Purifiers act as small condensers, returning a proportion of the alcohol vapors back to the pot to be re-distilled. So, this would increase the amount of 'reflux' within the pot stills, leading to a lighter prettier whisky.
Glen Spey-Glenlivet 18 Yr Cadenhead Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Glen Spey-Glenlivet
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 39
- SKU #: 3165