Located in Rothes, Aberlour in the heart of Speyside the Glen Spey Distillery was founded back in 1878 by James Stuart & Co. under the name ‘Mill of Rothes. The distillery started life as an oatmeal mill as founder James Stuart was a corn merchant before he ventured into the whisky world.
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 blends.
Glen Spey 21 Year Old – Batch 1
Distillery.. Glen Spey
Age.. 21 years
Outturn.. 1,278 Bottles
Nose.. This one starts with a real nice floral element, hints of cherry blossom and violets in bloom, rose petals and candied orange segments. Poached pears and stewed apples give this a familar feel while vanilla and hrsther honey gives it a little sweeter aroma.
Palate. There is an initial kick to this with ginger bringing the heat before tropical fruits and Fry’s mint chocolate bars bringing in a new dimension.. Soft spices mix with some candied orange, chocolate raisins and plums.. Add some poached pear and freshly baked apple pie and this is it..
Finish.. soft and delicately spiced
Thoughts.. My first foray into Glen Spey did not disappoint.. A well balanced, delicate and multilayered whisky..
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