A Rarely Seen Speyside Malt
Established as the Mill of Rothes in Moray, Speyside, in 1878, Glen Spey took its current name in 1887. This workhorse distillery was for a long time the home of then-owner W&A Gilbey’s Spey Royal blended Scotch.
In more recent years, much of the single malt produced at Glen Spey has been used for blends, most notably J&B. The distillery’s use of purifiers in its stills promotes reflux of the spirit it produces, creating a lighter whisky which makes for a prime blending component.
Thus far, official Glen Spey releases have been few and far between and include a highly collectible 21-year-old cask-strength single malt. Today only a 12-year-old, released as part of owner Diageo’s Flora & Fauna series, exists. Several independent bottlings are also on the market.