Glen Spey is a little-known Diageo-owned workhorse distillery in Rothes, Speyside (the town is also home to Glen Grant, Caperdonich, Glenrothes and Speyburn). The distillery was founded in 1878 by James Stuart, who sold it shortly after buying Macallan eight years later. The buyers, W & A Gilbey (more famous for their gin), were the first ... Read More »
One of the most exciting of 2010's Special Releases, this 1989 Glen Spey is the first mainstream bottling of note from this distillery, and is comfortably the oldest OB Glen Spey ever released. A vatting of new American oak casks 'that had also held sherry'.
Bottled by Diageo as part of their Managers' Choice series of single cask bottlings from each of their distilleries, this Glen Spey 1996 is creamy and nutty, with hints of coconut betraying its new American oak maturation. Best consumed neat.