Glen Spey Speyside 12 year old Flora and Fauna Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl

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Country Scotland
Spirit Type Scotch Whisky
Brand Glen Spey
Size 70cl
ABV 43%
Serving Suggestion Best enjoyed neat or with a drop of water. The dry finish and subtle, clean character of Glen Spey make it a delightful companion for a smooth, vanilla cheesecake.

Smooth, pleasant lighter style Speyside. Fresh, green nose with wisps of smoke, then light, smooth sweetness balancing to a dry finish.


Mild nose-feel. Closed. Lightly fruity - greengages and white grapes. With water, fresh and estery, but still relatively closed. Green pea-pods. Wisp of smoke - dead fires or charred wood. Very light medicinal note: Elastoplast. Nose reduces considerably with development. Warm wood.

Warming on the palate, medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Light sweetness, some acidity. Dry, medium length finish. Some chocolate and light coconut in the aftertaste.

Country Of Origin: Scotland

Despite being almost at the centre of Scotland’s whisky-producing capital, Glen Spey whisky has remained hidden from all but the most keen-nosed malt hunters for over a century. 


Glen Spey was originally named Millhaugh, because it started out as an extension to the Mill of Rothes. The distillery sits below the ruins of Castle Rothes, once home to the Earls of Rothes who lived there until a devastating fire in 1662. Now just a few sections of wall remain. The buildings started out life as an oatmeal mill and the distillery was founded as the Mill of Rothes in 1878 by James Stuart who was a corn merchant before he was a distiller, and at one point, the building served a dual purpose.


Six years later, James Stuart purchased the Macallan distillery and in 1887 the English company W & A Gilbey acquired the Glen Spey for £11,000.  The distillery then suffered a period of bad luck, when its roof collapsed after a particularly heavy snowfall. But production continued despite the mishaps, and Glen Spey was rebuilt and expanded to four stills in 1969. Through it all, the song of the Goldcrest, Britain’s smallest songbird, has accompanied the changes, drifting from the surrounding pine forests.


Bottlings of Glen Spey whisky are now becoming more widely available, bringing its estery, smoke-tinged lightness to the discerning malt hunter.

Country Of Origin: Scotland

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