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Glen Spey 12 Year Old

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Glen Spey 12 Year Old

Product details

  • Brand: Glen Spey
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Series: Flora & Fauna
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 12 year old

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Glen Spey 12 Year Old

This is a gentle dram slightly north of average. Ideal to kick off an evening with or introduce a first-timer.

The bourbon cask is obvious (I suspect may even be a second fill) with vanilla, butterscotch and a touch of oak. The sweets come through second with apricots, some citrus and, what I strongly suspect, the faintest of chocolate covered waffles.

The texture is lovely velvet which starts off with some white pepper, honey and lemon. But then that's it really.

The medium finish is a touch spicy with oak overtones. This malt is pleasant enough but too one-dimensional to really impress me.


To celebrate the Speyside festival we have a new tasting: hidden gems of speyside. Third up is the Glen Spey 12 year old. Glen Spey is closely linked to Diageo’s J&B (Justerini & Brooks) blend range. You don’t see J&B much in the UK, it is mainly for export, and is very big in Koria. Glen Spey has a relatively small capacity (1.4 million litres) and this 12 year old Flora and Fauna release is the only official bottling. This is a straight up honest Speysider. Barley on the nose, simple and tasty to drink. Coats the mouth with a slight, pleasant, burn. An honest, malty dram.

Nose: A sherried mocha maltiness. Hot cross buns. Raspberry vinegar. Slightly smoky with a hint of cough sweet and more than a hint of bitter lemon.

Taste: Soft, sweet, malty and rounded with fresh coconut and vanilla and a dry spiciness. As with the nose, a burst of citrus at the end as spiciness gradually becomes drier and drier...

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