Single malt whisky - tasting notes

10 Dec 2009

Glen Spey 1977 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glen Spey

Glen Spey is the least common of the five distilleries in Rothes. It’s part of the Diageo portfolio and most of the production goes to the J&B blend. Apart from a mediocre 12 year old Fauna & Flora bottling and a recent 30yo by Single Malts of Scotland, Glen Spey releases are extremely rare. The sister cask #3655 was bottled by Adelphi three years ago.


Glen Spey 1977 (Malts of Scotland) Glen Spey 31 yo 1977 (55,8%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #3656, 210 btl.)

Nose: sweet profile with fragant aromas of flowers, peach marmalade and yellow raisins. Smooth vanilla, almonds. Fruit gums. Blueberries? Good balance with a warm oak smell (slightly reminiscent of New Oak bottlings with lots of resin and spices). Hints of freshly cut grass and wax. Some mint. Very nice! Mouth: firm, grassy and minty attack with other spices taking over after a while (ginger, cloves, a little white pepper). Quite herbal. The sweet honeyed oak is again on the foreground. Not too overpowering for me but I suppose some people may have difficulties with it. Rather candied. Some aniseed. Unusually drying finish on apples and spices. Long and woody.

It may not be a huge achievement but this is one of the best Glen Spey bottlings ever. A wonderful nose but beware if you don’t like heavy oak on the palate. Well priced: € 125.

Score: 90/100

Re-taste 02/05/2012: -1

Glen Spey 1977 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-12-10
  • Johan

    Good, isn’t it? I tasted this Glen Spey at Spirits in the Sky. I think it was my first Glen Spey ever. Not bad as an initiation to this distillery… I’ll have a proper tasting this weekend.

  • Dirk

    I totally agree with you Ruben, a great dram. An unexpected surprise from this less-known distillery.



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