Glen Spey Distillery Focus


The small Speyside village of Rothes boasts three large distilleries; Glen Grant, Glenrothes, and Speyburn, plus the world-famous Forsythe Coppersmiths. There is also, however, a very small distillery that very few people have heard of. This is Glen Spey Distillery. Owned by Diageo and opened back in 1878, Glen Spey was another distillery that opened thanks to the arrival of the railway and the late Victorian whisky boom.  

The style of the whisky is very light, nutty and oily, and still to this day nearly all the liquid goes into Diageo’s J&B blend. Current production sits at around 1.5 million litres,  but finding a Single Malt bottling is very difficult. Diageo has only ever released two limited edition bottlings in the entirety of Glen Spey Distillery’s history, but there has been over 300 Independent Bottlings, so there is clearly demand in this sector of the market. 

The appeal for any Glen Spey cask is its rarity. There will certainly be various Independent Bottlers from our client list who look to bottle casks from less well-known distilleries so this will clearly be your exit strategy. Glen Spey casks are currently good value and should make a valuable addition to any portfolio. 

 Fact File

Name: Glen Spey 

Founded: 1878 

Region: Speyside 

Owner: Diageo 

Capacity: 1.5m litres 

Stills: 4 

Fermentation: two at 46 & 100 hours 

Peated/Unpeated: Unpeated 

Casks Used: Bourbon barrels and hogsheads. Limited amount of sherry. 

Current Sales: N/A 

Recent significant awards: None entered 

Independent bottlings: Around 300. 

Core Range: None 

To find out more about investing in Glen Spey casks, contact The Masters today!