The Single Cask Whisky Review #63: Glen Spey 1999 12 Years Old

April 30, 2017

The Single Cask Whisky Review #63: Glen Spey 1999 12 Years Old

This week's review brings us back to a distillery that we've reviewed before: Glen Spey!

While Glen Spey is a rather important contributor to blends such as Johnnie Walker and J&B, the distillery itself is rather small and produces approximately 1.4 million litres of spirit on an annual basis.

This week's review focuses on an expression of Glen Spey which was distilled in 1999, matured for 12 years before being bottled at a cask strength abv of 59.8% by independent bottler Blackadder International.

So, let's dive right into the review!

Glen Spey 1999 12 Years Old (Bottled by Blackadder International, 59.8% abv)

Colour: Amber

Nose: Initial entry presents a very spirited yet elegant nose, redolent with acetone, hints of white grapes, cinnamon and cloves as well as a touch of herbal hints. There's something about this expression which is akin to either a white rum or certain anejo tequilas and there's a hint of custard in the mix.

Palate: The palate is rather robust due to the high alcohol strength, but the addition of water does help to quell the heat somewhat. With time, hints of cherries soaked in kirsch and Turkish delight emerge to provide a rather sweet and savoury experience.

Finish: Long and lingering on the finish, with some spirity hints as well as vestigial traces of the herbs detected on the nose as well as of the cherries soaked in kirsch on the palate.

Balance: A rather well balanced whisky for one that is young and also very robust. This is something that will delight and intrigue patrons due to its rather unusual combination of young age, high alcohol strength and good balance.

This expression of Glen Spey can be purchased by the bottle or the dram for in-bar consumption as well as by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly staff for more information and they will be more than happy to assist you.

Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask 

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