1997 Glen Spey 18 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1286858


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Tasting Notes

Glen Spey is one the Speyside's unknown gems, a distillery whose sole job is to make single malt for Johnnie Walker and J&B. If you're a fan of the soft, vanilla-laden, easy-drinking whisky of Scotland's epicenter, then this 18 year old single cask edition of Glen Spey is going to warm your heart while simultaneously warming your palate. When allowed to shine on its own, the nose emits a concentrated aroma of sweet grains, citrus, and malted barley. As it moves over the tongue those flavors become richer: dried orange, dark chocolate, and a wave of vanilla on the finish. At 55.9% cask strength, all of those flavors are dialed up a notch, which is why a few drops of water helps temper the storm and bring the whisky into a better harmony. Think of the Glen Spey as a single barrel, cask strength edition of something like Glenmorangie or unsherried Aberlour, but for a price that has to be seen to be believed. Glen Spey is good, old fashioned drinkin' Scotch and for $65 you can afford pour a little more heavily than usual.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a tasty and interesting offering. The nose is expressive with honey , malt and spice aromas. In the mouth it is easy, rich and round , with honey and malt flavors that are complemented with interesting subtle hints of savory notes that help balance out this single malt . Very good and complex.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm so excited the new casks of Old Particular have landed. I've been craving new, carefully selected whiskey that I can drink absolutely guilt free. The Glen Spey hits the spot! Loaded with apple and vanilla on the nose and palate, it also offers a faint nutty almond and floral note. With a little water the fruit really expands on the palate into orange marmalade and tempering back the 55.9% alcohol releases the softer side of the whiskey. Home run for a modest price tag.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Tropical notes dominate the nose on this single-cask Speyside: orange citrus and mango with a little dill spice underlined by a rich butterscotch and caramel layer and subtle notes of preserved apricots and cocoa. Complex and a pure pleasure to sip.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I have to almost ask the question here: can you afford NOT to buy the Glen Spey? When's the last time you saw cask strength, single barrel, Highland single malt whisky for under seventy bucks? Much like we've become the kings of off-vintage Bordeaux value here at K&L, I feel like we're beginning to become the kings of non-branded Scottish distilleries. Glen Spey is another Johnnie Walker distillery that provides the backbone to J&B, but here in this single cask edition it's pure fruit flavor and lithe vanilla core are allowed a solo number. There's nothing out of the ordinary here. It's just classic Scotch flavor for a damn good price. At cask strength, no less.
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    Delightfully spicy, vanilla, and toffee laden nose, continuing through to a palate of soft spices, candied apricot, and grain highlight this 18 year old Glen Spey. This is delicious Speyside whiskey at a ridiculous price!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    A delicate, almost floral nose with loads of honeycomb and spice on the palate. Deft and subtle in style but with genuine presence and weight, drinking this 18 year old Glen Spey is like stopping into your favorite pub and unexpectedly running into one of your oldest and dearest friends. No matter how long it has been since your last meeting there is just an immediate sense of ease and comfort in one another's presence. It is as if no time has passed at all. A delight to drink and a terrific value.


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