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Glen Spey 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.36/100
votes
24
Whiskybase ID
WB183974
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1104DQ001
Barcode
5000281016108
Added on
20 may 2021 10:43 pm by maltnmore
Colored

Average value

€ 51.49

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Spey 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.36 points

  1. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    malty, toasted, earthy, grassy, vanilla, again quite sweet
    mouth:
    resemblance more and more important on this range F&F, here more bitter almond, yellow and orange fruits cooked with the juice which freezes, the dry oak, bitterness, herbs on anise, the dust of stamens, sweet spices
    final:
    on malt, yeast, very sweet barley sugar, the bitterness melts with the sweet side but the astringency remains, the pastry vanilla quite long here and the spices allow it to hold a little in length.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Out of curiosity I do a sampling of all new Diageo "Flora & Fauna" series releases. Older bottlings have been of a chequered quality with some highlights (e.g., Mortlach, Dailuaine, Benrinnes or Rosebank) and some sub-standard stuff...

    ...and this new edition belongs to the latter like all other I tasted so far. A simple and too wood-driven dram without any impressions of interest, according to my taste buds. Did they use a significant share of virgin oak casks in this batch? At least this is better than the exhausted casks of the Auchroisk and Teaninich (but not a lot).
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a barley sugary sweet and mashy profile with some hints of fruits and spices. The wood is quite dominant which drives this nose out of balance after some oxidation. The nose started nicely but it lost both steam and quality over breathing, too bad.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is about the same - barley sugary sweet with heavy wood impact (bitter tannins) and some nice spices. The fruits join in rather late and stay in the background. This is not a profile I really like, maybe modern drinkers see this differently. According to my taste buds this is too bitter (tannin-driven) and too simple.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The initial mouthfeel is peppery and without noticeable coating effects but some drying-astringent moments from heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but the bitter tannins grow even stronger towards the end. As expected water does not improve anything.

  3. molpet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Above average 12y bourbon matured whisky. I liked the grassy aspect of it, maltyness, nuttyness (think almonds), and slightly bitter notes, which were nicely complementing the very pleasant (but somehow generic) sweetness. Quite enjoyable!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. FeydRautha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. KB201 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The Glen Spey is part of the Flora & Fauna series, under which the owner Diageo fills selected barrels less distilleries, each individually as a single malt. The Flora & Fauna series is a real asset to the whisky scene and is viewed by collectors as an original bottling if there are no other original bottlings.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, pastries, white chocolate, light and fruity, peaches, apricots, light grapes, with some oak spice, herbs and caramel.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, directly with oak notes, pastries, vanilla and grapes, apricots and fine spice.
    • Finish
      Medium length and some oak, dry, light fruits, dried apricots.

  6. Svjatogor scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    n: vanilla, herbal, wood, fruit, light
    t: wood, sweet, spicy, dry
    a: oak, grapefruit, bitter

  7. dominikbraun scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Sporx scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Aroma fruity, somewhat musty, candied apple

    Taste fruity, sweet, some wood spice

    Medium long finish, spicy

  10. butt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Hagerboe scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not had much Glen Spey, this bottle was opened at the Highlander Inn Crigellachie tonight and I thought it was pretty good, certainly not bad for the money.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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