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Glen Spey 21-year-old

Overall rating
89.01/100
votes
162
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks, New and Ex-Sherry
Number of bottles
5844
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L0 147 CM000
Barcode
500028127401
Added on
03 Nov 2010 11:15 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 358,86

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162 × member ratings

261 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Spey 21-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.01 points

  1. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SV Whiskyfun.com:Glen Spey 21 yo 1989/2010 (50.4%, OB, 5844 bottles) Five stars I only tried about twenty Glen Speys until today, my favourite having been Malts of Scotland’s recent 1977 – WF87, and this new official version is most welcome. Great old style label (after some Italians started to do that ten years ago, don’t we detect a new global trend?) Colour: full gold. Nose: ah yes! Superb combination of sweet dried fruits with the softest spices and only hints of precious wood (thuja). Orange jam, figs, dried pears, cooked strawberries, very ripe mirabelle plums and apricots, almond oil, fresh putty, speculoos… Really beautiful. With water: more oak, pencil shavings, sawdust… Before the fruits are back. Whiffs of raw barley. Mouth (neat): rounded, with a little more vanilla from the wood than in the nose but other than that it’s all on soft fruits and honey, overripe apples, a little cough mixture, marzipan… Quite perfect! With water: hints of bananas, very ripe kiwis and mint-flavoured green tea. Finish: not the longest but it’s very clean and pleasantly mentholated. Comments: a very easy, very sexy and eminently drinkable fruity Glen Spey. My new benchmark as far as that little-known distillery’s concerned. SGP:651 - 90 points.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    In the nose you notice the fresh oak barrel. Also the taste has clear wood flavors, almost a bit mixed like Bourbon & Malt. But very fine and spicy. In the mouth then the rather bitter character of Glen Spey. Long finish. Fits pretty well together.

  3. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very rich and expressive nose, butterscotch, orange, caramel cake.
    The palate is full fat, very juicy, creamy, chocolate orange, Jaffa, cake and other types of sponge cake.
    And there is a healthy dollop of spices.
    The finish is not that long but there is a resurgent spicy kick in the tail

    This is a really nice malt, not just sherry driven, the spice makes this much more interesting than a generic sherried whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      honey, vanilla, a hint of rubber, almonds, red fruit, apricot
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy, honey, vanilla, toffee, spicy, oaky, a lot of red fruit
    • Finish
      89 89
      beautiful finish: spicy, fruity. A discovery of scents and flavours!

  6. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Unique whisky with amazing balances, but it's advantage is the "mistake" too: too complex.
    • Nose
      Complex. Sherry, apple, banana, raisin, honey, vanilla, spicy oak, grass, herbals and grain.
    • Taste
      Powerful, creamy. Great oak with piquant spices. A big exotic fruit basket. Honey and coconut. I agree with spigray, it's very similar to HQ japanese blends.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, fruity, spicy.

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Wow, this is quite a strange one. A bit of a rollercoaster of tastes, what i wrote down: bit of a dirty edge, melange of nuts, green grapes, rubber bands and oranges... 

    Might try to get a sample or second taste of this one for re-evaluation.

    not sure whether i like it, or dislike it... but it is a whisky with a personality
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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