Glen Spey 21-year-old

Overall rating
88.86/100
votes
209
Whiskybase ID
WB18791
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2010
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
5000281027401
Added on
03 nov 2010 11:15 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 342.43

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Whisky reviews for Glen Spey 21-year-old

31 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.86 points.

  1. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Old wood, browned sugar, brown candies, honey camphor. Later also marzipan, over brewed oak. (88-89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is herbal and with sweet old wood. On the mid palate more swiss herbs and honey camphor, browned sugar and sweet old wood. Medium rich mouthfeel with a slight oiliness. (88-89p)
    FINISH: Lightly burned sugar, swiss herbs and honey camphor, a bit of over brewed tea and tannins. (87p)
    OVERALL: Nice. Total score 88 points.

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Really top, with an unparalleled balance. Pure pleasure. Very dangerous.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ultra-balanced nose, with candied fruit, red and black, cinnamon. Light hot bread.
      A little rancio, macadamia nuts, and almost tonka.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth it is quite round, well balanced.
      We smell the sherry, and the American oak.
      Nothing sticks out, but everything is top notch.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finale on coconut, caramel, sherry, red fruit jam. Integrated wood.
      A little coarser than the nose or mouth.

  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. malthead scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      The dry character of the virgin oak which reminds of some bourbons and ryes, mellowed by the sweetness of the sherry casks. A vanilla éclair pastry behind it. With water the sour fruitiness of blood orange.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sour raspberry candy, pear, vanilla, oaky spice and again that bit of pastry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pear, cherry, raspberry and vanilla.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Not a very rich or robust nose initially. Quite closed, in fact. Malty.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Surprisingly good. Warming. Oily and sweet. Not overtly fruity, but there is some pink grapefruits. Bitter black tea with a touch of honey. A bit of smoke for sure. Oaky. BETTER WITH WATER -- more balanced... becomes creamy, less bitter, less peppery.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Grapefruit. Some lingering spices. Ginger. White pepper.

  8. huseeraaja scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Cobo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Mint, spicy sweet pancakes with maple syrup, orange liqueur, flambéed bananas, caramelized sugar, Lyles Golden Syrup, vanilla
    • Taste
      80 80
      spicy, somewhat oak-heavy, burnt cake, nutmeg, delicately smoky, but a bit too bitter
    • Finish
      83 83
      the bitterness subsides, yet somewhat astringent, tart sherry notes and candied oranges

  10. Theo-Jan scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Sublime whisky. Was the very first on my list of wishes. Really a topper.
    Encountered this at a tasting and was immediately in love.
    Nice sherry tones and a rich taste.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, caramel vanilla.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full of sherry. Spicy. Orange.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long tasteful finish.

  11. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Aged in American oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet, honey, vanilla, crème brûlée, baked fruit (apples, pineapples, bananas, apricots), cinnamon, almonds, figs, plums
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, fresh, honey, vanilla, ripe fruits (pears, apples, strawberries, oranges, bananas), coconut, mint, marzipan, green tea
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, clean, sweet, fruity, mint

  12. 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.

  13. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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

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

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

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  22. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    this is a wonderful dram, the softest stuff you can find and at the same time a flavour and fruit bomb.
    really like it, perhaps a bit too perfect!
    89/100
    • Nose
      my goodness, this is superb! I had sworn there was some sherry influence because of these ultrasoft dried fruits like golden raisins and apricots. orange jam and apples, ripe bananas. vanilla. some honey.
      very soft oak.
    • Taste
      we´re in japan! this tatstes like these oh-so-round japanese blends and I mean this as a compliment, mind you!
      apricots, oranges, a little bubblegum and wine gums. gentle spices, soft honey.
      very creamy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      long, very fruity, very soft

  23. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    various honeys, strawberry jam ,some pepper, some leathery notes, oranges

  24. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great dram! Slight caramel, cappucino and tickling fresh fruit...milkchocolate in the end..thanks Bass!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. CST1986 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Letting it breathe in the bottle for a few weeks or even months makes it rounder and better. In the nose it's getting a bit more floral with rose water and white peaches, on the palate it's more coherent and complex, with the grassiness having transformed to something pleasantly perfumy.

    I really wanted to like this Glen Spey, but I'm afraid the massive Bourbon influence just isn't really my cup of tea - plus, I think the malt behaves like a diva in the glass ;) -- It's good whisky of course but I guess you have to like Bourbon (which I don't or only in very rare cases). I had this at 85/100 - after a few months in the open bottle it goes up to 87. Give it time, avoid water (one drop is the maximum) and let it breathe.
    • Nose
      Without water: a bit closed at first - vanilla, raisins, cinnamon and not much else. Behind that bourbonny curtain oak wood, cocktail cherries and mixed nuts begin to appear. This whisky needs at least 30 minutes in the glass. Then you're rewarded with honey, floral notes, cherries, some leather and dill.
      With water: wild berry compote with vanilla and cinnamon, some aniseed. Becomes grassier over time. With more water oak, liquorice and lemon.
    • Taste
      Without water: powerful and nervous, very nice presence. Berry-like notes, fruity and nutty. Very, very bourbon-like: Oak, coconut, vanilla and dark fruits give the beat on the palate the whole way until the warming finish.
      With water: Closes up unfortunately. The palate becomes quite harsh, with oak and dry leather. The sweetness has vanished. With more water liquorice and coconut - and too drying.
    • Finish
      Good length, with more vanilla and sweet oak.

  26. whiskyreini scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/glen-spey-21-2010-limited-edition/

    This is a rare distillery bottling of Glen Spey, and is well worth searching out. The nose has notes of brown sugar, caramel, brandy, and honey. The taste is very smooth with well-balanced notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a slight hint of lemon peel. The finish is long and spicy with a lingering note of cinnamon that fades to reveal hints of licorice. A very smooth and well-balanced dram.

  28. MB28 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Sonett scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Hearbs, Grain, Grass and barley
    • Taste
      an Oaky woody bourbonlike taste followed by mild spices and a slightly bitter taste
    • Finish
      Medium long mainly with fading spices and bitter almonds

  30. AlecM scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: icing sugar, baked or stewed apples and pastry.

    Taste: smooth with honey and warm spices (cinnamon and clove).

    Finish: butterscotch and lemon curd and pastry.

  31. spatti scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      extremely herbal, lovage, dill
    • Taste
      strong bourbon, herbal. very ... different. alcohol is harmonic
    • Finish
      bourbon again, grain

  32. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfull dram, one of the best in the last time
    • Nose
      Wow, sweet fruity notes, some barley (grassy) and a sweet wood in the background
    • Taste
      With it's 50v% really nice to drink, sweet marzipan, dried fruits a little wood and some spicy herbs in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish with sweet and even fruity (dried fruits) notes, vanilla and wood.

  33. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One of the most exciting of 2010`s Special Releases, this 1989 Glen Spey is the first mainstream bottling of note from this distillery, and is comfortably the oldest OB Glen Spey ever released. A vatting of new American oak casks `that had also held sherry`.
    TWE

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