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Glen Spey distillery

Coordinates: 57°31′32.2″N 3°12′36.4″W / 57.525611°N 3.210111°W / 57.525611; -3.210111
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57°31′32.2″N 3°12′36.4″W / 57.525611°N 3.210111°W / 57.525611; -3.210111

Glen Spey distillery
Region: Speyside
LocationRothes, Moray
Water sourceDonnie Burn
No. of stills2 wash (12,000 L)[1]
2 spirit (7,500 L)
Capacity1,400,000 litres of alcohol per annum

Glen Spey distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Rothes, Moray at the centre of the Speyside whisky producing area of Scotland.


Glen Spey distillery was built in 1878 by James Stuart & Co. under the name 'Mill of Rothes'. It actually started its life as an oatmeal mill - founder James Stuart was a corn merchant before he ventured into the whisky world. The distillation equipment was simply added to the existing mill in the years before the Glen Spey distillery was sold to the Gilbey company of London in 1887.

In 1962, W&A Gilbey merged with United Wine Traders to form International Distillers and Vintners.[2]

It expanded production capacity from two to four stills in 1970.[3]

In 1998, International Distillers & Vintners with United Distillers was merged to create United Distillers & Vintners, forming the spirits division of Diageo plc..[4]


Glen Spey (along with Glenlossie and Strathmill) continues to use 'purifiers'. Purifiers act as small condensers, returning a proportion of the alcohol vapours back to the pot to be re-distilled. So, this would increase the amount of 'reflux' within the pot stills. This results in a lighter spirit.[5]

During its history, the distillery has released only a handful of official bottlings.[6] Nearly its entire production is used in J&B blends.[7]


  1. ^ Glen Spey distillery
  2. ^ "Glen Spey whisky | Distilando". distilando.com. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  3. ^ MacLean, Charles (2012). Whiskypedia - An Introduction to Scotch Whisky. Birlinn.
  4. ^ Competition Commission Report 1983 Archived 21 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Glen Spey Distillery". www.hackstons.com. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  6. ^ John. "Glen Spey | Whiskipedia". whiskipedia.com. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  7. ^ "Glen Spey Distillery". www.hackstons.com. Retrieved 7 October 2023.

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