About Glen Spey 21 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Situated just below Castle Rothes (the ancient seat of the Earl of Rothes) in the Speyside region of Scotland, the Mill of Rothes Distillery was founded by James Stuart in 1878. Stuart, who was a corn merchant at the time, began using the property as a grain mill before eventually converting it into a distillery shortly thereafter. In 1887, he sold the distillery for £11,000 to W. A. Gilbey, who renamed the distillery Glen Spey. Since then, Glen Spey Distillery has been producing single malt whisky best known for its starring roles in renowned blended Scotches, including J&B and Johnnie Walker.
Glen Spey Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from Scottish barley, which is milled and mashed before being fermented in one of the distillery's eight washbacks with water drawn from the Doonie Burn. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled twice through Glen Spey's lantern-shaped, copper-pot stills. The stills' unique shape and constricted neck causes reflux — a process which increases the efficiency of the stills and allows only the purest alcohol vapors to pass through. In addition, the distillery's spirit still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as a small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process — together with Glen Spey's unique after-coolers — results in a whisky with a signature fresh and elegant flavor profile.
Glen Spey 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled in 1988 and matured for a minimum of 21 years in American oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon and sherry. In 2010, the limited edition whisky was bottled at cask strength without the use of chill-filtration. As a result, the whisky has an aroma of dried fruits, particularly peaches, oranges and apricots. In addition, the whisky has an elegant flavor profile, with notes of apples, raisins, mint and caramel that are complemented by undertones of vanilla and baking spices. The finish is soft and pleasing, with touches of sweet butterscotch mingled with hints of cinnamon and cloves.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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