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Glen Spey 1978-1990 - 11 Year Old - SMWS 80.1

LOT ID: 1023-1207

End Date : Jan 03 2024 08:10 PM

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Glen Spey 1978-1990. 11 Year Old. Bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Society cask number 80.1. 75cl. 56.8%. 99.4 Proof. No box.

The first ever bottling of Glen Spey from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, this Glen Spey 1978 was bottled as an 11-year-old in 1990 with the SMWS code 80.1, signifying it to be the first release from the 80th distillery bottled by the Society. We don’t know the cask type, but this highly collectable Speysider weighs in at a robust 56.8%.




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Distillery:  Glen Spey

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Region: Speyside

Distilled Year: 1978

Bottling Year: 1990

Age: 11

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 80.1

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 56.8% / 99.4 Proof

One of Diageo’s smallest and most obscure distilleries, Glen Spey was built in Rothes in 1878. The distillery was soon acquired by W & A Gilbey (more famous for their gin), who merged into International Distillers and Vintners in 1962. IDV subsequently became part of Grand Metropolitan, which merged with Guinness to become Diageo in 1997.

Glen Spey has been supplying the J&B blend since the days of IDV, and official bottlings are extremely scarce. An official 8-year-old was bottled in the 1980s during the GrandMet era, but this was the first and only OB until the Flora & Fauna 12-year-old appeared from Diageo in 2001, since which there have been only a couple of single cask bottlings and one Special Release in 2010. Independent bottlings of Glen Spey are easy to find, with highly rated 1970s vintages by First Cask, Jack Weiber and Dewar Rattray among others.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) began in late 1970s Edinburgh when founder Pip Hills persuaded a group of friends to chip in for a cask of Glenfarclas, and was officially formalised in 1983. Today the SMWS has two venues in Edinburgh, a London bar and a string of international partnerships serving its 35,000 members. 

The Society’s whiskies are known for their unique SMWS coding system. Each cask bottled is assigned two numbers, representing the distillery and the bottling number, so 1.45 is the forty-fifth cask bottled from the first distillery and 33.27 is the 27th cask from the 33rd distillery.

Glenmorangie bought the Society in 2004, but sold it in 2015 to a private consortium who floated the SMWS on the stock market in 2021 via their holding company Artisanal Spirits Co.


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Last Bids £320.00 3rd January 2024 19:58