Located close to Drumguish, just a short trip from Kingussie, this relatively small distillery which opened in 1990 produces about 600,000 litres of spirt every year, taking it’s water from the nearby river Tromie.
It is always fantastic to be invited to have a look around a distillery, even more so when it is not officially open to the public…
The distillery itself is contained within one building with the grain mill room (smallest in Scotland apparently) in a small outbuilding nearby. It is designed to make maximum use of the space and is very production line looking. It only requires one man per shift to operate the whole plant via a series of 70 valves, levers and dials.
No computers in sight here.
The surrounding countryside is spectacular and the grounds of the distillery and offices are no exception. The old buildings are in well kept grounds with the River Tromie running right through the middle.
In a previous life there used to be an old mill on the site. The channel which once powered the mills wheel still diverts water to the distillery to this day.
Sandy (the welcoming and knowledgable distillery manager, and our tour guide for the day) then led the way to a very comfortable tasting room and introduced me to the full range of Spey Whiskies.
I’m ashamed to say that until this point Spey is a brand that has completely passed me by, I had never tried any of their range before so was very much looking forward to it.
They have 5 core expressions:
Spey Tenné (a NAS port finish)
Spey 18 (matured in sherry casks)
Spey Chairmans Choice
Spey Royal Choice
The packaging and presentation in particular is of a vey high standard and worthy of note. The bottles are distinctive and remind me of a more continental style of bottle – think perhaps Cognac or Schnapps bottles.
The presentation boxes are quite something with wood and leather inlays. Some also double as cigar humidors (a use for empty whisky boxes at last)
Overall I’m quite impressed with the range. They might not have the name or reputation of some of their illustrious Speyside neighbours but there is something likeable about each one
You can find more of my tasting notes in the Amateur Drammers Archives.
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