Glen Spey 8yo “80.17 – Dazzling and scintillating” by The SMWS (Review)

Glen Spey 8yo "80.17 - Dazzling and scintillating" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Speyside SMWS Single Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

At the end of each year, it becomes time for me to renew my membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Here, I always pay a little extra to get a mystery bottle along with the prolonged club affiliation. I find it really exciting to wait for the package, open it and take out a surprise whisky from The SMWS’s rich single cask stock. This is especially fun because the chance is very high that I will get a bottle that I would otherwise have overlooked or even deliberately skipped. Like this one. I must confess that neither the name nor the description nor the stats would have grabbed my attention under different circumstances. Yet, when I degusted a dram from the mystery bottle I got this year– a Glen Spey 8yo called “Dazzling and scinitillating” – I was pleasantly surprise. This flavorsome Speyside malt has a lot to offer; and it appears quite a bit older than it actually is. Nice!

by Tobi

Eye: Bright sunlight.
Nose: Welcome to the bakery! The sweet nose opens with apple pouches and vanilla crescents. It also has a lot of blossoming clover and a good amount of green and yellow garden fruits. Despite its sweetness and fruitiness, the bouquet feels surprisingly dry and dusty in the nostrils. But occasionally, the fruits produce a juicy splash, too.
Palate: The sweetness remains – and so does the fruitiness. I get fluffy lemon sorbet, sweet peach, sumptious honey cake and thick cookie dough. There is also a touch of caramel, some clotted cream and even a bit of bubblegum. Complexion-wise, the whisky feels pretty heavy and almost chewy in the mouth. In a blind tasting, I would not have taken it for an 8-year-old. I would have guessed this yummy Glen Spey’s age to be double-digit, without a doubt.
Finish: During the half-long and creamy finish, this whisky places a rather unusual association in my mind: “Ed von Schleck” ice cream! For those who don’t know it: It is a cult brand from the 80s that consists of vanilla ice (not the rapper) streaked with orange jelly. This sensation goes along with various floral and honeyed notes – as if someone had dropped their “Ed von Schleck” in a blooming summer meadow.

Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Glen Spey
Region: Scotland (Speyside)
Age: 8 years
Alc. volume: 59 per cent
Cask type: 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead
Code: 80.17
# of bottles: 252
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~50.00 Euro
More info: (Bottler)

*** I bought the bottle myself as a regular customer. ***


  1. Nice! My favorites are the ones that the SMWS describes with words like “leather”, “old shoelaces”, and “tar”. You think to yourself, “gross!” And then they always end up being utterly amazing.

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