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The History Of Glen Spey

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Glen Spey timeline.

1878

1878

Corn merchant James Stuart builds a grain mill – the Mill of Rothes – later extending it to house distilling equipment. At certain times the building serves a dual purpose.

1887

1887

Stuart buys the Macallan distillery and the mill, now fully transformed into a distillery – with a 10,000 square foot modern maturation warehouse – is sold to the gin makers W. & A. Gilbey.

1892

1892

An exceptionally heavy fall of snow causes the distillery’s roof to fall in.

1920

1920

Fire, a common problem for distilleries, wreaks havoc at Glen Spey leaving only the still house and warehouses standing. In the long term, the first proves to be good for business: the distillery is built on a completely new plan, establishing an ultra-efficient arrangement of buildings, machinery and apparatus which creates one simple and coherent system.

1969

1969

The distillery is reconstructed again in order to double the annual production capacity.