Soft, sweet & malty…
Glen Spey 12yo Flora & Fauna
The UDV/Diageo Flora & Fauna range, another creation from that wunderkind, Mr Mike Collings. This series was to be a showcase of the “other distilleries” that UDV, now Diageo, that were not included in the Classic Six.
And once again, it came out of the early 1990’s, an era where single malts were still out of fashion.
And if you had any doubts that a whisky distillery could be hidden in plain sight, then try and find some Glen Spey. So well done UDV in releasing their first official bottling of this malt in 2001. The style has been described as “nutty and slightly oily” but tropical fruits and a hint of smoke appears in this very dram.
According to Connosr, “Soft, sweet, malty and rounded with fresh coconut and vanilla and a dry spiciness. As with the nose, a burst of citrus at the end as spiciness gradually becomes drier and drier”.
Official nores read, “A smooth, pleasant and lighter style single malt Speyside with tropical and fruity notes of ripe peaches pineapple and hints of lemon. Fresh, green nose with wisps of smoke, then light, smooth sweetness…”.