SPEY Chairman's Choice

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Aug 2014 4:46 pm by DramTimeNL

Average value

€ 78.53

3 × in wishlist

47 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for SPEY Chairman's Choice

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.73 points

  1. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A clean and well crafted single malt with a gorgeous nose and a
    delicate sweet and fruity palate. Easy to drink, not really complex with
    a relatively one-dimensional finish. A delicate all-day dram, however,
    not at this inflated price. Be very careful with the add of water as the
    whisky is almost masked by a few drops.

    I thank Caminneci - Wine & Spirit Partner for the sample!

    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity on the nose. Ripe peaches, mixed with dried apricots
      and overripe oranges. Subtle malty flavours emerge with breakfast
      cereals, a whiff of vanilla, slightly floral and waxy notes. Very
    • Taste
      The sherry is more prevalent on the palate. Sweet with sticky fruity
      flavours of ripe peaches, apricots and mango. This is immediately
      followed by a warming load of delicate spices - oak, ginger, cinnamon
      and white pepper. A touch of slightly bitter walnut flavours arrives
      with subtle earthy and spicy notes towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and sweet with apricot jam and stewed apples.
      Becomes dry and slightly bitter on the tail with oak and walnuts.

      WITH WATER: Water significantly tames the delicate fruitiness on the
      nose which releases only a whiff of vanilla and malty flavours. The
      fruitiness' almost gone on the palate with a remaining part of slightly
      warm spices and subtle vanilla. The finish is quite short, subtle warm
      with a hint of oak.

  2. Dramlicious scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The SPEY Chairman's Choice comes from a tradition started by John & Robert Harvey, where the chairman of the company would choose the finest casks of whisky on Christmas Day to share with the family.

    Full Review:


  3. JohannesB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A decent whisky, but not able to develop any real complexity. He lacks emphasis on his tongue and finish. Nevertheless, overall tasty and beautifully opened. Priced from my point of view but then a lot overdrawn.
    • Nose
      Light, fruity, floral and sweet. Vanilla, caramel, overripe oranges and malt sweets. Later, a colorful flower meadow and a bit of hay appear. In the distance a little cinnamon can be seen.
    • Taste
      In contrast to the nose here now much darker. Many mixed nuts, including the distinct bitterness of walnut shells. An earthy spice covers the tongue. Overall, a slightly thin mouthfeel remains, this whisky lacks strength. Here comes this neither from the alcohol content, nor from intensive barrels.
    • Finish
      Creamy and soft with vanilla pudding and delicate fruitiness of ripe apples, apricots and oak. Unfortunately, the spice tends to bitterness after a few moments.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The nose left a bit to be
    desired, but the palate was okay. Nevertheless, this Spey is a bit of a
    disappointment. More so if you realize that a bottle will set you back around
    90 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet and floral. Malty
      with a touch of rotting oranges (which can in fact smell quite good, despite the
      description). Vanilla and caramel are loud. Some breakfast cereals and dried
      apricots. Not bad, but not earth shattering either.
    • Taste
      The body is okay. Not too light,
      luckily (I was a bit worried because of the low strength). Now the sherry is
      prevalent with dried fruit in the shape of apricots and peach, but also some
      spices like nutmeg, cloves and even some cinnamon. A handful of nuts appears.
      But the floral edge returns in full galore, which I find a bit off-putting. The
      rotting oranges linger and stick to the palate a bit.
    • Finish
      I get some first hints of oak and
      some cinnamon in the medium long finish.

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    not a bad whisky but not really good either
    • Nose
      Cognac (Bratapfel und Alkoholnote)
      wieder die Spey Würze (scharfer Zimt)
      künstliche Süße von Jahrmarkt Süßigkeiten
      etwas Waldmeister
    • Taste
      sofort seifiger Antritt
      die Seife rutscht nach hinten
      es kommen süße Nüsse, Pilze und Würze
      Eiche am Gaumen mit etwas süßer Seife
      der Mund ist trinkbar und wäre ohne Seife gut
      nach hinten hin etwas Alkohol
    • Finish
      die Seife ist wieder voll da

  6. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a great aroma in the nose
    but in the taste then nothing more comes
    • Nose
      juicy fruit, light red, almost vinous
      floral, malty and honey
      it gets more dusty and herbaceous over time
    • Taste
      creamy-mild mouthfeel
      Fruit, light spices ... but then ... nothing more
      no body, no depth
      a thin little water
    • Finish

  7. Ciro scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. Noface83 scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    Nose: very similar to the 12th grassy (here more spicy - more heather), lemon, a lot of malt and cereals, caramel, wine-fruity and a hint of spicy oak.
    Taste: very fruity and sweet, honey, again a lot of malt but otherwise there is little? Where are the herbs and oak from the nose. Completely boring finish that brings nothing new.
    A joke for the price. Nose was still pretty good, but then there is almost nothing left!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      64 64

  9. rottendon scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Too expensive, 76 points, the 12er I found better. - Notes from an online chat comparison of the entire Spey range.
    • Nose
      Spices, hay, flower meadow, something fruity, I can not define, yes, a bunch of herbs.
    • Taste
      Fruity with honey, something weakens, again this strong industrial alcohol flavor, vodka-like.
    • Finish
      Honey with a light, but bitter oak. Unspectacular, fast away.

  10. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm. Very pleasant, tasty, wonderful beginner whisky, easy drinking, for 35-40 would be the top, but for twice (at only 40%)? Bragging wooden boxes bottling!
    • Nose
      somewhat flowery, vanilla, lukewarm, sweet fruit compote (apple, pear, peach), a hint of cereal / nut / marzipan, very mild
    • Taste
      mild, soft, sweet, tasty, very balanced, not well defined notes: malt, toffee, caramel, some nut / nougat, a hint of oak
    • Finish
      medium long, gentle, round, some toffee - goes down like oil


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