SPEY Chairman’s Choice

Tasty Tastings Episode 96

Before we start today’s session, let me thank Caminneci – Wine & Spirit Partner who were kind enough to send me samples of the SPEY Chairman’s Choice, SPEY Tenné and the SPEY 18 Years Old. I was pleasantly surprised when I had them in the mail and I really intended to review them earlier. What can I say… sometimes I’m a little slow with my reviews.

In case you were wondering already, SPEY is only a brand name and not the name of the actual distillery. The distillery in question is the Speyside distillery. Not a very creative name, or?

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.


Name: SPEY Chairman’s Choice
Age: NAS
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Speyside
Strength: 40.0% Vol.
Colored: Yes
Chill Filtered: Yes


Light, fruity and kinda sourish. Cider vingear and overripe oranges as well as white gooseberries and some pears. Caramel, a bit of vanilla and some grassy notes. Oh, and herbal toothpaste.


Not as thin as expected. Pears, dried fruits, toffee, roasted nuts, white honey and sugar with cinnamon.


Short and creamy. Sweet almonds, mint chocolate and hints of oak.


If you are looking for a simple, anything but challenging single malt that goes down very well and comes in a nice looking, representative packaging, then this one might be the right one for you.

Score: average but worth a try (78 / 100)

Sample provided by Caminneci – Wine & Spirit Partner


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