Chivas Regal Tasting Notes

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Whisky

Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky 40%

Tasted: Mar 2015

Nose: A dense but unyielding nose. Hints of syrup coated apricot and chunky, tight oak which is what is reining the aromas in. Late hints of herbs, wheat flakes and possibly some rye-like notes.

Palate: Soft and a little homogenous. Slightly coffee’d and malty with again hints of apricots in syrup. Lightly herbal and wheaty, but like the nose the oak blankets and gives everything an over toffee’d sheen.

Finish: Short and abrupt with a grainy, tannic finish.

Conclusion: The oak has the spirit in its vice-like grip!

Chivas Regal 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2011

A rather spirity nose with some light orange, bourbon oak, but mainly dominated by the clean grain. With time the oak does assert itself with some creamy notes. The palate is soft with hints of orange fruit and malt. Initially it teases one with a malty impression but it tails off rather abruptly as the grain kicks in. Reasonable length with a botanical finish.

Chivas Regal 12 Years Old 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

Quite a dense nose with some honey along with hints of tropical apricot and kumquat. Slightly perfumed and showing more maturity than one would expect at this age. Very heavy on the malt content with late notes of peat, burnt wood and finally some creamy grain. Excellent.

The grain is more noticeable on the palate and definitely in control. Pleasantly fresh with some subtle honey. Again a bit straightforward. Lovely length with the grain taking on a creamy nuance along with a touch of spice. A lovely blend, very harmonious, although the palate does lag behind the nose.

Chivas Regal 18 year old 40%

Tasted: Oct 2011

The sales blurb goes something like this “Premium aged mix of some ofScotland’s finest whiskies with an above-average proportion of malt and an extended ageing period producing a truly fine blend.” – Well I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with that!

The nose opens with some slightly muted sherry. Quite oily with a sub-industrial-dufftown character (could that be some rough old Tormore and Glenallachie?). Ok there is some sweetness and a slight floral note which tries to off set that character but it’s really hard going.

The palate is mellow and straightforward. Again it’s quite hard and industrial, slightly sweet, slightly sherried, and pretty innocuous with not much discernible character, well apart from that dufftown-esque disposition. The grain is well hidden and gives a pleasant bite to the finish. Personally I would stick with the Ballantines 17 year old!

Chivas Regal 18 Years Old Gold Signature 40%

Tasted: Jan 2012

A lush nose of subtle sherry along with hints of coffee and orange fruit. Quite dense but a bit simple. Late hints of burnt wood, toffee and brief smoke attempt to enliven as does some just noticeable, floral grain.

The palate is very much like the nose, full, dense and sherried with coffee/ mocha and some floral, sweet grain. For 40% the alcohol is quite piquant and cleansing. Good length with a pleasantly crisp and clean finish. A well-made blend, just lacks the complexity of the previous three.

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