Blended Scotch Whisky Review
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Blended Scotch Whisky
From the Distillery Website
Chivas Regal 12 is smooth, rich and generous. It’s a blend of the finest malt and grain whiskies matured for at least 12 years, that deliver luxurious honey, vanilla and ripe apple notes. Because blended is better, in life and in Scotch.
An aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits.
Round and creamy with a full, rich taste of honey and ripe pears, with vanilla, hazelnut and butterscotch notes.
Rich and lingering.
Chivas Regal is based out of the Strathisla Distillery in the town of Keith in the Highland Region of Scotland, operated by Chivas Brothers and owned by Pernod Richard, Chivas Brothers operate many popular whisky brands that find there was into this the 12 Year Old Blended Scotch. The Strathisla Single Malt makes up the core of the blend which is believed to also include malts from Longmorn, Glenlivet, Allt-A-Bhainne, Miltonduff, Braeval and grain whiskies from Strathclyde.
It is bottled at 40% ABV and as expected for a large volume popular blend is both chill filtered and colour adjusted. It is widely available from supermarkets and whisky specialists alike coming in bottle sizes from 50ml up to the impressive 4.5 litre Rehoboam. Its average price online is £24.60, however can often be found in supermarkets for around £20. It achieves a value score of 84.95 out of 100.
There is very little else about this whisky published by Chivas, this will certainly be a majority ex-bourbon matured blend, however some other cask types may be included.
On the nose, the first impression is how floral and aromatic this dram is, it really is a very pleasant nose. There are not hints of grain. It has a honey fruit and floral note, there are no signs of any smoke or peat, however, it is believed some peated malt features in the blend. The notes coming from this blend are really fantastic and you could find yourself exploring the fruits and floral notes for quite sometime.
On the palate, we didn't expect the palate to be as complex as it was, it starts oily coating all the mouth, but then quickly becomes watery before returning to being oily. In all that textural change, you are getting pepper and spice, mainly white pepper and cinnamon, then apple and pear, but the fruit doesnt stop there, it becomes 'tropicalish', the finish is oaky and peppery, if not a little too watery at the end. We didn't detect any smoke or peat at all on the palate.
This dram is really easy sipping, its not mind blowing, however, when factoring in the fact its 12 year old and can be found at less than £20, then this is a spectacular dram. If this was available at a higher strength then this would be a strong contended to challange other popular blends such as compass box.
We would certainly buy a bottle and our thoughts we why hadn't we bought a bottle. It serves as a reminder that not all 'Budget' priced whiskies are budget in flavour, this one certainly isn't and we consider it better than the Johnnie Walker 12 Year Old.
For an overall score we give it 87 out of 100. Next trip to the shops this is going in the basket.