Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Blended whisky
Score:
87/100
2, medal, silver icon

ABV:
40%
Region:
Scotland
Body:
Medium
Intensity:
Mild
Texture:
Thin-medium
Balance:
Excellent
Best served:

Neat, mixed
Theme(s):
Soft, subtle, sweet, candy shop, fruity, uncomplicated
Thoughts:
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old really surprised me in the blind tastings. When compared to other mass produced whiskies in its price range it probably leads the pack in the Australian market coming a close second to the peaty Johnnie Walker Black Label (I have not seen the delicious Cutty Sark 12 Year Old or Storm for sale on our shores, but that said the Chivas Regal 12 Year Old is a different whisky) – it has no noticeable immaturity about it and, unlike many “entry level” whiskies, it is not tainted with that noticeable young/cheap whisky stench. It smells and tastes like good whisky. It is smooth, soft and enjoyable. It by not very complex on the palate, lacks depth and its finish dies off very quickly, but it offers enjoyable flavours and a softness that should keep most people happy. 

Blind tasting notes:
Nose: Vanilla, fresh, mild grassy notes, popcorn, salted caramel, grain, chocolate fudge, yellow peaches, mild anise seed etc. 

Taste: Sweet, vanilla, musk sticks, sweet, slight nail varnish, candy shop. 

Finish: Quick to die, but what remains lingers. 

Not really much to say about this whisky, except that it is enjoyable and there are no significant off notes. It is not very complex, lacks some depth and the finish is disappointing. 

Likes:
Smooth, soft, enjoyable 
Dislikes:
Not complex, weak finish 
Price:
$44 (Aus)

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