Chivas Regal

12 Years Old

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 9, Issue 17
Brand: Chivas Regal
Expression: 12 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Taster   Paul Pacult
Nose: Absolutely beguiling perfumed bouquet that features multi-layered and mature scents of apricot, pear, sweet cereal, and honey. Enchanting.
Palate: The palate entry speaks of Strathisla smoke. The mid-palate offers complex tastes of oaky vanilla, cocoa and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied.
Finish: It glides down the throat in embers-warm, silky and mildly peaty tastes.
Comment: The blend for grown-ups, for people who have made their rites of passage and are ready to enjoy their success. Sweet, but not cloying. Buxom, but not overblown. Balanced.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Peach or orange blossom. Lemon. Hazelnuts.
Palate: Pancakes with cream. Orangey. Buttercups. Herbal.
Finish: Tingly dryness.
Comment: Delicately balanced. Clean. Drinkable. There is an element of luxury, but never quite the frisson of luxury that the marketing implies.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Distinct marshmallow. Peach blossom. Faint cocoa.
Palate: Light. Hazelnuts. Cream. Buttercups. Violets. Lavender. Herbal.
Finish: A little snappy and aggressive.
Comment: The flavours tail off, as though the whisky is going to sleep. Smooth and easy, but lacks liveliness. Springtime never quite blossoms into summer.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: A little soapy without water, but with attractive perfumed floral notes and a hint of tangerine. Water pulls out some butter toffee, cream and orange/mint.
Palate: A lovely soft, grassy start which then opens into a lovely interplay between the soft toffee centre and the high citric notes. Good weight.
Finish: Pretty short which lets it down a little.
Comment: A good mouthful. OK, its not hugely demanding but a great introduction.
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