Chivas Regal, a very famous Scotch brand can trace its roots back to 1801. Strathisla, built in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, is the distillery in the highlands of Scotland, which was bought by Chivas Brothers in 1950. Strathisla is also known for nice Speyside single malt whiskies. They provide the malt for Chivas Regal whiskies, including the 12 year old blended whisky, which is a blend of malt and grain.
I’m not gonna go on about this one. Not many blended whiskies (except Japanese) get over 70 points from me. Even though blended whisky is the way I started my whisky hobby, they don’t usually stand a chance compared to pure malt.
And in my opinion, Chivas Regal 12YO isn’t near the top blended whiskies. That’s why it’s bit of a Scary Movie for me – another piece of art, that doesn’t get much of my appreciation. I know, I’m being harsh nowadays, when it comes to blended whisky. I just like to set the bar high for standard. I do still like ’em,
“bad whiskey is better than wine!”
like Peer Günt (Finnish rock band) stated.
Nose: Stingy with herbs and honey. Hints of spices and toffee.
Taste: Fruity with honey in a watery grain whisky type of palate. Hints of malt is present and the taste is still the best part. A prove for blended whiskys potential.
Finish: Fast and sharp finish of spices. A watery cinnamon blast.
Balance: Regular type of malt and grain blend. For fast consumption and cocktails.
Nose: 16 | Taste: 18 | Finish: 15 | Balance: 16
Overall score: 65
Producer: Chivas Brothers
Owner: Pernod Ricard