Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12-year-old review and tasting notes
The 12-year-old Chivas Regal is a blended whisky born from the assembly of Scotch and wheat whisky, an industrial product that despite everything have its dignity, but above all, it is a distillate that over the years has managed to create a well-defined aromatic profile.
The formula invented by the Chivas distillery is a soft, creamy recipe, but it is not even among the worst and as an entry-level blended whisky it is not too bad. Of course, you don’t have to look for the purity of the single malt of the Highlands, it is not a rocky and contemptuous Highlander, every centiliter of this amber liquid has been carefully studied and mixed to find the formula of pleasure at all costs. It was created to please most palates who want a velvety whisky, slightly spiced and with nice round fruit.
How is Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12 is?
It is a blended that comes from Scotch from Speyside, where the distillery is based and grain whisky. In total, the distillate is aged in wood for 12 years. There is no peat or smoke and even the wood was used to mature the distillate, but there are no overly woody scents.
The bouquet of Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12
It opens with warm and enveloping aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, mangoes and cooked apples. Sweet spices are the frame, light floral traces to give a touch of elegance and then a herbaceous finish with cocoa, wood, caramel and vanilla. It’s not very expressive, but it’s clean and precisely designed.
The flavor of Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12
On the palate it is less evocative than the nose, it moves velvety, ripe, just oxidized in the flavor of almonds, but it is not that it has a great aromatic boost. He is balanced, he does his job without overdoing it. Not very long finish, but clean with wood and spices that come back. Beware it is smoked, but not peaty.
What cocktails to make with Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12
How to serve it
Like all whiskeis it should be served as an after-dinner drink, straight, without ice, otherwise the ice will numb your palate and you will feel only the alcoholic heat and no flavor.
Price of Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky 12
22-25 euros. Acceptable price. Do not try to make the comparison with the Johnny Walker red label, they are not in the least comparable either by type or by price.