Monday, March 03, 2008
Chivas Regal 12 yo
Blended Scotch Whisky
In 1836 James Chivas became a partner in an Aberdeen-based grocer and wine merchant and working with his brother John in 1857, Chivas Brothers was born. Chivas Regal was their flagship blend from 1909 and was finding great success on North American shores. In Canada the brand earned much admiration from whisky distillers and in 1949 Seagram's bought the family of blends. The company subsequently acquired old and built new distilleries in the 20th century helping to give Chivas Regal 12 a dominant position in the whisky market.
The blend is said to contain a high malt content of 40%, mainly made up of Speyside malts (Glenlivet, Longmorn, and Strathisla for sure, and maybe Allt-a-Bhainne, Aberlour, Benriach, Braeval, Caperdonich, Glen Grant and Glen Keith). Today, Chivas 12 is the second biggest selling Premium blend after Johnnie Walker Black.
Soft and pleasant nose, vanilla, cut grass, sweet and malty. A touch waxy, with lots of fruit, nuts, and tons of oak character. Great depth and complexity and worth nosing and nosing again. Carob, hazelnuts, salt and a bit of smoke, too.
Floral elements juxtaposed with sweet cocoa bean and a nuttiness that's all wrapped up in a soft woody, earthy smoke. Finish like licking a wooden spoon that mixed cake batter.
Give credit where credit is due. Often standard "classic" whiskies (Chivas 12, Dewar's, Glenlivet 12, Johnnie Walker, Bell's, etc.) go undercelebrated and are overlooked when shopping, pub drinking, or recommending. I really enjoyed this, even if the finish was a bit of a bore. It is mature and satisfying whisky, for satisfied and mature drinkers. Takes water, and ice for that matter, well.
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