Chivas Regal 12 Year Scotch Whisky

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Chivas Regal 12 was one of the first scotch whiskies I ever tasted. At that time, I was just a college student and didn’t know much about scotch or difference between single malt or blended.  People added water to it or mix it with coke or some sort of sodas when they drank it.  Chivas is a big name in scotch world and this particular bottle is widely available and I remember everyone used to give a bottle as gift. Couple of months ago, I had the chance to try some from a full bottle. It is not as bad as I originally thought it was. 

Nose: Golden raisins and white chocolate. There is a large amount of cereal grain and wisps of berry jam. The nose is quite understated and the prickle is extremely mild. While it is fairly light, I would not use the term “elegant” to describe it. If you add a splash of water, more of the grainy notes come out and it becomes dry like vodka. That is something I am not very pleased with. Originally, I referred to it as “sharp alcohol fumes.”

Chivas Regal 12 Year

Palate: Vanilla, sugar cookies and a rich custard. There is a delicate fruit note – possibly dried cherries. There are also hazelnut and slight milk chocolate notes present. The body is quite thin, but it is actually quite smooth. Adding water brings out notes of honey.

Finish: Medium-long There is a hint of woodiness and slightly bitter notes. Nut skins. When fading it is malty and golden raisins are present.

Overall: This is a subtle blend that has very middle-of-the-road flavors. It is relatively smooth for those who require that, and it is not very expensive at all. You can get it for around $20.  Dewar’s White Label is better and smoother in my opinion and you can find a bottle for about $20.  Great King Street: Artist’s Blend is probably better choice too since the grain blends better, it has a heftier body and it tastes like more than just another scotch. The drawback is that it is twice the price of Chivas. On the other hand, Johnnie Walker Red is famous for fairly standard scotch with same price range, so I may be wrong to dismiss this. If you want something uncomplicated for about $20 or less, the Chivas Regal 12 is perfect, but for those who want to go out of their comfort zone here and there, you should try a bottle of the $40 single malt.




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