Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

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Chivas Regal is well-known for offering a complete series of very fine blended Scotch whiskies that range from one that is 12 years old to its incredible 25 year bottle.  The 18 year Gold Signature is right in the middle of this range.  It is probably the most reasonably priced and most popular Scotch that can impress you and your friends taste buds.

In addition to having a regular tasting of the 18 year old Chivas Regal Gold Signature Scotch, another thing I was asked to do was compare this whiskey with Johnnie Walker Blue Label, another blended whiskey that costs three times as much as the Chivas.

Pros

  • Heavy blended, rich scotch that is excellent to sip with ice
  • Readily available
  • The $50 per bottle cost, for a premium whisky, is very reasonable.

Cons

None

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

Description

  • Blended 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky
  • Colin Scott is the Master Blender
  • Distilled in Aberdeen, Scotland by Chivas Brothers
  • Importer is Pernod Ricard USA
  • 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
  • Retails for approximately $55 per 750 ml bottle




Guide Review

The two Scotches have completely different profiles.  Chivas is sweeter and bolder with charcoal notes.  Johnnie Walker is softer, oakier and has notes of hay.  In terms of which one is better, I think it is all a matter of individual taste.  A majority of the time I personally enjoy a Scotch that is very bold, so I would lean towards Chivas as my preference.  I really enjoyed Johnnie Walker Blue.  However, it tends to be too light for my taste, especially after the ice melts.  It really depends on my mood at the moment which one I would choose.  I tend to view Johnnie Walker Blue as more of a summer Scotch and Chivas as a year round one.  I also compared Chivas with Johnnie Walker Black.  It is a closer match to the Chivas 18 when it comes to a bold scotch.  However, I do still prefer Chivas.

Chivas Regal 18 Year

Another thing to consider is the price.  Certainly many appreciate Scotches that cost over $100.  However, it’s a luxury for most people.  I was quite interested to have the two ends of the Scotch premium spectrum to see what you miss when you don’t spend an extra $100.  The Johnnie Walker doe have a subtle smoothness and the flavor profile is completely different, how I would say that either way your money would be well spent.  Both whiskey in general and Scotch in particular are very subjective to taste.  Therefore, people really do need to discover what their own preferences are.

Tasting Notes

The 18 year Chivas Regal has a red wheat rich amber color.  The opening aroma is of apple, sweet citrus and slight hint of oak.  Its velvet palate is full of peat, caramel and burnt, warm orange notes.  The finish is slightly spicy and very dry with the back having a very satisfying smoke.




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