Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whiskey

  • Rating: 6
  • Value: 5
Proof: 80 ( 40 %)
Age: 12 Years Old
Price: $ 50 750 ml
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Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Might make you change your mind about blended scotch.

Notes:  A venerable brand dating back to the early 1800s and a purveyor to the Royal Household, Chivas is a Blended Scotch producer that offers a range of ages. The full history of Chivas is covered in an excellent book by Paul Pacult titled “A Double Scotch” (also reviewed on Booze Books, our sister website) for those wishing to get into a lot of entertaining detail to regale their fellow malt enthusiasts.

Appearance: Golden bronze in the bottle, light yellow straw in the glass

First Impression: Nicely flowery with fruit, heather, and slightly sweetish darker fruit notes also

Taste: Nicely weighty in some ways with a broad and mellow taste, but the smoke somewhat overwhelms the flowers and fruit of the bouquet

Drinks: Works well in most classic blended scotch drinks. Rather smokier than most,  so you may wish to factor that in your cocktail-making

Bottle: A Chivas bottle has not changed much over the years, and in some sense of the word, could be considered iconic or certainly a bottle almost anyone serious about spirits can spot at a distance.
Clear glass, bell shaped with a slightly bulging neck, with the heraldic style  label the 12 year old version sport a deep red plum color in its background colors and neck wrap. Screwcap closure is a bit jarring ( was expecting a cork ) but this is a blend.

Other: A blend of Strathisla ( one of the oldest Scotch distilleries still operating), Longmorn, and unspecified Islay and an aged grain  whisky

Final Thoughts: A very nice blended scotch if a bit pricey for what it is. The upside is you can find it almost anywhere, and it is a safe bet as a decent, if not spectacular, buy that is much better than many of the other well-known blends – some of which cost even more. Very smooth, approachable, yet complex, it is a good starter blended scotch for either those who started with cheaper blends to try some good stuff or for single malt enthusiasts who want to see what a blended scotch can be. Recommended ! Although for a few dollars more, you can get the 18-year-old, which I much prefer.


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