People are kind, this post is brought to you by altruism. Chivas Regal is a standard first choice for regular bar kids who want to upgrade from their other perennial favourite; Jameson. And all I know about this particular dram is it’s from Speyside and that as a blended 12yr old, the youngest whisky in the barrel has to be at least 12years old. And that’s about it. So it’s with a sense of anticipation that I will try out this standard.
The nose was fruity with a dusting of smoke, it vaguely reminded me of the Crown Royal Harvest Rye in that there is a slight medicinal quality. The nose is quite sharp brimming with brute force despite the 12year maturity.
The palate is a little sharp at the front of the taste and would do well with a drop of water to open it up. Without the extra room provided by the droplet the expression rolls around the mouth lacking a place to settle down and open up.
The finish is light and tingly on the side of the palate. This expression has all the flash with only just enough meat to back it up.