Original fillings were rare until 2018. In 2019 the market was flooded at once.
Had Chivas Regal found a couple of overdue barrels that needed to be quickly married?
Unfortunately, nothing is known about the bottle content or the number of bottles filled. It is striking that a large number of peated versions were launched on the market.
The whisky itself is irritating and more reminiscent of an independent bottler of an Islay whisky than an original bottling from Speyside.
Withered sweet fruit with lots of almond and caramel are enveloped in a smoky note that you would not expect here. In the end, a light woody-leathery note comes through.
In my opinion, a very successful experiment, which should have expected a higher average rating, if the whisky does not have a bit of the flaw that Chivas Regal had to quickly save a few barrels from the inedibility.
It may even be so. In the end, the result is decisive. And that's true for a whisky of just under EUR 100.00.
I do not have to decide here today whether I would still be so enthusiastic about the current retail price of around EUR 170.00.