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Chivas Brothers The Century of Malts

Overall rating
86.79/100
votes
35
Whiskybase ID
WB22249
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottle code
000299 203101
Added on
24 May 2011 10:15 am

Average value

€ 232.45

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35 × member ratings

157 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Chivas Brothers The Century of Malts

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.79 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 51 Euro in September, 2011.  Quite a very interesting dram, not just because it is composed out of exactly one hundred different malts but also because the professional whisky scorers are totally divided upon the result:  While Jim Murray scored very high with 94 points in contrast to this Serge Valentine from whiskyfun gave 70 points only and stated "this is not better than any ordinary single malt".

    This is a good reason to test it myself and build my own opinion on that.  To be honest, I am rather with Jim than Serge:  This dram got an extraordinary high complexity of different flavours, no wonder given that many ingredients.  But it takes quite a while to discover all these aromas both on the nose and the palate, and yes Serge - there is no "Oompf!", rather delicateness and surprisingly a very good balance (given that they just mixed 100 casks together without adjusting the amounts for greater balance).

    Still you can have a look at all these casks if you are lucky enough to get an invitation by the Knockando (or Diageo) management.  All casks are for display in a Knockando warehouse, now filled with water (to save them from drying out).  If my memory serves me well then the most interesting casks were Ardbeg 1981, Benromach 1982, Bruichladdich 1984, Glenfarclas 1978, North Port 1983 and Strathisla 1984 (and 94 others I do not remember).

    By the way, the best about this dram are both the nose and the finish.  This is an excellent blend to drink pre-dinner and enjoy all of its complexity sip by sip. Slainte!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aberfeldy, Aberlour, Allt a `Bhainne, Ardbeg, Auchentoshan, Auchroisk, Aultmore, Balblair, Balmenach, Balvenie, Banff, Ben Nevis, Benriach, Benrinnes, Benromach, Blair Athol, Bowmore, (Royal) Brackla, Braeval, Brechin, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Caperdonich, Clynelish, Convalmore, Cragganmore, Craigduff, Craigellechie, Dailuaine, Dallas Dhu, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Deanston, Dufftown, Fettercairn, Glen Albyn, Glenallachie, Glenburgie, Glencadam, Glen Craig, Glen Elgin, Glen Esk, Glenfarcles, Glenfiddich, Glengarioch, Glenglassaugh, Glen Grant, Glengoyne, Glenisla, Glen Keith, Glenkinchie, The Glenlivet, Glenlochy, Glenlossie, Glen Mhor, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, Glen Scotia, Glen Spey, Glentauchers, Glenturret, Glenugie, Glenury Royal, Highland Park, Imperial, Inchgower, Inchmurrin, Inverleven, Isle of Jura, Kinclaith, Knockando, Ladyburn, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ledaig, Linkwood, Littlemill, Longmorn, Macallan, Macduff, Mannochmore, Miltonduff, Mortloch, Mosstowie, Ord, Pittyvaich, Pulteney, Rhosdhu, Scapa, Speyburn, Springbank, Strathisla, Strathmill, Tamdhu, Tamnavulin, Teaninich, Tomatin, Tomintoul, Tormore and Tullibardine.

  3. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smooth and comfort to enjoy, mid
    in aromatic, honey, ginger, like yellow flower smell.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Quatre Quart
    In 1995 Chivas surprised with the Century of Malts, a blended malt (then still a vatted malt, by the way) of no less than 100 malt whiskies, including – according to the leaflet in the box – quite a few that are no longer with us. It is not an easy thing to find a bottle nowadays. My first though, however, is… why on earth would you want to mix 100 malt whiskies? What good can come of this? But perhaps I’ll change my mind in a few minutes.

    The nose is honeysweet and in all honesty not very different from the regular 12 (I also just tried the ‘special’ Millennium release and the difference is negligible). It hardly shows any fruitiness bar some oranges. Again mostly sugars and honey with just a hint of marzipan and a classic quatre quart cake. The biggest difference is the fact that this one has a nice bit of smoke. I would have to check the booklet to find out which Islay went into the mix, but truth be told cannot be bothered. I expected much more of this.

    Well, now, on the palate it is a whole different story. This is much better! Yes, this has depth. First sweet on grain cookies with almonds and honey, followed by orangettes and then some heather and hay, but the whole is wrapped in a soothing blanket of smoke. The spices start to play their role as well. I get some mocha, espresso with chocolate shavings and whipped cream, mokatine, roasted hazel nuts, green grapes (pith included) and chestnut. This is quite nice!

    The finish is fairly long, fairly spicy and fairly smoky. Fairly warm too.

    The nose did nothing for me, but this Century of Malts more than made up for that on the palate and in the pleasant finish. But I still think it’s crazy to blend 100 single malts (unless you are creating a Frankendram, obviously).

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting experiment, you can already see a certain complexity and individual notes that you think at least to be able to assign individual distilleries, quite he does not live up to the promise, but already a great thing.
    • Nose
      Powerful, hazelnut, in between red, old apple, peat pear, orange peel, pebbles, heath meadow, honey, green fruits, grasses
    • Taste
      Thick heather meadow in the start, herbal honey behind, vanilla, butter biscuits, oregano, thyme, malt, apple peel, peat pear, cocoa powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, a few grasses, rather complex and changeable
    • Finish
      Medium long, pear, oldschool, light malt, heather meadow, apple peel, quite round and calm

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    Okayish but i think it got worse after the bottle was open for a  few months. Also I think that there is probably not the best of all these famous distilleries in there because simply nobody can distinguish them. I have to decrease my score.
    • Nose
      Unbelievable - 100 malts mixed together and the result is.... grassy, vegetables, green fruits, etc. - not really my favorites. After while there come up some vanilla notes too.
    • Taste
      Smooth, rather reluctant on some citrus fruits, vanilla, cookies, little sweetness, also still some grassy notes
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    Oily and smooth - actually much better than what one would expect from such a mixture. Just the cork had a bad quality - broken at the first attempt. I wonder anyway who had the silly idea to replace the metall screw caps with corks.

  9. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The complexity can hardly be increased. OK, maybe I let affect me out of the 100 malts, is indeed truly a legendary bottling. If you have the opportunity, you should absolutely have to pour a dram.

  10. Vassago Clynelish did not rate this whisky Administrator

    A special blended malt from Chivas, Century of Malts contains malt whisky from

    100 hundred different distilleries!

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