Chivas Brothers The Century of Malts

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
000299 203101
Added on
24 may 2011 10:15 am

Average value

€ 275.22

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44 × member ratings

173 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Chivas Brothers The Century of Malts

10 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.83 points.

  1. spedley scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A well balanced and morphing journey from farmyard to orchard via tinned fruit. Rewarding
    V – Dark golden honey/ brass, mid ring, lots of slow legs – 9
    N – straw, straw, barn, stream, oak, lillies, malt, oatmeal, wet hessian, butter, fudge, honey, dry bracken – 14
    P – tinned pears, honey, golden syrup, soft apricot, orange boiled sweets, tinned mandarin, fudge, hard toffee, syrup tart, dessert pastry, buttery biscuit base, toffee apple, scrumpy, pear, wet canvas - 26
    F – pear, toffee apple, honey, tinned pears, wet canvas, stream, toffee, fudge, mango lassi, sweet milky tea, soft apricot, golden syrup, honey, butter, agave syrup, carpet, - 26 = 89

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Blends H2H - Premium/Old in years/Old vintages Nas-50 years old 42 tasted.

    WB ID numbers then scores are for Nose/Palate/Finish

    Coilltean 1965 41 year 45% Samaroli - 38788 – 93/93/92
    Hankey Bannister 40 year 2013 44.3% - 56970 – 91/92/92
    Whyte & Mackay 30 year 40% (brown frosted bottle) - 53024 – 88/90/90
    Huntly Blend Fine Old Scotch Whisky 70 proof 1947 - 86946 – 88/90/89
    Cluny 12 year ceramic jug 40% 1980’s - 83945 – 88/90/89
    Dewar’s Ancestor 12 year De luxe 40% 1970’s- 76166 - 88/90/89
    The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 4 50.9% - 54798 – 88/90/89
    Bell’s 20 year Royal Reserve 86 proof US bottle 1960’s - 160430 - 89/88/89
    Avonside 8 year 100 proof (57%) Jas Gordon & Co for Edward Giaccone 37844 – 87/89/88
    Bonnie Charlie 70 proof 1950’s Charles Kinloch - 134379 – 88/89/87
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2015 46.8% 64241 - 86/88/89
    Crawford’s 5 star 70 proof 1950’s spring cap 73230 – 87/88/88
    Warehouse Blend Cadenhead 36 year 1980 46% - 96875 – 87/88/88
    Logan De Luxe 12 year 43% 1970’s - 88950 -86/87/89
    The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 8 2016 53.1% 89988 – 87/87/88
    Old Parr 12 years old 12 year 43GL 1970’s - 184126 – 88/87/87
    Peter Thompson’s Beneagles Extra Special 1960’s - 202438– 85/88/88
    Grant’s Stand Fast 1960’s 70 proof - 180207 – 86/89/86
    Bell’s 12 year De Luxe 43% 1960’s 77249 - 86/88/87
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2017 46.8% 92872 – 86/87/88
    The Antiquary 1960’s 43.5% - 51196 - 85/88/87
    King of Scots ceramic decanter 43% Douglas Laing - 124076 – 87/86/87
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V 43% - 65357 -85/87/88
    Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2014 46.8% - 55329 – 85/87/87
    Peter Thompsons Extra Special Beneagles - 70 proof - 85/85/87
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label 43% - 51691 – 86/85/85
    The Perspective Series 21 year 2019 43% Berry Brothers - 128071 - 83/86/85
    Marchants Extra Special Gold Label 1950’s - 195920 – 84/85/85
    Dewar’s white label 1950’s 43% - 112196 - 83/84/85
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2017 46.4% TBWC - 102090 - 85/84/83
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2018? 47.3% TBWC - 105692 - 82/86/83
    The Antiquary 1950’s abv not specified - 86601 – 83/84/84
    Blended Scotch Whisky Batch 1 23 year 48.2% TBWC - 87320 -82/82/81
    Blended Scotch Whisky Batch 3 22 year 41.8% TBWC 112864 – 82/80/83
    Chivas Century of Malts 43% - 22249 - 84/81/78
    Ballantine’s 12 year 43% 1980’s - 57203 - 82/77/84
    Teviotdale 5 year 70 proof +/- 1970 - 183355 - 77/81/80
    The Half Century Blend 50 year 2016 45.5% TBWC - 87995 – 87/74/77
    Royal Salute 38 year Stone of Destiny 2014 40% - 71156 – 75/70/78
    White Heather 94 proof (US bottle) - 125387 - 72/74/73
    Grant’s 25 year Rare & Distinctive 40% - 53617 – 72/65/68
    Gilbey’s Spey Royal 1950’s 70 proof - 182584 – 70/50/55

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    This smells a little farmy at first with some ripe stewed fruit thrown in, almost mineral.
    The nose improves with air, more stewed fruit, faint peat and the faintest wisps of smoke.
    Mouthcoating but the fruit is not sweet and fades too quick.
    Balance is decent and the finish while pleasant is too short and becoming bitter.
    This is for sale between £150-£250 in the shops and at Auction anywhere between £110-£130 plus fees.
    Save your money, if this was £50 a bottle it would still be too expensive.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    honey, marzipan, grain, vanilla, hint of smoke, it has a feel of an old bottling with an interesting complexity, find it nicely balanced and drinkable

  5. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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).

  7. LiquidThoughts 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

  8. 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

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Unbelievable - 100 malts mixed together and the result is....
    Smooth - after many years I tasted again from a bigger sample I kept after I sold the open bottle as I was rather disappointed at first - but now I have to say I would probably not sell it again - too late - anyhow - much better - new rating!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, green fruits, little leafy and grassy, apple juice, pear, little peach and banana, spices, pepper, minerals, limestone - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, fruity, some citrus fruits, vanilla, cookies, subtle sweetness, banana, apple, pear, hints of honey, little spices - really not bad
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, fruity, little spicy

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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