Another blend from Pernod Ricard who currently own 14 distilleries, all in Speyside except for Scapa, and Strathclyde grain distillery.
Created by Colin Scott in 1997, a deconstruction tasting/masterclass of the Chivas Regal 18yo will take you through the recipe in parts. Using over 20 single malts & grains from various distilleries including Glenlivet, Aberlour, Strathisla, Tormore, Longmorn, Allt-a-Bhainne, Glenburgie, Glenugie, Miltonduff,….. the Chivas 18yo is driven by Strathisla & Longmorn single malt and Strathclyde grain.
Having recently tried the Chivas 12yo and found it ‘dull-as and hugely disappointing’ WB, my expectations for the 18yo were low but mind open.
N: More fruity than the last three blends with a generally robust sherried=bourbon maltiness and additional notes of smelly socks.
T: Nothing specific but it's generally very tasty.
F: Sweet aniseed, with a bitter note under-pinning the final throes.
C: It’s tasty but it doesn’t quite ‘cut the mustard’ compared alongside the Ballantine's and the even better Dewar's. It's the first of the night that's most obviously ‘blend’ - grainy, soft & easy, which makes it very drinkable of course. Blog.
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