Overall rating
79.97/100
votes
237
Whiskybase ID
WB51082
Category
Blend
Bottler
Chivas Brothers Ltd. (Chvs)
Bottling serie
Scotch Gold Signature Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LWL 1556 003212
Barcode
5000299225004
Added on
19 jan 2014 4:38 pm by Myst111
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Average value

€ 59.95

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237 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Chivas Regal 18-year-old

36 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.97 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    [2019 bottle] This is certainly not as bad as I thought it would be, and I think the general score is a little harsh. It's extremely consensual but there's absolutely no off note and even some pleasant ones, like this cognac-y side. Still not something I'd buy but an uninformed beginner wanting to impress his stepdad with a "classy" gift could do much worse than buying this. Moreover, the grain feels much less than in other similar blends.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Peaches, young cognac, bread dough and a very slight solventy note that is really within limits. Surprisingly little grain influence and a remarkable fruity core, not just playing on the classic pear note.
    • Taste
      83 83
      This is a little thin, as exepected, but it really has some aromatic presence. Lacquered wood, peach, orange juice, and a touch of ginger. A convincing composition.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Shortish, of course, and not bringing anything new to the table.

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  3. Burch scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    It kills me that this whisky is rated 80 points. I say add at least 10 points for the blend stigma. This, being the primary blend of Chivas Regal targeted toward whisky connoisseurs, has (understandably) been expertly crafted. There are no flaws. It is about as easy drinking a neat whisky as you can find. The inertia of the classic age statement and brand makes it probably the best value in good scotch in this single malt depleted market. I challenge you posers to find any whisky at the same price that is as good. Furthermore, a tiche of Drambuie on the rocks makes the Rusty Nail by which all others can be measured.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Marshmallow goo, candied pineapple, oak and some nutmeg. Not very powerful but very well balanced.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Honey, Chocolate malt, some banana. I wouldn't call it sweet or dry - middle of the road. It has a classic and distinguished character.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Again honey and cocoa powder late. The age is there - beautiful oak. S'mores. Keeps going.

  4. FrLn1977 scored this whisky 67 points Newbie

    Much has been said about this whiskey.
    All in all, a mediocre taste and no aftertaste at all.
    now 90 euros are being asked for this bottle here and there, which is totally exaggerated.
    with 40 euros this Chivas is well paid.
    popular with the general public, but the enthusiast walks around with a bow.

  5. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    A great dram!

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Will_iam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. praisethepasta scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is a solid, well crafted, very enjoyable dram. While obviously aimed at a broad audience, and therefore a bit ‘friendly’, this definitely has enough character and depth to have me sitting up and paying attention. I’m really enjoying this whisky, and at the price (€50-€60) it’s excellent value as well.
    • Nose
      84 84
      On the nose, it’s a well-balanced combo of spices, floral notes and dried fruits with an overlaying yet gentle, inviting sweetness. It’s rather rich, with strawberry marmalade, Christmas cake, honey, gingerbread, marzipan (probably the well-aged grain whiskies here), cherries and blackcurrant. I’m not suggesting it’s the best nose on a whisky I ever came across, but it’s really good!
    • Taste
      82 82
      The palate brings you pretty much everything from the notes, but with brakes on and a bit diminished due to the minimal ABV and all the rest, also making the mouthfeel a bit thin. There’s a burnt toast here now as well (not unpleasant, quite the opposite as it even suggests a bit of a ‘dirty’ note here, albeit a faint one) with a drying wood note. On the whole, it’s less sweet than on the nose and even has an unexpected little ‘bite’ to it.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The finish is short to medium, with again a slight sharpness to it, but also (and luckily so) the warm spices are there to wave us goodbye.

  9. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. davidloosli scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Orange, rather dry/austere, a dash lemon, a little mint, gingerbread spices, with a bit of time and heat vanilla and dried pears come out
    • Taste
      Dry, bitter fruit (oranges and grapefruit), nice fruit sourness, bitter nuts (walnuts), pear pie
    • Finish
      Bitterness gets stronger, a hint of smoke, burned caramel

  11. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: rich buttery caramel, notes of the peaches that come on the palate

    Palate: sweet peaches and caramel give way to a little heat a bitter grass

    Finish: peaches, some hay, dry oak

    Overall: A very soft drinkable blend. Not overpowering or complex for an 18 year old whisky.

  12. Tim-R scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Not special, good whiskey
    • Nose
      74 74
      Soft sweet scent
    • Taste
      73 73
      Soft
    • Finish
      64 64
      Slightly sharp

  13. MrNachbar scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: light sherry, dark chocolate, slight smoke note

    Taste: caramel, salted butter, sherry with fine smoke

    Finish: warm and medium length

  14. whiscratch scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. M134481 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. eppelheimer scored this whisky 67 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  17. eppelheimer scored this whisky 67 points Member Senior

    For me a disappointment. For this price you can also buy a better single malt.
    • Nose
      Something sherry, rye, gummy and somehow musty.
    • Taste
      Here are the gummi bears and the rye again. The muffiness remains.
    • Finish
      Short and dry.

  18. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nothing exceptional but nothing too shameful. A blend that does the job, but you can do so much better with 18-year-old whiskeys ...
    • Nose
      Very malty, grilled barley, toasted wood, herbs, morello cherry. Alcoholic enough.
    • Taste
      Pretty easy, although diluted, rather dry, vanilla wood, plum and morello cherry.
    • Finish
      Quite short, on the wood, the morello cherry, an astonishing tart.

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Husky hessian oily malt with a mineral sweetness. Time reveals more [bourbon) malty sweetness. I pick up creamy smoke just before sipping.
    T: Almost hollow inner yet with a firmer oily savoury-bitter outer layer.
    F: Husky, waxy-dry malt. Long waxy malty mouthfeel finish with dry cream latterly.
    C: Really good sipper as it goes. And who said blends are only for drinkers?Scores a B-

  20. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle bought for the birth of my daughter and tasted between colleagues. A very rich luxury blend, with a toffee taste. Unbeatable quality / price ratio. Nose: caramel, milk chocolate behind. Tobacco, dry wood. Palate: Orange peel Finish: Pepper, long.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  21. GutsPuck scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

    Scores a C

  23. markjedi1 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Donut
    Chivas Regal is one of the world’s bestselling blends. Their range has a classic 12 years old that can easily be found in the supermarket, but they also have an 18 year old and even a 25 year old. In my glass sits the 18 years old, composed of more than 20 whisky’s, both malt and grain. Did you know, by the way, that Chivas actually means ‘narrow place’ in Gaelic? Something for your next whisky quiz? The signature malt in this blend is Strathisla.

    The nose is fruity and sweet on apricots, vanilla and pears. It has some freshly baked bread as well. Wait… no… it is a donut with pink icing!

    The viscosity leaves a lot to be desired. This needs a lot more body. Having said that, it has a peppery bite before the fruit shines through. Think oranges, honey and… there – the donut returns. Reminds me a bit of orange lemonade, actually. The second sip becomes extremely sweet. All the way in the back is a single grain of salt.

    In the finish, which is rather soft, I seem to get a hint of peat. But it is gone before I can think about it more.

    I am certain this would go well with a dessert, but as a whisky I find it lacking. Too sweet and simply not interesting. I would rather spend my 60 EUR on something else.

  24. Ciro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. Whiskyflasken scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Good, balanced, tasty blend, reasonable price (~ 50 €).
    • Nose
      very open and direct, pleasantly round, fruity-sweet - strawberry and cherry jam, a hint of gummy bears, milk chocolate, drinking cocoa ... and some velvety-dry woodiness
    • Taste
      soft, full-bodied, sweet, chocolate (here even slightly bitter), nut nougat cream, walnut ... a hint of dark fruit (blackberry jam?)
    • Finish
      medium long, soft, cocoa ... slightly smoky-bitter

  28. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 26-12-2013
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, raisins, honey and vanilla. With water: bananas and bitter chocolate
    • Taste
      Little sweet, chocolate, dried fruit and a touch of peat.
    • Finish
      Medium, warm, little smoke and a hint of pepper

  29. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    very consistent overall as an upgraded chivas regal 12, yet somewhat underperforms
    • Nose
      sweet, fruity, musky grain, light wood with a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      soft to heavy fruits, woody and slightly sweet, grain spice
    • Finish
      short, light wood and nuts at the back

  30. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      74 74

  31. Goethe scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    A mixture of grain und sherry in an unbalanced expression. The grain gets dominant with sharp and a few bitter notes on the palate.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Sherry, a few red fruits, toffee, a hint of smoke, malt.
    • Taste
      Nuts, vanilla, sherry, rasins.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Some wood and hints of dried fruits.

  32. Peter87 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  33. Ciro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  34. Rom scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nose grain, wood, slight hint of smoke, yellow fruit, suggestion of mango and red fruit. On the palate we find the 12 rounder, softer but still young for 18 years. Caramelized attack drying on the wood. Average final. Blend correct in absolute but bad q / p.

  35. cfosterk scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    initially slightly prickly and cookie dough. settles down with some dried fruits and maltiness. I'm reminded of a famous maize based breakfast cereal then the dough returns. 
    Quite sweet with more dried fruits and some orange. Medium/light body and clipped blended finish.
    Very 'smooth' and suggests good quality but...
    JW Black or Green anyday for me :)
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  36. Sonett scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      76 76

  37. Earthwormjim scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    A whiskey of good quality but without much interest.
    • Nose
      Not very complex. Alcohol a little dissociated. Lemon. Green wood.
    • Taste
      Vanilla. Bitterness. A little alcoholic. Quite simple. Comfortable, say. Very slightly smoked. Sugar.
    • Finish
      Short in the mouth. Not unpleasant. A little light smoked.

  39. Toffie76 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Admittedly, it's not bad. But for the price ... There is better option. Given the color, it's probably packed with E150. A little short, and a final dedicated to clove. A touch of smoke, not extraordinarily complex. But it's the only whiskey available from my parents, so it'll do the trick ...

  40. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    This 18 year old edition of Chivas Regal was was personally created by their Master Blender, Colin Scott.

  41. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  42. drkrylov scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    A bit overbalanced by sherry, but nicely rounded by the smoky finish.
    • Nose
      Creamy. Mint humbugs. Mint toffee.
    • Taste
      Sherryish. Nutty. raisins. Vanilla. A suggestion of trifle.
    • Finish
      Quite big. Soothing. Slightly smoky.

  43. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

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