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Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Chivas Regal 12 Bottling Note

Chivas Regal is a world-famous Scotch blend which was first made in the early 20th century by Chivas Brothers. The company can trace its roots back to 1801, with the opening of a grocers at Number 13 King Street, Aberdeen. Selling luxury food, coffee and spices, it wasn't until half a century later that the company started to make whisky, and then not until post-US Prohibition that Chivas Regal 12 Year Old was first officially released. F. Paul Pacult described Chivas Regal 12 as "the blend for grown-ups", awarding it an impressive 9 out of 10. It's a very apt statement - this is a very refined blended whisky, with herbs, honey and fruit leaping forth on the palate. Regularly lauded by the critics, this is a superb blend in its price category, representing great value for money.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose A creamy, aromatic melange of vanilla custard, hints of aniseed, lemon curd and butter toffee. Wood shavings and dried banana chips develop with just a hint of cassis.

Palate More of those banana chips showing through on the palate, this time there's a creamy hit of barley malt too, pepped up with a little allspice. Notes of ground walnut and caramel.

Finish Light spice and black pepper on the tail. Lingering notes of cereal sweetness.

Overall A spicy, beautifully balanced blend. Lots going on here.

Reviews for Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Pretty average in every way
Not much to offend here, but then little to like either. Hints of interest with a spicy finish, but nothing special.
Shaws , Hong Kong
3 days ago
My bottom shelf go-to
As I am growing older, guilty of drinking too much whiskies (Japan, Taiwan, Scotland, India..) this dram is something that I don’t mind revisiting. When I don’t know which bottle to pick from my bar, when I just want something in my hand, and when I don’t feel like “analyzing” what I am drinking… this works. Always featured in my bottom shelf alongside Teachers.
Master of Malt Customer
6 months ago
A distinctly average blend
CR is what I'd describe as an entry level, inoffensive Scotch. Neither good nor 'bad'. No peat, not harsh, no Sherry sweetness.
Several good single malts available cheaper than this so get one of those first. This would be OK if you like Scotch with a mixer
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Worth buying for your spirit cupboard.
Not bad at all for the price. Quite easy drinking and not so expensive that you'd feel guilty having it for a Hot Toddy! If you've more disposable income to spend or have only a taste for peaty whisky you'd probably prefer something else however.
dave , United Kingdom
one year ago
It's blended whisky!
Had a bottle of this for a while now, so had plenty of time to open up. However, I really can't get anything out of this from either the nose or the mouth. I recently tasted it alongside Monkey Shoulder and the MS blew the CR out of the water!
Nick V , United Kingdom
one year ago
Don't hate.
Fools. I realized that I had to go back to many whiskies that I didn't like as a young drinker. I didn't know how to add water. I didn't know Scotch. Whoever says this is inferior is silly. It is smooth, gentle, flavorful, and sweet. Spice at the end, instead of peat.

(I rate based on price point.)

Ardbeg is my fav.
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
To much spicy
Taste opens when putting drops of water but overall to much spicy , first time drank so much spicy whisky
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
one of the best if not the best on the market smooth and palatable
Freddy n , United Kingdom
one year ago
Addendum to "Bleuch"

Last night I vigorously shook my bottle of CR12 and left it open by the window for about an hour. I have developed this habit in recent months because it really makes a difference. Whisky needs to be woken up.
Now almost all of the harshness is gone and I can taste a hint of single malt. Not much. An extremely ungenerous amount. But I feel I have to change my review to
"Overpriced and disappointing" if not actually bad. If I bought this from Lidl for a tenner, I would probably be quite happy.
But Scottish Leader Premium is still much better, as are a myriad of inexpensive whiskies.
IF they tripled the single malt content, it just might be worth what they are asking for it.
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
I have absolutely no idea how this stuff won so many medals.
Scottish Leader is better
JWRL is better
Dewar's White Label is better
Everything that costs 45% of the price of this, tastes better.
Just don't bother.
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago

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