Chivas Regal is one of the best selling blended whiskies in the world. Just like its largest competitor, Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal was founded by a grocer. It can be traced back to the mid-1800s. In the early 20th century, Chivas Regal finally found its way to the U.S., where it enjoyed tremendous success. Sinatra even called it one of his favorite Scotch whiskies. It’s available just about everywhere.
On the nose, there’s toffee, orange peel, apple, and raisin. I get a little fruitiness that borders on sherry. That note is easily picked out on the palate. There’s a creaminess, malt, honey, vanilla and a touch of peat. The flavors are a tad muted overall. It could be due to the low abv, which here clocks in at 40%. The finish is medium in length, with a sweet maltiness becoming dry.
Chivas Regal 12-year-old is a quality entry-level drink that many people around the world enjoy. It’s non-offensive and a little muted for me. If you want to try a decent “beginner” scotch, give this one a go. It’s also a great deal for an aged whisky at about $25-$30 for a bottle.