The latest offering from Chivas Regal is Chivas Regal Extra. What’s extra about it? It’s got a higher percentage of whiskies aged in sherry casks. I happen to like sherried whiskies… then again I happen to like all whiskies. Something else of note: this new blend from Chivas Regal has no age statement (NAS), and is positioned (price-wise) between the 12-year-old and 18-year-old expressions. So, how is it?
The sherry influence comes across in the nose. There is lots more fruit here than the standard 12-year-old Chivas Regal. Underneath is creamy vanilla, crisp fruit and cinnamon spice. The body is a little thin. I suspect the low proof (40% abv) is the culprit. Despite the mouthfeel, it does seem rich. Beyond the sherried fresh fruit (apple, pear), some cinnamon spice comes across in a refreshing way, providing a welcome little kick. I also detect some vanilla, toffee, and the slightest hint of peat. The finish here is not quite medium in length, and carries over that candied cinnamon note.
I’ve got to hand it to Chivas Regal. They’ve put together a really nice NAS blend here. I think their 12-year-old expression is a bit on the bland side, but that’s not a concern here. The extra sherry casks breathe some life into the signature Chivas Regal flavor profile. Priced at about $45 a bottle, this whisky comes recommended!