Type: Blended Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 53.00
Official website: www.chivas.com
More than a year after the article on the basic version, “the most regal of whiskies” returns to these pages with the oldest version, a blend of more than twenty single malts and Scottish grains chosen by Master Blender Colin Scott (who also signs his name) and aged for a minimum of eighteen years.
Born in 1997 to meet the demand for more complex blends, despite the significant ageing it remains in an affordable price range, as indeed is the clientele it is aimed at, and with the minimum alcohol content it could not be otherwise.
Very perfumed, with floral and fruity scents that blend into a pleasant bouquet of pear, ripe melon, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, blood orange, lemon juice. Very sugary, in the background it expresses a caress of wood and honey. Simple but full.
In the mouth it becomes less full-bodied, paying the price of the mellowed alcohol which still finds a way to be felt (and not in a good way), with a pinch of pepper and ginger on less marked flavours of fruit (peach and apricot also emerge), marzipan, more vanilla and orange, honey, chocolate, hazelnuts. It also expresses a slight bitterness with savoury tones on the length, along with a hint of smoke.
Medium-long, saline finish of nuts, ginger, citrus, light smoke.
A whisky that’s easy to drink, nothing transcendental, simple, not incisive, made to please without being bland, and it succeeds in its objective. Suitable for those approaching whisky but looking for something more mature without being overwhelmed by it, but in the same price range there are certainly more worthy and satisfying single malts.