Type: Blended Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 140.00
Official website: www.chivas.com
Many of us have seen the TV series The Crown and therefore know (or think we know) all the salient facts in the life of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, better known as Queen Elizabeth II, but the authors forgot to mention how, on the occasion of her coronation in 1953, this luxury expression was created to celebrate the event.
Time has passed since then, and some of the characteristics of this bottling have changed: a ceramic bottle from Cornwall, wrapped in velvet, made in three colours (sapphire, emerald and ruby) like the Crown Jewels. What remains is the ageing period of twenty-one years like the twenty-one cannon shots that greet (hence the name) the Queen’s anniversaries.
And, of course, the not exactly popular price.
There are no details on the casks used and the manipulations following distillation, but it’s safe to assume (given the alcohol content) that it follows the destiny of its cousins under the Chivas Regal label.
There are also special expressions with a more important ageing period (up to 52 years).
On the nose, it’s softly spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg caressing pronounced hints of fruit with plenty of pineapple along with coconut, peach, apricot, almonds, custard and honey. Plenty of orange juice and a whiff of aniseed in the background. Pleasant and with a certain elegance but not surprising.
In the mouth, it begins with a pronounced alcoholic sting accompanied by a fleeting splash of pepper, which soon dissolves into a fruity profile dominated by peach and pineapple, leaving little room for other nuances. Cinnamon, almond, lemon zest, drop of honey, cereal, hazelnut. Not very incisive impressions, which soon end up being overwhelmed by the alcohol that flattens everything out. Salty tip on the length, with an impression of smoke and aniseed again.
The finish isn’t very long, dry and bitter, of almond, cereal, wood, salt and a rather pronounced smoke.
It’s really too light and insubstantial for its age, and its low alcohol content has probably killed its balance, breaking the promise of the nose and timidly showing touches of interest only on the finish.
It’s too little too late, not so much for its price (which is relative) but for its ageing, which deserves much more complexity.