A cool, late summer’s night brings about thoughts of keeping warm. What better way to do so than with a nice glass of Scotch! The drink of the hour is Chivas Regal 12, the base of the Chivas line of blended whiskies. This whisky is a blend of malt and grain. Interesting,y, the bottle has a machine printed date on it, indicating that it was bottled on September 11, 2007. This is a popular whisky and competes against Johnny Walker for the hearts and minds of blended whisky lovers.
The colour is light gold, not very striking in the glass but looks alone aren’t all that important. Let me point out here that given its alcohol content of 40% abv, I decided on adding a few drops right off the top and tasting it with water only.
On the nose, it’s a big citrus fest. Orange peel, clementine, tangerine, and grapefruit zest along with oak attack the olfactory system. What a pleasant introduction! This is a whisky that’s worth appreciating on the nose before every sip.
The palate is interesting for being subtle and smooth. Where the nose hit hard, the palate is caressed. The notes of honey and oak are massaged into the tongue. It’s very light, somewhat watery even. It goes down easy, but feels a bit uneven. The wood and the honey, sometimes coming across as fruit, don’t seem to be in harmony but rather struggling to take their place. Is there some butterscotch in there? Maybe, but not strong enough to make a lasting impression. I don’t mean to say it’s not a good whisky, and most people will prefer the smooth and simple nature of this expression.
The finish is short and woody at first, turns sweet as it fades away. The memory of the finish will be of its sweetness, almost like a Toblerone.
So there you have it, a good whisky and perfect for everyday drinking amongst mixed company. The next level up, the 18, should be a good point to determine how the blenders have improved on their base label. I may try it some day and let you know.