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A friend gifted this 375ml Chivas to me for helping him out when he was sick. Drinking neat, bottle freshly opened.
Nose: A bit alcohol forward at first but fades with time. Subtle vanilla, pears, and grapes. Everything is fairly subtle and subdued.
Palate: Things open up a bit here. Creamy palate with an oily body. Lots of wood spice and smoke, balanced with a subtle sweetness with a spicy finish.
Overall: This is actually an enjoyable whisky. I was expecting less. I would take JW black over this, but not by much.