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Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Nice, but no real character

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

21st Oct 2010


Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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A mate of mine (Jimmy) and I have this arrangement that whenever we get something new we always invite each other over to have a glass. He recently had a birthday and was gifted a few bottles - a Haig Dimple 15 year old, and Chivas Regal 12 year old and a Bruichladdich 18 year old.

Second up was the Chivas Regal 12 year old.

The nose has a bit of an alcohol bite, but is still smooth and sweet. Not a lot going on, with the only interesting part was that when you take a short sniff, the sweetness is caramel in nature, but when you take a long, deep sniff, it's more like vanilla. Pleasant, but not anything of note.

The taste is similarly smooth, pleasant and one-dimensional. Notes of caramel, maltiness and cinnamon with the occasional barest fruity hint every now and again.

The medium-length finish starts with a fading tingly spiciness, and slowly rolls through a gentle malty sweetness.

A nice malt, nothing wrong with it, but not a lot to recommend it either.

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