After having entered reviews for 38-year-old Stone of Destiny, 21-yo Royal Salute and 18-yo Chivas Regal, it is high time their younger sibling were featured here: Chivas 12, one of the best-selling Scotch whiskies out there. Let's go:
A very pale pour -a clear-straw yellow hue, paler than most basic drams. In a time when artificial coloring is rampant, I appreciate my pale tones in an affordable whisky. Aroma is very intense: from sweet scents to begin with (vanilla, crème brûlée) to wooden fragrances somewhat later when the ice starts to melt down.
Smooth when beginning the sip, displaying a sweet alcoholic profile. As it evolves midpalate, bitterer accents surge, leading to a medium-lasting wooden finish. And there's a peculiar hint of seaweed that, despite not being unheard of, isn't at all common (but I like it: it nudges me to pair this with Japanese Norimaki.) Despite its being widely sold, it's a nice scotch.