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Chivas, always there for a quick easy sip. Let get reviewing.
Nose: Salty, faint wafts of oil, citrus, grainy like a Irish Whisky, and very faint scent of vanilla oak. Simple nose really, nothing much to ponder over here.
Taste: Again the grain comes right through. Accompanied by salt, smoke, creamy oak, and a little bit of tar and spice. Remains a little oily on the palate. Very light, smooth, nothing flamboyant about this.
Finish: Oaky/woody, Lime, Orange rind, dry and sticky.
I see a lot of poor marks for Chivas 12 year and I really can't bring myself to follow suit just because it doesn't blow me away. Chivas is a blend, it's not complex, nor have I ever heard of it having a reputation as a stellar and spectacular Whisky. It's simple, light and enjoyable to me. The names a little gimmicky but so are other Whisky names out there, which I won't mention, that are equally "Regal" if you know what I mean. At least Chivas does not promise what it cannot deliver. Price is about right also for what you get. I can't complain. Solidly average, and that's not a thing that should be reproached in this Whisky. It doesn't promise to me to be liquid gold, nor do I have to pay in bullion to acquire it, it is what it is, simple/average. No shame in that.