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Chivas 12 a big blend lower price blended scotch available all around the world and consumed en masse. Chivas company gets its single malt from the likes of Strathisla, Braeval and Glen Grant. This is their entry level blend and its not bad by any means, in fact i think its better than certain single malts and at around 50AUD a bottle (700mL) its not overly expensive
Nose: fruity, zesty, apple, pears, grassy vanilla cream, very smooth, almost a Turkish delight note hanging around, and an ever so slightly harsh savoury note, could be from the grain whisky. With water much richer, more panna cotta than vanilla cream. Savoury note completely gone. Not bad
Pallet: ever so slightly creamy, bit of spice actually and oak, more citrus zing, sourness from the nose comes in as balance rather than a detractor, less fruity here. With water much dryer, bit more wood and spice, some caramel, citrus seems to be absent now
Finish: savoury note hangs around into the finish, baked apple nips in as well and a touch. Fades quickly. With water a little warmer but much the same lasts longer, savoury grain note pops in right at the end.
Mark – neat 7.9, with water 8.1
Overall: This is good stuff, its not spectacular by any means but its a decent straight-forward dram. Not a bad bottle to have around if you are after an easy but tasty experience to just relax after a big day.