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Chivas Regal is one of the world’s bestselling blends. Their range has a classic 12 years old that can easily be found in the supermarket, but they also have an 18 year old and even a 25 year old. In my glass sits the 18 years old, composed of more than 20 whisky’s, both malt and grain. Did you know, by the way, that Chivas actually means ‘narrow place’ in Gaelic? Something for your next whisky quiz? The signature malt in this blend is Strathisla.
The nose is fruity and sweet on apricots, vanilla and pears. It has some freshly baked bread as well. Wait… no… it is a donut with pink icing!
The viscosity leaves a lot to be desired. This needs a lot more body. Having said that, it has a peppery bite before the fruit shines through. Think oranges, honey and… there – the donut returns. Reminds me a bit of orange lemonade, actually. The second sip becomes extremely sweet. All the way in the back is a single grain of salt.
In the finish, which is rather soft, I seem to get a hint of peat. But it is gone before I can think about it more.
I am certain this would go well with a dessert, but as a whisky I find it lacking. Too sweet and simply not interesting. I would rather spend my 60 EUR on something else.