Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Oak straight up, giving way to fruit – a hint of citrus orange. A general vanilla sweetness with powdered sugar.
With water: More oak amazingly but then custard and banana.
Sweet but with a peppery spice coming on quickly. This gives way to vanilla, orange citrus, oak and hazelnuts at the end.
With water: As well as pepper cloves join the mix providing a slight numbing effect. Custard comes through as well to join the vanilla.
Hazelnuts and sweet custard, slightly drying.
With water: Some milk chocolate joins the custard sweetness.
This is a blend rather than a single malt and it often gets ignored… in fact I’m guilty of ignoring it, partly because it’s everywhere and it’s cheap (around the £20 – £25 mark) and partly because I just didn’t like the label. I know, I know, that’s very shallow of me, but it’s true. Despite knowing that a nice label/bottle does not necessarily a good whisky make I can still be biased towards a whisky based on it’s design.
That’s the wrong approach to take to whisky though and this is certainly a case in point (I’ve done my time on the naughty step for ignoring it!) After trying the Chivas Regal 18 last year I realised that I shouldn’t overlook their whisky and so I finally got round to trying the 12 year. This is full of flavour and has nice depth to it – not huge amounts but enough to make it interesting and certainly enough for the price. So don’t be like me and overlook this or other whiskies just because the design doesn’t appeal to you!
Taken from The Chivas Website.
CHIVAS REGAL 12
SMOOTH, RICH AND GENEROUS
Chivas Regal 12 is a blend of many different malt and grain Scotch whiskies, matured for at least 12 years. This rich, smooth blend combines style with substance and tradition.
An aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits.
Round and creamy with a full, rich taste of honey and ripe apples, with vanilla, hazelnut and butterscotch notes.
Rich and lingering.