Chivas Regal 25
Added on Friday, Jan 16, 2009 at 02:24 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Scotland
  Price: $280 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Let's just start off by saying this is ludicrously drinkable.  If the point of blended whisky is to make it that way -- more "accessible" if you will -- then this is a triumphant success.  Nose is quite fruity, and despite the age and grain, malty. Palate is sweet but not too sweet, and fruity.  There's caramel, some green notes, and a bready-ness.  It also has none of the gaseous (read: slightly farty) aspects that the 12 and 18 have (although I like 'em there).  A whisky that's so inoffensive, yet so likeable.  If you like whisky, you cannot not like this.  Obviously the problem here is the price... but one could argue that you get what you pay for.  This is the best blended scotch whisky I've had to date.  
Tastes like a low abv speysider with not much going on.  Very balanced, round, sweet, and drinkable.  No grain taste to be found.  Begs the question:  Why go through so much trouble to blend a whisky to taste like there's no grain in it?  Why not just skip it?  See Black Bull 30 for one that I think actually works. 

n: more fruit on the nose, waxed tropical fruit mix, fresh meadow air.


t: soft and cohesive, everything comes together and has a nice white sugar glaze sweetness. Reminds me of lemon custard dusted with powdered sugar. Nice but so well balanced and put together nothing really resonates with me.


[B. compared side by side to Chivas 18] 



n: Orange and cedar.  Nice except that is stings a bit.


p: Mortlachy.  Sort of caramel but nothing great comes out.  Toasted orange peel and bread dough.  Finish goes fast.


Nice enough but I feel like I've had a lot of single malts in the $50-$90 range that do exactly this.  This will go well for the "smooth whisky" guys.  It is. 

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