Aged: 12 years
Product of: United Kingdom
The marketing folk at Chivas Regal describe the beautiful Highlands’ Strathisla malt whisky distillery as the “spiritual home” of Chivas. Strathisla and other Pernod-Ricard owned Speyside malts are indeed the main malts on which this blended whisky is based.
The origins of this blended Scotch whisky lie in a grocers and wine merchants opened in Aberdeen by William Edward in 1801. James Chivas joined him as his assistant in 1836. Five years later, when Edward died, Chivas took over the business with a partner. In 1857, James dissolved his partnership and brought his brother John into the business, creating the company still known today as Chivas Brothers.
Chivas Regal was created in 1909 by the then owners of Chivas Brothers (neither of them family members) with a view to the lucrative U.S. market. In 1949 Seagram & Sons took over both the brand and Chivas Brothers Ltd, both of which today form part of the vast Pernod-Ricard portfolio.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 02/01/2016
Clear, mid-golden amber.
Heather honey, wild herbs, linseed oil, a wisp of smoke, a hint of pear and a slight whiff of fiberglass resin.
Starts rich and fruity with honeyed apples before developing with a touch of smoky vanilla, Christmas cake, butterscotch, preserved lemon tang, black pepper and spice (hint of clove).
Nutty - walnut and hazelnut, spicy, dry finish.
Initial rich and fruity honeyed pear and apple quickly dries with oak and smoky vanilla before finishing nutty and spicy.
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap