Scotch - Blended

Chivas Regal 12yr Premium Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2004

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2008
  • 2014

Proof66 Notes

Chivas Regal 12yr blended scotch is their biggest selling and flagship expression. They consider it an "unbroken tradition" going back to the very first whisky Chivas produced.

Chivas Brothers was founded in 1801 by James and John Chivas (the brothers) to create the perfect scotch whisky for "sharing with friends." At this time, single malt whiskies were (in their words) "harsh" and "poorly matured." By blending whiskies, the Chivas brothers were able to make famous a more drinkable brand of whisky. Chivas claims the Strathisla Distillery of Speyside as "the heart" of their blend. The brand is owned b French-based Pernod-Ricard.

Chivas Regal was made famous by the "rat pack" of Hollywood (and Las Vegas) fame.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 18 ratings and 18 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (38) (2016-09-22)
As one of the best-selling Blended Scotches in the world (after JW Black Label), Chivas Regal 12 certainly stands out from the crowd of cheap and low quality alternatives. Fruity and slightly aromatic notes with honey, caramel and vanilla characterize the nose. No exiting features or great complexity can be found though. The lead malt Strathisla 12 comes through in the taste: it is light and sweet with creamy honey, red apples, toffee and a pleasant nuttiness. Old refill cask bitterness remains of a quickly gone finish. A flawless but uneventful blended whisky with age statement. RATING: 2.9/5.0 ≙ 82 pts
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lorax735 lorax735 (43) (2016-03-13)
Not impressed. Even for a blend. Uninspiring. Very mild and straight forward without complexity. Not worth price point. Would rather have JW Black.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-09-22):
That's probably the whole point of decent Blended Scotch: being accessible to as many people as possible, not overwhelming anyone with fancy features or big complexity. Sure, there are exceptions (Compass Box Blended Malts, for example) - but these are not made for the big market.

DrunkBadger DrunkBadger (14) (2016-02-21)
Ehh ok. Thought it could have been less harsh.
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US Spirit US Spirit (47) (2015-12-23)
I could give this a third star (which is pretty high praise for me with a blended scotch) if it was cheaper. Generally this costs at least as much as Johnny Walker Black, which is both smoother and more interesting. I'll hand it to them, Chivas is more interesting than Johnny Walker Red and both more interesting (and less disgusting) than Dewar's White Label, but its not very smooth at all. For $40 a fifth I don't think its unreasonable to ask that an 80 proof spirit burn no more than oh say Jack Daniel's. Anyway, this is a bit peaty, a bit sweet, a bit grainy, but without the "honey/meadow/heather" notes I get in what I'd describe as a "good" Scotch or Irish whiskey (not saying those are a requirement, just that all the one's I've had that I'd describe as good have had those notes). I guess if you just want to make sure you've tried every major blend, or if somehow you found a bottle of this for like $25 and like scotch it would be worth a try. But as long as this costs the same as (or a bit more than) Johnny Walker Black, I'd take JWB every day of the week and twice on Sunday. 2.5 stars.
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bigstang bigstang (9) (2015-06-04)
Good, yum.
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nashdaq nashdaq (20) (2015-02-16)
A little smoke honey taste, rough first taste, well rounded body, not to harsh, go down nice, and a little bit sweet after taste, i think i put it a between the black label and the old parr
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Filthee Filthee (54) (2015-01-30)
Fruity (think apples and pears), slightly honeyed, a little bit of smoke(not peat necessarily). Taste wise I would rank it just over four stars, and if I could find it at $30 I would give it another star for value but where I am at the price is a little too high in my opinion ($40). For the same price I can get other great blends or some good single malts for a few dollars more
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rolugomi rolugomi (34) (2015-01-09)
Fresh apples and nuts. Slightly smoky. Good finish and a decent drink.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-06-21)
There doesn't seem to be a lot of variation in the flavor of all the blends that I've tried. This one is a slightly blander version of the rest of them. A bit of grain alcohol sweetness and a hint of smoke.......and nothing else. No off flavors, but a little too boring for me.
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Hotspur17 Hotspur17 (35) (2014-05-26)
If you like blended scotch get JW Black for a little more or step it up to the Chivas 18yr.
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antiquecollector antiquecollector (28) (2013-10-27)
I like the nose, smells great but the taste is not there. I think JW black is better.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-09-26)
Light body, reasonably smooth, low on flavor. Better than dewars weaker than black label. Lots better whiskey out there to be explored but this is okay
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Thor_Foote Thor_Foote (10) (2013-05-21)
The dram of the nouveaux riche. Light body, not much if any peatyness, overpriced. You're paying for the image, for the marketing, and for the pretty box.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-09-22):
Well, I have to disagree. In case of JW Gold, Platinum or Blue Label, you certainly pay for the brand rather than for the quality in the bottle. Both Chivas 12 and JW Black Label 12 have an age statement - which is rather an exception in the market of Blended Scotches. They are both not too expensive and significantly better than for example Red Label, Ballantines Finest or J&B Rare.

TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2012-07-16)
Tried it neat with my wife.  It is smooth, nice burn, no bad traits.  It also has nothing special to offer. 
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magezi magezi (55) (2012-03-08)
This is the whisky, which everyone who doesn't know about whiskies at all like. It's so easy as candy bar. There's nothing interesting here, only very smooth kind of "luxurious" taste.
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bourbob bourbob (24) (2011-10-10)
Very different than Jw black, but excellent in its own right. A great every day scotch. Try 18 yr for special occassions.
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LAKERS LAKERS (7) (2011-04-04)
Definitely a classic drink, but more appropriate for mixing or on the rocks if you like that. A decent entry-level scotch. Its a little smoky, but palatable.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (2011-03-15)
The first time I tried Chivas, I was also tasting JW Black alongside it. And to me they seem nearly identical. Not sure if thats a good thing for Chivas or a bad thing for JW Black, but that was my impression. My sentiments are partially confirmed since Chivas is the second best-selling blend behind JW Black. In that sense it is a perfectly fine whisky, but it needs to cut its own path. The only off-putting thing about Chivas is the overly dramatic bottle presentation, which tries to be so much more than it is.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-09-22):
I think the main difference between Chivas and JW Black Label is their 'degree of peatiness'. People who don't like peat will probably prefere Chivas over JW Black Label.

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