Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
90–95 pts. Wine Enthusiast: December 1, 2008
The nosing finds dry grainy notes with background scents of dried flowers and parchment, and deeper fragrances of light toffee, almond paste and yellow fruit. Entry is oily, buttery and semisweet; the whiskey dazzles at midpalate with layered flavors of brown butter, cooking oil, barley malt and oatmeal cookie underpinned by the single malt foundation. Concludes smoky, satiny and ultra-sophisticated. Best Buy.
90–95 pts. Wine Enthusiast: March, 2001
Superb! Gold/amber color. The enchantingly sweet and delicate nose is soft and refined, emitting mature, bountiful aromas of pears, apricots and heather. The palate entry is smoky, then the roasted, peaty qualities accelerate in the throat where they seem to cascade in a complex, vanilla/butterscotch aftertaste that lingers. The intricate flavors are beautifully melded and somehow keep evolving at the rear of the tongue. Chivas’s top-notch character is at once powerful and understated.
88 pts. Wine Enthusiast: May, 1997
Medium gold appearance. Moderately light bodied. Dried citrus, salt, minerals. Subtle smoky malt nose reveals a firm feeling mouthfeel with a minerally complementing a fruity entry through a subtle finish.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal
Bright old gold/maize color; flawless clarity. First whiffs pick up dry grainy notes, in particular, malted barley and wheat, as well as background scents of dried flowers and parchment; seven more minutes aeration bring about deeper fragrances, including light toffee, almond paste, and yellow fruit. Entry is oily texture, buttery, clean, and semisweet; the midpalate stage is where this whisky turns dazzling as layered flavors of sautéed butter, cooking oil, barley malt, and oatmeal cookie are underpinned by the sturdy, slightly smoky single malt foundation created by the Strathisla distillery malt whisky. Concludes smoky, satiny, and ultra-sophisticated. I’ve heard this blended Scotch stupidly described as an “old-fashioned” style. Nothing is further from the reality. Chivas 12 is contemporary and simply and utterly delicious. The official clinic for how a 12 year old blended Scotch should appear, smell, taste and satisfy.
Whiskey Lover’s Diary
With Strathisla malt as the cornerstone, rich, soft and fruity on the nose, with delicate floral aromas. Smooth and gentle in the mouth with a honeysuckle sweetness and a pleasant, lingering finish.