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Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

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The Bottom Line

Chivas is known for a series of fine blended Scotch whiskies ranging from a 12 year old to an amazing 25 year old bottling. It is the middle of the range, the 18 year old Gold Signature, that is possibly the most popular and reasonably priced for a Scotch that will impress your taste buds and any friends you may have over for an evening sipper.

Beyond the normal tasting of the Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Scotch, I was asked to compare it to another blended whiskey, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label which sells for three times the price.

Pros

  • Rich, hearty blended scotch that is great for sipping over ice.
  • At $50 a bottle, it's a decent price for premium whisky.
  • Readily available.

Cons

  • None

Description

  • 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Distilled by Chivas Brothers in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Master Blender Colin Scott
  • Imported by Pernod Ricard USA
  • Retails for around $55 per 750mL bottle
  • 40% alc./volume (80 proof)
  • Chivas Regal won Best Scotch Whisky in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Guide Review - Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

The profiles of the two Scotches are completely different - with Chivas being "bolder, sweeter, and with notes of charcoal" and Johnnie Walker Blue being "oakier, softer, and with notes of hay" - and I think which is better is subjective to individual taste. Personally I enjoy a very bold Scotch most of the time so my preference would lean toward Chivas, though I really enjoy Johnnie Walker Blue it can be too light for me, especially when the ice melts. It would depend on what mood I'm in at the moment as to which I choose - I see Chivas being a year round Scotch and Johnnie Walker Blue a summer Scotch. I also did a comparison with Johnnie Walker Black and that is a closer match to Chivas 18 in terms of that bold side of scotch - again, I'm preferring Chivas though.

Yet another consideration is the price. There is an appreciation for Scotches at the over $100 price point, but for the average person it is a luxury. So it was interesting to put two at the ends of the premium spectrum together to find out what you're really missing if you don't spend that extra $100. Beyond a subtle smoothness found in the Johnnie Walker and a completely different flavor profile, the money is well spent either way. Again, Scotch, and whiskey in general, are so subjective to taste that each person should follow their own preferences.

Tasting Notes:
Chivas Regal 18 year old is a rich amber color, that of red wheat, and it opens with the aroma of sweet citrus, apple and a slight amount of oak. The velvet palate is filled with caramel and peat with warm, burnt orange notes. It finishes very dry and slightly spicy with a satisfying smoke at the back.

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 5 out of 5
Odd Pairing, Member Chert04

I am glad to read that there are outstanding blends costing less than JW Blue. Yet, I don't know if it's a way to generate interest in Blue or CR 18, but everyone seems to do this matchup. There's buzz about these whiskeys together. It's not an obvious pairing, as CR 18 is $60, and Blue is $230. Given that there's CR Royal Salute 21 at $160 and CR 25 at $260, why is anyone picking the cheaper 18 for the comparison?? After all, Royal Salute gets ridiculously good reviews and seems a worthy challenger. One whiskey expert, however, rated CR 18 as among the best blended Scotches, basically tied with a special mega-priced Anniversary Blue at more than $150 per shot and a 48-year-old blend called The Last Drop. Wow, makes CR 18 seem like a real bargain.

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