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Chivas 35 years old and 18 years old

Chivas 35 years old and 18 years old


The oldest blend I have drunk […]

Recently, a friend invited me to a tasting of Chivas 35 years old. I have to admit that this is the oldest blend with which I have dealt with and I was very curious what it has to offer. It took us some time to synchronize terms, but in the end we were able to meet. We sat in three of us and began debating what to give as a primer. Initially we thought about Strathisla, as an important component of Chivas, but we doubt whether single malt does not turn out too dominant for further tasting. Finally, we chose Chivas 18 years old, hoping to observe the effect of age on the taste and smell. Here we go. Chivas 18 years old, 40% ABV. N: citruses, candied fruits, candied cherries, dried apricots, pleasantly sweet, very nice and quiet, plus there is no impact of alcohol; T: here already I feel a little of alcohol, but without exaggeration, grain is also there but quite balanced, some fruits, apricot, dried apricot, peach and pineapple, a drop of orange juice; F: medium length, with pineapple and maybe an orange. I miss a little bit of dark tones, smoke, peat, but it is precisely this style of Chivas, rather quiet, gentle and soft. Score: 82. Once we realized the fundamental tasting experience of Chivas, we went to the star of the evening - Chivas 35 years old. In this case, we had a cask strength - 45.8% ABV and un-chillfiltered. Chivas 35 years old, 45,8%, un-chillfiltered. C: amber (maybe natural); N: orange, orange peel, fudge, tangerines, there are also candied fruits and dried apricots, white pepper, subtle notes of honey, heather, toffee, caramel, no graininess, nor alcohol irritation, after a drop of water even floral; T: quite a lot of sparks on the tongue, which quickly passes, a lot of pineapple, including grilled pineapple, also peach, grapefruit, quite deep and intense, pleasurable tones of wood, vanilla, a touch of charcoal; F: long with pineapple. You can feel that this Chivas, it is sweet, nice, even floral. After 35...

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  • Chivas Regal 12 years old

    Chivas Regal 12 years old


    Testing / Tasting
    (74 points)

    12 year old blend

    Several people have asked me to present some tasting impressions of blends. Usually I do not give them too much time, which is reflected in blog posts, but there are no obstacles to write about them from time to time. Generally blends are a bit different products than single malts. These first are mainly used for drinking in the company, at parties, on the rocks, with cola or in cocktails. In the case of single malts primarily I sink in their fragrances and flavors in quiet atmosphere....

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  • Strathisla 12 years old

    Strathisla 12 years old


    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (78 points)

    Single malt in a fair price

    Strathisla Distillery was founded in 1786 and is located in the town of Keith in Speyside. The company belongs to the Chivas Brothers, which in turn is owned by Pernod Ricard. Strathisla 12 years old has recently appeared in my collection. It was purchased at the Budapest Airport in a fair price - 30 Euro per liter bottle. Unfortunately whisky is chillfiltered, colored with caramel and bottled at 40% ABV. [caption id=attachment_2835 align=alignnone width=801] Strathisla 12 years...

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  • Scapa 12 years old

    Scapa 12 years old


    Testing / Tasting
    (81 points)

    Orcadian Single Malt

    Scapa Distillery lies on the Orkney Islands in Scotland, which makes it one of the most northerly located distillery. On the same island there is also Highland Park. [caption id=attachment_1489 align=alignnone width=801] Scapa 12 years old[/caption] Barley used in the production isnt peated, but its water flows through the peat bogs. Single malt production for many years is maintained at a low level. The distillery belongs to the Chivas Bros, which in turn is owned by Pernod...

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