By Matt Goldstein
Qualifiers get a little cliché and seem to be lame excuses for making a claim unsure of how it can be perceived, but let us start out by saying that we absolutely love the Chivas Regal 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky. For about $35, it’s a very solid buy and a very good scotch. However, the older more mature brother, the Chivas Regal 18 Year Blended Scotch Whisky misses the mark when it comes to Scotch. There are too many studs in this category and price range to give this whisky any props at all. The Chivas Regal 18 year retails for about $60 but there is a complete lack of complexity and character. The Chivas Regal 18 is smooth and does have the quintessential blended scotch whisky taste, but that’s about the whole story. “Chivas Regal 18 includes over 20 of Scotland’s rarest single malt whiskies,” according to Chivas. This whisky is just too flat for an experienced taste and right now we cannot recommend it for $60. Check out the awards for the Chivas 18 Year below because these are some strong accolades. We would definitely like to review if again to see if we caught it on a bad day.
2005 Gold winner, Deluxe blend Scotch whisky 18 year old category, International Spirits Competition cocktail awards
2007 Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year, Malt Advocate
2008 Double gold winner, San Francisco World Spirits Competition