You might remember I mentioned a while ago about 101 whiskies to try before you die by Ian Buxton. Well, whenever I get the opportunity to try the whiskies in it I make the time to review them. Mainly because I want to finally finish it one day. Of course, some of the whiskies in it have become ridiculously expensive or unavailable. Like the Hibiki 30, which I doubt I’ll ever get to try now.
Anyway, I’m getting there as I’m on about 75ish.
The packaging is pretty cool for this I have to say. Big modern looking box, heavy metal glittery stopper. Really goes with your Ferrari y’know. I was very much expecting style over substance.
Chivas Regal 25 40%
Nose: Sweet, lots of orange, well balanced and soft, quite floral, some oak, some warehouse but the grain keeps it light. Nice nose.
Taste: Soft, sweet, nice balance, orange, floral then oak, juicy orange, quite oily at first then drier. Dried flowers, spicy ginger. The floral notes are very welcome and the grain isn’t very noticeable at all.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Complex oak really comes through. 70% dark chocolate and coffee beans. Quite a simple finish but pretty long for a blend. Again, the malt talking I think.
I was perfectly prepared to hate this but it surprised me. Much greater proportion of malt in this than I was expecting. Mostly Strathisla probably, although I haven’t had much of it to back that claim up.
Thanks for reading!
Scotch Review #518
Whisky Network Review #610
Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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