Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Extra is quite a sophisticated blended scotch. Why's that you ask? Well first of all; the packaging, it's elegant and makes you feel fancy just opening it. That is, for a blended scotch that's cost less than $100. The whisky itself is actually matured in a sherry cask which helps create a more rich and generous flavour. At least that's what it says on the bottle. If anything it just made me more curious to try this out and see if there is much of a difference to the original 12 Year Old Chivas Regal.
Ok, so the smell of Chivas Extra really just seems the same as normal Chivas. It has some fruity scents but nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. Or 'Extra'. Tasting this however is interesting. It's nippy at first but there's this smooth oaky taste that just becomes smoother the longer you leave it in your mouth. There's definitely more depth in this compared to the normal Chivas which I suppose is the 'Extra' part of it. I guess that's sort of the bolder taste you're going to have for a sherried blended whisky. It's also not as strong as you anticipate it to be with the alcohol volume of 40%.
My expectations of this was quite high when I first discovered it as I did always enjoy drinking Chivas Regal. Which is why I didn't like it this at first but after giving it some time I can see why people might be buying this over other whiskies.
The Bar Test
Mixing this with coke taste awesome. It's smooth and has a classic scotch and coke flavour. It's oaky but with nothing on the nose. There is no smell. Not like it's a deal breaker but I guess for a supposedly fancy drink it was expected. It's easy to drink with its smooth pleasant taste so you won't be complaining. It almost seems like a warm flat coke which might sound weird but it keeps a chilled taste.
The bar test is awesome but you could likely find another whisky that taste just as good with coke at a cheaper price. If you plan to drink it straight then I recommend it if you're taking your time with it. It taste smoother the longer you savour it.
With the above in mind, Chivas Regal Extra is a blended whisky that I'd probably only purchase if it was on special. It's good but I wouldn't be going out of my way to try it again anytime soon.
1. It's bad. Do NOT have a one-to-one ratio of coke and Extra. It smells as bad as it tastes too. "Hits you with its best shot but follows up with a surprisingly fruity and chill aftertaste" - Arty.
2. No smell. Thankfully. However I think it's worse than 1. It starts off as coke before falling off a cliff into a woody hell.
3. Really bitter here. It's drinkable but not enjoyable. Apparently smells like playdough.
4. This is somehow really different to the bar test. It has its own unique sweet flavour with a horrible aftertaste.
$55 per 700ml bottle
Standard price at Dan Murphy's Australia, prices may vary.