Chivas always delivers dried fruits initially, and this 25 year-old is no different, with raisin, dry apricots and peaches making an impression. In mouth, the body is actually lighter than the dark color would suggest. The taste starts with the same fruity approach, but with more citrus zests and fresh orange segments. Then come the sweetness, vanilla and cinnamon, plus a touch of smokiness that gives structure to the whisky. It all works very well together.
Chivas Regal claim to be the first ones to launch a luxury whisky in 1909. At that time, their whisky was released as a 25 year old blend to much success, particularly in the US, and then Prohibition occurred. Nearly 100 years later (2007), the Chivas Regal 25 was re-released on the market to offer a similar experience. For a brand that has been around for decades, it is actually surprising that their portfolio had not included a 25 year old until now.