I have written about Chivas Regal before, but never had I actually purchased a bottle of their whisky till very recently. On a whim, I picked up their Chivas Regal Mizunara blended whisky.
Mizunara is the Japanese oak used to marry the flavors of this Japanese inspired blended whisky. The wood itself evokes notes like vanilla, spices and coconut. It has become a wood that is highly regarded for maturing whisky.
Master Distiller Colin Scott was inspired to create this expression after a trip to Japan. The blend itself are hand selected malt and grain whiskies. Originally released in 2014, this Special Edition was created for the Japanese market, but it has now made its way around to us.
Nose: rich, fruity, pear and oranges
Palate: silky, with sweet notes of vanilla, honey, pear, spices and hazelnuts
Finish: creamy smooth with ending notes of spice
Wow, I was absolutely surprised by this whisky. I went into thinking that it would simply just be an OK whisky but, it was far more than just OK, it is fantastic. This whisky is smooth from start to finish. There is no burn and the oily notes don’t linger in your mouth.
The quality and taste are well above the price tag. I purchased this bottle at $39.99 and I feel it was a bit of a steal. It’s a whisky that is effortless, balanced and delicious. I think whisky drinkers and non-whisky drinker a like would enjoy, because it is easy to drink. The sweet and spicy notes blend harmoniously without having one overpower another.
I would highly recommend trying if you can find it. I am very happy I purchased this bottle and would purchase again. It’s well worth it!
Other Chivas Blogs: Chivas Regal 12 year-old; Chivas Regal Extra and 18 year-old
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.