I just posted a photo on Instagram of us kicking off our weekend with a dram of Chivas Regal’s new expression ‘Extra’ but I’ve got to confess that I drank half the bottle with a friend last night. Chivas Regal Extra is the first release from Chivas in almost 10 years and I think its added some nice depth to the line up.
Personally I find it kind of strange that its taken Chivas this long to produce, firstly, a new expression and secondly, a predominantly sherry cask aged blend. Johnnie Walker has produced multiple new whiskies in the last 5-10 years (and that’s forgetting the special editions released for the Duty free and Asian markets) and the single malt distilleries have been exploring the use of Sherry casks for years, most notably Glenmorangie. I’m looking forward to asking Chivas’ Master Blender Colin Scott why it’s taken them so long when he’s in town next month.
Getting onto the whisky itself, I think Colin has done a pretty solid job. The Extra has the profile of a very drinkable blended whisky but adds some complexity to Chivas’ signature style. The whisky is rich and smooth with a very pleasant viscosity – it feels you’ve got a quality whisky in your mouth. Adding a touch of water opens the flavour profile significantly, it becomes sweeter and ultimately a whisky you could happily sit on all night. We put it to the test last night with a couple of squares of Old Gold Dark Chocolate and can assure you it was a winning combination.
So the question is would I buy it? Yes I would. I think when you look at other blended whiskies in the price range (RRP $73.99) you’ve got a pretty solid product and I think I prefer it to the Chivas 18 YO – its got a bit more legs. If you’ve got a selection of whiskies in your bar at home this could very well become your go to blended whisky.
Chivas Regal Extra launches in retailers this month and can be purschased on premise at the following Chivas Extra Exclusive venues:
NSW – Palmer & Co, Grain, The Barbershop, Eau de Vie, Coal & Cedar (Newcastle), The Roadhouse(Byron Bay)
VIC – Eau de Vie, Cookie, The Toff in Town, Whisky & Alement
QLD – Cobbler Bar, Gresham, The Bowery
SA – The Botanic, Collin’s Bar
WA – Bar Lafayette, The Classroom
ACT – Molly’s