Chivas Regal XV Scotch Whisky
4.2Overall Score

Still deciding what you will be drinking this New Year’s Eve? Well, it should be the new release Chivas Regal XV blended scotch whisky. Aged 15 years and finished in Grand Champagne Cognac casks – it is sweet, smooth and satisfying.

Chivas claims this sweet spirit embodies the high-energy spirit of celebration. Richard Black, Global Marketing Director at Chivas Regal, explains:

“We know that Scotch whisky fans love Chivas’ generous house style but are also looking to experiment with new tastes and find new ways in which to enjoy their favourite spirit.

Enter Chivas Regal XV – the perfect expression for those who want to celebrate life with a truly luxurious and unique spirit specifically with the energy of the consumption occasion in mind. A disruptive move for the category, Chivas Regal XV presents a more contemporary side to Scotch and encourages whisky drinkers to create memorable experiences that live on long after the celebration.”

Ah yes, disrupting convention. If you’re experiencing a little déjà vu reading this, you’re not alone. Like many of its peers right now, Chivas are seeking to craft new experiences to appeal to scotch whisky fans, namely the lucrative brand-hopping, experience-chasing millennial market.

We were kind of hoping it would shoot confetti when opened, but sadly this was not the case. No, this is still a serious whisky, but Chivas want you to enjoy it in non-serious settings. You won’t be needing the Hugh Hefner robe, pipe, or crackling fireplace for this one. 

With that in mind, let’s get to celebrating.

Heritage

Chivas Regal XV

Similar to our earlier review of the Allt-A-Bhainne single malt, Chivas Regal XV comes from the Speyside region of Scotland. Unlike Allt-A-Bhainne single malt, Chivas Regal XV is a blend of complimentary grain and single malt whiskies to produce the final product.

All Chivas Regal blends call the Strathisla Distillery home. It is also the oldest operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands, producing whisky since 1786.

The main product of the distillery, Strathisla Single Malt, is at the heart of every Chivas Regal Blend.  Thanks in part to the distillery’s unique small copper stills, Strathisla Single Malt is known for possessing a rich, full-bodied, and fruity flavour once given time to mature.

Chivas Regal XV
Strathisla Distillery may just be the most picturesque in Scotland.
Chivas Regal XV
These unique copper stills are key to producing the unique flavours of Strathisla Single Malt.

Once the whiskies are blended, Chivas Regal XV matures for 15 years, before being placed into Grand Champagne Cognac casks for finishing. Chivas claim that this finishing technique results in a rich, refined, and velvety interpretation of the traditional Chivas house style, making it perfect for everything from shots through to scotch-focused cocktails.

Tasting Notes: Chivas Regal XV

Due diligence: I am merely a dedicated fan of scotch whisky. Although with the many reviews of late I may look into getting a professionally trained palate.

We did things for this review a little differently. We fleetingly thought of visiting a celebratory environment (a bar or a nightclub) to order a couple of different Chival Regal XV drinks, before remembering the horrors of personal space invasion and terrible dance music — hard pass.

Instead, we opted for a small celebration with Chivas Regal XV shots, an Old-Fashioned cocktail, and a nip on the rocks to get a range of impressions. But first, the official tasting summary:

“Chivas XV is a refined, fruity and velvety interpretation of the Chivas house style. The taste is incredibly smooth and fruity with flavours of poached pears intermingled with butterscotch and caramel toffees all rolled up in a wonderful velvety texture. The finish is rounded off with a touch of vanilla.”

Chivas Regal XV on the Rocks

The aroma is very sweet and oaky, with strong citrus and fruit notes cutting through. To the taste, the scotch is very light and fruity, with a sweet creaminess throughout, rounded out by an incredibly smooth and sweet vanilla finish.

Chivas Regal XV

It’s very pleasant to drink and won’t set your oesophagus on fire.

Chivas Regal XV ‘Old Fashioned ‘Cocktail

In our Old Fashioned, the smoothness of the scotch made for a very pleasant mix with the sugar and bitters, resulting in a very smooth, sweet cocktail. We would recommend this If you are looking to mix, and you are happy to pay a little more for your spirits.