Scotch Wars: The Glenrothes Select Reserve vs Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

13 Oct

I know I said we were going for the Glenfiddich next, but my dad bought some duty free scotch for Cat and James – Chivas Regal 12 year old blended scotch whisky. It’s not a brand that James would have picked for himself (and the bottle is quite plain, so not a brand I would have picked either), but I guess that’s what makes things interesting. There was also a mini bottle of some 18 year old Chivas Regal, so expect that to pop up in future Scotch Wars.

So, how did the Chivas Regal stack up against the Glenrothes?

The Glenrothes Select Reserve Scotch Whisky ($69.99)

As you can see the Glenrothes has been depleted somewhat since the last Scotch War. James’ opinion of it hasn’t changed – he thinks it is a light, fruity scotch that is interesting because it’s different from what he is used to, but not worth the price.

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky ($45.99)

James thought this tasted really watered down. He said it lacked any interesting characteristics – even the “soothing” and “warming” sensation of the also-unremarkable Johnny Walker Black. He said the only positive he could think of was that it wasn’t harsh-tasting like Johnny Walker Red.

The Winner

The Glenrothes lives to fight another day. It was a more comprehensive victory than last time – James said that even though he thinks the Glenrothes is bad value, he would choose it over the Chivas Regal. He is not allowed to drink any more of the Glenrothes until he finishes the Chivas Regal, and I think the only thing getting him through this is the anticipation of the Glenfiddich.

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4 Responses to “Scotch Wars: The Glenrothes Select Reserve vs Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky”

  1. Cat October 14, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I’m having a scotch tasting night with my friends next week. I’ll let you know if thre are any noteworthy ones from that.

    James should also come over sometime and taste my 4 new scotches. The 18 year old Glenlivet is particularly nice and smooth, and I think the Glenmorangie has a really nice aroma to it.

    • pamperedhousewife October 14, 2011 at 9:42 am #

      We will come over when we have bought our next scotch – then you can try the Glenrothes one, the 18 year old Chivas Regal (lol) and the Glenfiddich.

  2. polittacking October 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    lol @ you telling james he can’t drink anymore scotch until he finishes his scotch

    • pamperedhousewife October 14, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Otherwise it wouldn’t get finished! We have limited space in the booze cupboard. =(

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