Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal has announced that it is introducing Chivas Regal Extra, a new expression to its portfolio. Australia will be the first country in the world to launch the first new expression produced outside the travel retail channel in almost ten years.

Chivas Regal Extra
Chivas Regal Extra

Chivas Regal Extra has an ABV of 40% and sits in the premium blends range between Chivas Regal 12 Year Old and Chivas Regal 18 Year Old. The whisky bears no age statement and is made from a select blend of whiskies matured in a higher proportion of sherry casks.

The media release states that Chivas Regal Extra has the signature character of Chivas Regal with layers of subtle spice.

“Fruity and sweet on the nose, with aroma of ripe pears and melon, creamy toffee and milk chocolate, balanced with cinnamon and a hint of ginger. The resulting taste is an alluring combination of sweet ripe pears in syrup and vanilla caramel, well balanced with the subtle warmth of cinnamon sweets and almonds in the background.”

Australia is the first country to launch Chivas Regal Extra during September 2014. Chivas has partnered with select bars nationally where consumers can purchase a Chivas drink and receive a complimentary sample of Chivas Regal Extra. Participating venues in NSW include Palmer & Co, Grain Bar, The Barber Shop, Eau de Vie Bar in Sydney, Coal & Cedar in Newcastle, The Roadhouse in Byron Bay. Other participating interstate bars include Eau de Vie, Cookie, The Toff in Town, Whisky & Alement in Victoria, Cobbler Bar, The Gresham, The Bowery in Queensland, The Botanic, Collin’s Bar in South Australia, Bar Lafayette, The Classroom in WA and Molly in the ACT.

Chivas Regal Extra has a RRP of $73.00 AUD and will soon be available in leading national liquor retailers.

We will update this post with our tasting notes once we have had the opportunity to taste the new whisky.

Chivas Regal Extra Tasting Notes

Updated 7 September 2014 – Since we first published this article, we had the opportunity to taste Chivas Regal Extra along with Chivas 18 YO.

Chivas Regal Extra is a little darker in colour, with a deeper amber hue. In the glass, it displays marked viscosity and long legs compare to the 18 YO.

On the nose, the sherry notes are immediately evident. Orchard fruit leads the way to dried fruit in particular dried apricots and pears with a hint of spice, mainly cinnamon and ginger. Viscous on the palate, the Christmas cake character comes though along with almonds, vanilla and some caramel. The finish is dry, medium to long with a soft chewy moutfeel and dark chocolate on the back palate.

Chivas Regal Extra bridges the gap between Chivas 12 YO and 18YO nicely and the price point of RRP $73 AUD makes it quite accessible. While the whisky exhibits some vibrancy and youth in character compared to its older sibling, it is very approachable to a whisky novice and makes for very pleasant dramming for the more seasoned drinker.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.