Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#19 • Chivas Regal Ultis

  • Rank: 19
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 90
  • Price: $160
  • ABV: 40%
  • Style: Blended Malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland

The first blended malt to carry the Chivas Regal name was created as a tribute to the legacy of the five master blenders, from Charles Howard in 1895 to Colin Scott. Malts from five of Pernod Ricard’s Speyside distilleries (Strathisla, Longmorn, Tormore, Allt-a-Bhainne, and Braeval) were used to create intricate and elaborate flavors.

Even more enchanting than the story are the aromas of fresh red apple, cherry, peach, and mango, mingled with cinnamon and dry heather. This luxurious whisky delivers dark vanilla, soft fruits, chocolate-dipped Brazil nuts, and is cloaked in sumptuous layers of caramel, wood spices, and gingersnaps. Outstanding. —Jonny McCormick