We were recently asked to taste two amazing whiskies head to head, Johnnie Walker Blue Label vs. Chivas Regal 18.
Chivas Regal 18
Chivas Regal 18 includes over 20 of Scotland’s rarest single malt whiskies
Quite strong on the nose with a slight oakyness.
The color is a rich dark amber.
On the tongue Chivas 18 is smooth, fruity and warm with caramel accents. Every sip is smooth, velvety and wonderful.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
This is one of the most storied of all blended scotch whiskies, most would be happy for a mere sip. Blue Label is a bland of some of the rarest scotch Johnnie Walker can find all presented handsomely in a numbered bottle and fancy box.
It is a light amber in color, I’d say it looks like autumn. It is lighter when compared to the Chivas.
This rarest of blends is very slight on the nose, with just a hint of smokiness.
The tongue is smooth almost muted, almost the opposite of the Chivas. The Blue Label has notes of honey, rose and chocolate and has an amazingly warm finish. It sneaks up in you. (in a good way)
While some might say the Chivas has more character, which it might, the Blue Label wins hands down. Why? It’s the velvety smoothness that wraps around your tongue and warms from within. Whereas the Chivas has just a touch of boozy harshness. While the are both amazing, the Blue lives up to its reputation as a must-have blend. Of course, the Chivas 18 retails for about $60, while the Blue Label is about $200 (I did find it for $160). So maybe a touch of harshness isn’t so bad.