Showing posts with label Chivas Regal Ultis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chivas Regal Ultis. Show all posts

Chivas Regal Ultis

”(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People” 

Whisky Review # 917

Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Brand: Chivas Regal Ultis
Type: Blended Malt Whisky
Age: NAS
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 40%
Maturation: A Mix of Ex-Bourbon Casks and Spanish Oak Sherried Wood
Chill Filtration: Yes
Price Range : US$ 130-160 (June 2021)
Price/Quality Ratio: 👎 Too expensive for what it offers. 
Buying Advice: 😑 The Blend is Okay but Thin. Regrettably Forgettable.


Amber with shades of Orange (Artificially Colored)


The first thing I have to notice is the rather hesitant delivery of the Ultis. I simply can't imagine that Chivas goes through all this care and love for this luxury Blend and then bottle it at 40%. It doesn't make sense from a quality point of view. It's still not bad mind you but the statement could have been so much stronger. It's quite Sweet with Malt, (Dried) Fruit, Caramel & Spices leading the way. The Sherry influence is noticeable but not too strong. Good Balance between the two types of Oak used for the maturation.

Main Aromas:

Sweet Barley, Buttered Toast, Caramel, Sweet Apples, Red Berries, Orange, Herbal Tea, Pepper, Cinnamon, Tobacco and Leather.

Supportive Aroma Accents:

Honey, Vanilla, Bounty Candy Bars, Charred Oak, Grass and Straw, Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruits, Marzipan, Nectarines, Mandarin, Forest Floor, Dusty Track, Cardamom and Nutmeg.

Strathisla, the Rainy Home of Chivas


A Balanced mix of Sweet, Bitter & Sour notes. It just lacks the Power. What a pity!

Main Flavours:

Sweet Barley, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Grass & Straw, Mixed Nut and Dried Fruits, Sweet Apple, Orange, Peardrops, Charred Oak, Dusty Track, Tobacco, Pepper, Cinnamon and Ginger.

Supportive Flavour Accents:
Honey, Toffee, Bounty Candy Bars, Nectarine, Mandarin, Papaya Cream, Leather, Nutmeg, Cloves, Mint , Herbal Tea and Licorice.

Tormore Distillery


Short/Middle-Long, Bitter-Sweet and Medium Dry. The inadequate ABV leaves you with this thin impression and mouthfeel that spoils most of the fun. There's also a certain quantity of indifferent casks in the mix. I find Sweet Barley, Salted Caramel, Toffee, Vanilla, Honey, Sugar, Mixed Dried Fruit & Nuts, Orange, Dusty Track, Grass & Straw, Oak Char, Red Grapefruit, Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Licorice, Mint, Cacao, Tobacco, Leather and Black Espresso.

Drinking Advice:

No need to add Water to the Ultis. It's thin enough as it is.

Rating: 82.5

Nose: 21.5 - Taste: 20.5 - Finish: 20 - Overall: 20.5

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay/Good.


The Ultis is the first ever Blended Malt produced by Chivas. The use of five Single Malts (Allt-A-Bhainne, Braeval, Longmorn, Strathisla and Tormore) honors the fact that Chivas only had five Master-Blenders since the Blend was introduced in 1909, namely Charles Howard, Charles Julian, Allan Baillie, Jimmy Lang and Colin Scott. The name Ultis is a combination from the Latin words Ultimate and Fortis meaning Strength.

I had expected so much more! The Blenders of Chivas had the chance to produce something memorable on this special occasion. Their biggest sin was to bottle this at 40% but I also feel the cask management could have been much better. It's not a bad Blend mind you & relatively well-balanced but you should expect that at this price level. But it's also utterly forgettable & that's exactly something that a special occasion edition should not be. The Master Blenders of Chivas deserve something better and so do we!


Jan van den Ende                                                                             June 2, 2021

Longmorn Distillery