Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak Finish
Recently released this Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak Finish.
From reading the literature this is effectively the standard Chivas 18 blend recipe but it's been married and finished in First Fill American Oak To give it more vanilla and caramel notes, and bottled at 48% and non chill filtered should give it much thicker mouthfeel.
This is delicious, it's full of fudgey flavours and there's slight hints of cask char on the finish but full of flavour. The extra abv and mouthfeel really make this stand out, fabulous stuff.
Thanks to Chivas Bros for the official sample.
First up there's notes of sweet creamy Devon vanilla fudge, then lemon grass and tangy haribos, gentle oak and pine needles, hints there of spicy cinnamon but then the fudge and caramel come back in strong, with slight touches of creamy milk chocolate.
Oh yum, lots of fudge, lots and lots of fudge, caramel, and vanilla essence, there's spicy touches here too but nothing too much it's just a wee edge, there's soft fruits here too, nectarine and peach, oily and syrupy
Sweet, oily, long and lasting with char coming through.
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