Ultis is the first blended malt from Chivas Regal. A blend of five Speyside malts – Allt a’Bhainne, Braeval, Longmorn, Strathisla and Tormore – this is a rounded, complex and full-flavoured whisky.
Nose: As expected – a rich and rounded malt. More malt and fruit than spice – something like peaches and plums. Cinnamon and ginger. Raisins too. There’s a slightly salty note but overall this is one fruity and rounded malt.
Palate: A lot of oily texture with the oily substance lingering on the tongue. Heavier than the nose but still a smooth malt. Heavy fruit (peach) and alcohol.
Finish: Medium. A spicy / sweet woodiness lingers. It’s a little thin and a little over-powering; like a malt with too much malt and not enough fruit. Some evenness from first to last with some fruit and a slight salty note.
As you can see this is a highly enjoyable whisky. It isn’t the most intense and certainly isn’t the most complex of the Chivas blends (we’ll get to that) but it’s good whisky and a great intro to blended malt (and indeed to whisky in general).
“Superbly balanced, delicately flavoured and ready to be enjoyed at regular intervals.”
Chivas Regal Ultis – The Glass
Like other blended malts it is straightforward, simple and often plastic. A whisky in a glass full of ice, a dram with a good aroma but less to offer taste-wise.
I like the shape of the glass too – it has a Johnnie Walker style and gives the impression of a slightly sophisticated dram. So it’s a good party whisky and good on ice.
“Very easy and friendly” – this dry but easy whisky is a real pick me up with a very enjoyable fruity malt.
“It’s hot, honeyed and smooth” – a mixture of sweet honey, ethanol and malt. Not hugely complex but very tasty.
“Lovely, fresh, light and easy-going” – so fruity I would almost say it is dessert wine but not sweet!
“Very seductive with bright fruity tones and an appealing woodiness.” – this is certainly like a big juicy peach with a slight smokiness.
Chivas Regal Ultis is no competition for Chivas Regal 15 – it’s a simpler, easier drinking vanilla and malt malt. So if you like Chivas 15, you’ll like Chivas Regal Ultis. I think this is good malt.
Chivas Regal Ultis has a good, colourful and aromatic nose and oily texture. It’s fruity (peach) and floral (cinnamon) with an oily savoury quality. There is a slight oily and slightly sweet, almost lemony quality too. But the oily texture is more than matched by strong floral – and alcoholic – notes. It’s definitely fruity, floral and oily. This isn’t to say it isn’t good whisky. It’s a great malt whisky. However it’s not subtle or complex and certainly not like a malt that has been made for the sherry cask. At 43% it’s relatively high ABV and the fruity, floral heavy palate is certainly strong. Not unexpected with a blend of five different Speyside malts.
I think in this case (as often happens in blends) Chivas is aiming for something a bit bigger and a bit better than the malts they’ve chosen. This is a very good malt – enjoyable and easy-drinking. But this is the sort of malt that you’ll want to have a few of. At a tidy (for a blended malt) it’s certainly a great value.I’d drink it again.
A very good whisky albeit one that’s a bit heavy for everyday drinking.
Chivas Regal Ultis Recommendation:
A great blended malt whisky. Drink it within a good couple of years of opening.
It feels great with one sip !!! A good malt whisky – not complex but refreshing and easy to drink.
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It’s got the right fruit and picked up fruit aromas. It has a nice floral sweetness and a herbal, peppery spiciness, it’s a good malt.
This lighter bodied whisky has a strong, slightly salty flavour that lingers on the palate. The floral mouth-feel is there but I felt that it was almost like a lesser version of Chivas 12 – like a rich Scottish Hermitage, say. This is a Scottish malt but the hint of sherry is strong and the sweet amber, fruity flavours are caramel, toffee, spices. It’s like a rich malt with a predominate influence from the casks it has been matured in – a heavy, sweet and fruity whisky with a spiced note. It’s a closed, regular malt – a whisky you could have every day. Great for hot summer days, with a bit of fruit and floral flavour.
Chivas Regal Ultis is a strong, fruity malt with more flavour than character. A fruity floral malt. The aroma is very aromatic – fruity floral, sweet, a great fruity malt. A robust, fruity and well-rounded malt whisky, with an accurate spicy appeal. It has a strong alcohol taste on the finish.
This is a light, fruity whisky, with a fresh floral character. It has a good smoothness and a fruity, slightly bitter finish. The best part of Chivas Regal Ultis is the aftertaste. So fine and so elegant is this whisky that it is almost fragile.
So fruity, so floral with an oily quality, and a touch of smoky sweetness. This is a malt that you could sip and not worry about boring your friends.
Chivas Regal Ultis (43%) is a light bodied, fruity malt that has a sweet, sharp flavour. A malt so rich and sweet that you just want to take another sip.