Discover the differences between Chivas Regal 12 vs Crown Royal in this in-depth comparison and decide which whisky is better for You!
Chivas Regal 12
|Nose||Apple, vanilla, lemon curd|
|Palate||Apple, malt, oak, caramel, pepper|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Highball|
|Similar to||Black Label, Buchanan’s 12, Chivas 18|
The nose is full of apple juice aroma, along notes of vanilla and lemon curd.
On the palate Chivas Regal is quite light with not much body, it has oak notes with a touch of caramel and hints of green apple, cinnamon and black pepper.
Finish is short and light with peppery notes and a bit of heat to it, but not harsh.
Nothing special or remarkable about the Chivas 12 but nothing terrible.
I would not drink it neat as I feel it somewhat peppery and bitter but it makes a decent dram to mix with soda making an enjoyable highball.
The taste is not bright, but everything that is needed from a Scotch whisky is present and its price makes it appealing.
Not the easiest whisky but in a highball it becomes quite competent but I recommend looking at the Dewar’s which is more affordable and more versatile.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Chivas 12:
- This whisky is a blend of grain and malt whiskies crafted in an undisclosed number of distilleries across Scotland.
- Each one of the whiskies in the blend was aged for at least 12 years before bottling.
- The Chivas Regal brand belongs to Pernod Ricard from France, who also owns a zillion brands including Glenlivet.
Crown Royal Deluxe
|Nose||Vanilla, caramel, pear, ethanol|
|Palate||Spice, clove, vanilla, ripe fruit|
|Finish||Short-lived, caramel, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks|
|Similar to||Jim Beam, Canadian Club|
Nose is faint and sweet, with notes of vanilla, caramel, pear and whiff of ethanol coming behind.
On the palate, Crown Royal feels thin and watered-down lacking in body. Flavor hits with rye spice and clove up-front, followed by vanilla and notes of pear and apple providing balance to the pour.
The finish is barely present, with caramel and a touch of oak spice.
Overall, the Crown Royal is smooth and polite as a good Canadian. Very little warmth to it making an easy sipper and a good introductory dram to Canadian Whisky or liquors in general.
This whiskey has a fair amount of spice that feels on the first sips. This spicy notes sits well in cocktails and especially in an Old Fashioned, although I’d rather use an affordable rye whiskey as I prefer my cocktails to be heavy on the spice.
Crown Royal also mixes well with Coke and ginger ale so it becomes handy making it versatile.
Definitely, not the most interesting whisky in the world but there’s nothing terrible about it and can get the job done when looking for a smooth whisky to make cocktails.
Every bottle includes a purple velvet pouch that makes a good token.
There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:
- Crown Royal Deluxe is a blend of 50 different whiskies from 5 different mash bills.
- The whiskies in the blend aged for a minimum of 10 years.
- Crown Royal is not a rye whiskey but you can tell that there is a high rye content in the mash bill.
- This whisky is produced in mass in the Gimli Distillery in Manitoba. It holds an inventory of over 1.5 million barrels of whisky making it one of the largest in the world.
- Crown Royal is owned by Diageo, the British spirits giant, who also owns Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Don Julio Tequila, Casamigos, among several other brands.
Chivas vs Crown Royal: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Chivas Regal 12||$27|
|Crown Royal Deluxe||$19|
Chivas Regal vs Crown Royal: Which is better?
Crown Royal is an easier whisky than Chivas
|Whiskey||Chivas Regal||Crown Royal|
- Crown Royal drinks easier than the Chivas and makes a better mixer to make cocktails.
- Chivas is peppery and somewhat bitter, while the Crown Royal has sweeter notes and very little warmth making it easier to approach.
- Crown makes a better choice for those new to whisky.
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