A blogger writes best when discussing a subject close to her or his heart. I therefore could not resist today’s subject.
This week Vancouver welcomed Colin Scott, master blender of Chivas Regal. He was in town to talk about their new super-premium blended whisky, Chivas 25, and the art of blending whisky. The Vancouver Sun headlined this Chivas brings blended whisky back into style. However that seems poetic license since it never really went out of style.
The ultra-premium, limited release, 25-year-old whisky will retail in Canada for about $400 a bottle. Luckily there are other fine blends of Scottish whisky on the market at less stellar prices as the article mentions. Any of the following would be most acceptable:
- Johnnie Walker Black Label
- The Famous Grouse 12 Year Old
- Dewar’s Special Reserve 12 Year Old
It is almost 100 years since Chivas first launched its exquisite blend of 25-year-old whiskies in 1909 in New York to deep-pocketed whisky lovers. The Chivas Brothers company had been working with various blends since the 1860s, but it was that one – “a superlative blend, a sublime blend” – that they felt earned the name Chivas Regal. It certainly justifies its royal name.
Related: Chivas Circle
Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky
A good book on the subject is A Double Scotch:
How Chivas Regal and The Glenlivet Became Global Icons.
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