Chivas Regal is one of the old reliable names of blended scotches. You probably cringe when you see, oh, Cutty Sark on the bar at a private event, right? But Chivas, yeah, that’s a name you can can behind for a shot or two.
This month, Chivas Brothers rolls out an ultra-high-end 25-year-old blend, inspired by the company’s first “Chivas Regal” blend, a 25-year-old bottling rolled out in 1909 that vanished during the Prohibition era. I can’t offer any opinion on the validity of the statement, but Chivas says that 1909 blend was “the world’s first luxury Scotch.”
I’m happy to report the stuff is exceptional. It’s predominantly floral, with fruit and notes (apple, almond), and a light finish that you’re not expecting, given the deep orange/amber of the drink itself. This is a gorgeous Scotch as good as any single malt I’ve had. (And considering the price tag, it better be.)