5 Things You Should Know About Chivas Regal
Chivas Regal, the go-to liquor amongst frequent visitors of clubs, bars and pubs in Singapore. So much so that it has become the staple blended whisky at certain local watering holes. But how much do people actually know about Chivas Regal? Read on for some interesting facts about your favourite whisky brand and share them with your friends over drinks next time!
1. Its Rich History
You might not believe this, but the world-renown Chivas Regal, originally named Chivas Brothers, was founded in 1801 by a pair of brothers who used to be grocers in Aberdeen, Scotland. But it wasn’t until the 1900s that the export market for whisky from Scotland soared. Business was abruptly disrupted by World War I, and just as business picked up thereafter, World War II began. The brothers passed away, and the brand eventually landed in the hands of Seagram, a Canadian whisky distiller in 1949.
With the global supply chain of Seagram, Chivas Regal was able to be exported to a total of 35 countries in 1960 and sell a total of 100 000 cases a year. Demand for the blended whisky rocketed, and the brand grew to sell 1.2 million cases of whisky a year by 1970.
The crowd favourite Chivas Regal 18 Year Old was then launched in 1997, and the brand was acquired by French alcoholic beverage company Pernod Ricard four years later. A full range of limited edition and market exclusives have been introduced since then, and the brand sells up to 4 million cases of whisky per year now.
2. Its Taste
If you haven’t tasted a glass of Chivas Regal before, you are going to want to know this.
Chivas Regal 12
Smooth and generous, a blend of the finest malt and grain whiskies matured for at least 12 years. Its tasting notes are round and creamy with a full, rich taste of honey and ripe pears, with vanilla, hazelnut and butterscotch notes. Its finish is rich and lingering, while the nose is an aromatic infusion of wild herbs, honey and orchard fruits.
Chivas Regal 18
Complexed and refined, the Chivas Regal 18 is an incredible blend of 85 flavour notes in every drop. Perfectly balanced, exceptionally smooth - velvety with hints of dark chocolate and aromas of dried fruit and buttery toffee. Taste its mellow smokiness and experience its warm and long finish.
3. Where It Is Produced
Chivas Regal is produced at Strathisla Distillery located in Speyside, (surprise, surprise) Scotland - home of the Scotch. Strathisla is, in fact, the oldest working distillery in the Highlands, which produced its very first batch of whisky in 1786. In fact, the Strathisla single malt is the core malt whisky in all Chivas Regal blends.
4. How to Enjoy It
There are many ways to enjoy an excellent glass of whisky. Having it on the rocks isn’t the only option.
A refreshing cocktail popularised by the working class adults of Japan, this concoction involves a glass of well-mixed ice-cold Ginger Ale, sparkling water or soda water and whisky.
A splash of water to your Chivas Regal 18 can open up the whisky and bring forth flavours that would have otherwise been masked by the strong alcohol taste on your tongue. Water will also allow the glass of scotch to blossom, resulting in a smoother finish.
If you prefer to have it in a classic cocktail that isn’t too fancy, order an Old Fashioned at your favourite bar. With the simple combination of water, sugar and some bitters, you can expect a subtly sweet taste that still packs a punch.
5. Where to Get It
Chivas Regal whisky can be found at almost all alcohol retailers in Singapore and most bars, but did you know that you can buy them online at JARBARLAR too? Instead of carrying bottles of liquor back home from the mall, you can simply order online from the comfort of your own home at cheap prices and get it delivered to your doorstep. Plus, you will be entitled to free delivery as long as you hit the minimum spend of $50.