Spotting the real thing
So you’ve got the spelling down pat, and you’ve tried tasting, but how do you tell if you’re tasting quality or chugging swill?
Fine scotch is meant to be rich of flavour and colour, both of which younger scotch has not yet had a chance to build up. It’s supposed to roll off the back of your tongue like velvet and spread a glowing warmth from your stomach. It’s also supposed to have a bit of a punch! Unlike younger scotch, it has had time to develop smoothness and a distinct personality of its own. Twelve years is the perfect age for scotch! That’s how long it takes to grow into its full body. There are bottles out there which are older, but those can be very pricy and hard to obtain!
Chivas Regal takes aging seriously, and while their 12 year old whisky is a choice with which you can never wrong, there are more options for the connoisseur with a flexible pocket! Here’s a range of what they have on offer:
• Chivas Regal 12 Year Old: Blended from whiskies matured for at least 12 years. This is the one mere mortals can get their hands on!
• Chivas Regal 18 Year Old: Blended from whiskies matured for at least 18 years. This is perhaps Chivas's best-performing product. It received double gold medals at the 2006 and 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions! (launched in 1997)
• Chivas Regal 25 Year Old: Created using whiskies aged at least 25 years. This one is definitely not for mere mortals – it’s available only in limited quantities and cpmes with a price tag of about $300 per bottle! (launched in 2007)