Whisky isn’t just a drink; it’s a passion. From the intricacies of distilling to the art of blending, there’s a lot that goes into a flawless sip. Stopping to savour whisky and the work that goes into it is one of the finer things in life, whoever you are, so it’s important to find the right blend.
Whether you’re introducing someone to whisky or know someone well versed, there’s a blend for everyone. Read on to see which one to gift the different drammers in your life.
Whisky for beginners
Make sure someone begins their journey into the world of whisky the right way. A complex dram may overwhelm the palette, meaning a smooth whisky is key for those starting out. The desire for a smooth finish is exactly why John and James Chivas began blending whiskies back in the 19th century – and it’s a trait that’s still cherished in Chivas Regal today. Famed for its smoothness, Chivas 12 is the ideal gift for someone starting out.
Chivas Mizunara, finished in Japanese Mizunara casks, is another ideal blend to gift. While it features fruitier, spicier notes, they are delicate and gentle instead of overpowering.
For those who need time to appreciate the intricacies of whisky, ginger ale is the perfect pairing. Softening the flavours and easing the warmth, it’s an incredibly refreshing way to drink any blend.
Cocktails show off the diversity of our blends – and a Whisky Sour is a fantastic choice for beginners and experienced palettes alike. The sour notes in lemon balance the whisky, and egg white adds a subtle creaminess. Try creating a Chivas Sour with either Chivas 12 or Chivas Mizunara to find your favourite.
Whisky for experienced drammers
Wondering what to get a regular whisky drinker? An experienced palette deserves a dram to match.
Experienced Scotch drinkers will admire rich, complex or smoky blended whiskies, as their palette will be used to the wide assortment of flavours. Chivas 18 boasts 85 flavour notes – see how many your loved one can detect after they open the award-winning blend this holiday season. If you really want to impress, give the gift of Chivas Ultis. Made with five precious single malts from the most cherished Speyside distilleries, this one to remember. Rich fruity notes harmonise with thick honey and leather, producing a complex blend that never fails to deliver.
A straight dram without ice will allow deep, complex flavours to be appreciated. However if someone wants to enjoy whisky a different way, a short and strong drink is the port of call. The Old Fashioned has lasted through the ages – and there’s good reason why. Putting the spirit front and centre, the Old Fashioned is a drink that doesn’t distract from the complex flavours. A simple twist of orange and a dash of Angostura bitters is all that’s needed to create a cocktail classic.
Which whisky should you drink?
Are you giving the gift of Chivas this season? Or just want to treat for yourself? Whatever the case, there’s something in the Chivas Regal collection for everyone. Whether enjoyed in a refreshing whisky soda highball, in a beautiful cocktail or simply straight, these blends are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
Chivas 12: Fan of the classics? Chivas 12 is a classic for a reason.
Chivas Mizunara: This aromatic whisky is aged in Japanese Mizunara oak casks – perfect for those who enjoy blending East with West.
Chivas Extra: Aged in Oloroso sherry casks, this blend is for those who like things extra rich.
Chivas XV: Aged for 15 years in prized casks, this is the blend to celebrate occasions.
Chivas 18: Much like an exquisite tasting menu, Chivas 18 is all about an appreciation of flavours – all 85 of them, in fact.
Chivas Ultis – Enjoy the finer things in life? Look no further than this luxurious dram.
Blend Your Own Whisky – the ideal whisky gift
Stuck for ideas on what to gift this year? The Blend Your Own Whisky gift set allows lucky recipients to try their hand at the art of blending whisky, and enjoy a classic Chivas 12 miniature bottle, too. With floral, fruity, citrus, creamy and smoky notes all included, they’ll be able to create their own signature blend. Whether you’re buying for the whisky lover in your life or someone who’s looking to begin their whisky journey, this creative kit could reveal their talent as the next Master Blender.
Find out more about Chivas Blend Your Own Whisky Gift Set.