THE ART OF
MASTER BLENDER SANDY HYSLOP EXPLAINS WHY WE BLEND AND WHAT IT TAKES TO LEARN THE ART OF BLENDING
Blending whisky certainly is an art. The perfect balance within our iconic blended Scotch whisky range is down to decades of experience and experimentation, alongside a flair for flavour.
Chivas Regal Master Blender Sandy Hyslop explains why we blend whisky, what makes a professional blender and how to drink whisky.
“What we’re trying to do with blended whisky is take many different flavours and make something greater than the sum of its parts”
How did you become amaster blender?
“I got into the whisky industry by pure chance! In 1983, I had a place to study chemistry at University after finishing school. My father really didn’t want me to go on to further education– he said it was a waste of money! He saw an ad in the local newspaper about a job working in a whisky sample room and said that I should apply for that. I was working and earning money, and then one day a week I was released to continue my studies. Working in the whisky sample room was fabulous! I had a lot of opportunities to try lots of new things and build my experience. Working in a small company then also gave me opportunities to work across the whole whisky-making process.”