Water of Life – Chivas The Blend
Bell & Brio
Chivas is an interesting one.
In layman terms, Chivas represents the epitome of an amalgamated whisky as the traditional expression is a melange of over forty germinated cereal and regular grain whiskies that make the DNA of it.
If there is a range available, I usually go for the Chivas Regal Ultis as it is a reliable malt blend made using five of the main single malts Chivas employs in creating their whisky, i.e. Braeval, Strathisla, Allt A’Bhainne, Longmorn and Tormore and matured in hand-selected casks.
Chivas Regal Ultis is a rich and complex aroma mix with fruity honey as well as a bit of malt being predominant, which extends to the palate with hints of nuts and char and culminates in a citrussy toffee finish.
A solid premium everyday drop that is accessible even for those who normally do not dabble in whisky.
Now, Chivas being a blended whisky, a guided blending session allowing you to learn about the craftsmanship while demystifying the world of whisky in a fun and informative way was the natural next step and we were able to attend The Blend session at Bell & Brio recently.
Apart from learning more about Chivas’ history and merits, one got to create one’s own idiosyncratic, unique two-hundred ml bottle of whisky.
Inspired by your very own palate, one was able to mix and channel the blending alchemy by using five different flavours ranging from fruity to smoky to aim for the perfect harmony between smoothness and flavour.
The fact that the base components were carefully chosen and curated might have played an integral part in my very own liquid emission ended up being quite an enjoyable drop.
Not saying that what resulted from The Blend session is anything to compete with what the Chivas brethren have perfectioned, but it certainly has a distinct character and crowned an enjoyable evening that was expertly hosted by Chivas ambassador extraordinaire Emily Andrew.
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