Chivas Regal, a name that conjures up images of old style whisky, served in an old library. It is a name that, for me, brings back images of my dad relaxing with a “scotch”. Chivas Regal is a name that I have known since childhood. It was one of my dad’s favourites. And that is 40 years ago. This dram’s has a stellar reputation that has stood the test of time.
Category: Blended whisky (Page 2 of 10)
When friends meet up for a drink, great things tend to happen. I know! When I meet up with my friends for drinks, we solve a world full of problems in an evening. Other friends met up for a drink during a ski holiday and Mackmyra was created. The same is true for the Jameson Caskmates. In 2013, two long time friends met for drinks at a local pub in County Cork, Ireland. The friends were Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson Distillery and Shane Long, Head Brewer at local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well.
Part 2 of my series on affordable blended whisky is the Teacher’s Highland Cream whisky. I first noticed this whisky on one of our trips to India. Our friend in India buys a box full of Teacher’s whisky at a time. It is affordable and very popular in India. One of the cheaper / more affordable blends that I have not tried before, so when I saw it locally in the shop, I thought… why not. It retails for around R 170 ($13) in SA, definitely in the affordable category.
Towards the end of 2016, I was fortunate to attend the launch of a new whisky release in South Africa. The Scottish Leader 12 yo has been a long standing favourite in the East and lucky for us, have now reached the South African shores. Scottish Leader is a well known brand around the world. The Original and Signature releases are popular in South Africa and now they have extended their South African presence with the 12 yo.
My first blend for 2017, the Firstwatch Imported Whisky. This year, I want to do something a bit different. It is great to try some of the more expensive blends available and over the years, I have managed to taste quite a few interesting (and expensive) blends. However, the higher priced blends are not always worth it and I was wondering if some of the inexpensive blends are worthwhile. So this year, in terms of blended whisky, I am drinking my way through the bottom of the budget. Whisky that retail for less than R250 per bottle. (In currency terms, that is drinkable whisky for around $18 or GBP 15)