Royal Citation is a super-premium blended Scotch whisky expression from the house of Chivas Regal. It is a no-age-statement blend, and is one of the rarest Scotch whiskies released by the house of Chivas.
The Royal Citation expression was first launched in 1993, and legendary Chivas Master Blender Colin Scott is credited with developing and blending this exceptional blended Scotch whisky.
James and John Chivas established the Chivas Regal brand in 1801 when they opened a grocery store together on King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland. The brothers dealt in luxury goods and other imported items such as spices, coffee, Caribbean rum, whisky and other items.
The Chivas Brothers soon ventured into the world of whisky blending and earned one of their greatest achievements by 1843 when Queen Victoria granted them a Royal Warrant. The first two proprietary blends from the house of Chivas Regal were called the Royal Glen Dee, and the Royal Strathythan.
In 1909, the brand officially adopted the name Chivas Regal when they created the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky which performed exceptionally well not just in Scotland, but also overseas and took the whisky loving American market by storm.
The Chivas Regal brand managed to capture the loyalties of several American elite including the great Frank Sinatra who was believed to have developed a penchant for sipping on a Chivas Regal before his shows.
Over the course of time, many other expressions were added to the Chivas Regal core range such as Chivas Regal 12, Chivas Regal 18, Chivas Regal XXV, while many other rare and vintage limited releases such as Chivas Regal Revolve, Chivas Imperial and many more were rolled out from time to time.
The Chivas Regal Royal Citation Scotch whisky, released in 1993 is one such breathtaking expression created by blending some of the rarest, and limited whiskies at their disposal.
Chivas Regal’s Royal Citation is a created by blending together some of the oldest and rarest source whiskies at the distillery’s disposal. It is a blended Scotch, a marriage between the most premium malt and grain whiskies, and the factor that sets it apart from all other blended Scotch whiskies is the nature of the barrels used to mature the source whiskies.
Source whiskies used for the Royal Citation blends have been matured in five different types of barrels, lending a deeply refreshing and vibrant flavor profile to the drink.
Ex-Sherry butts, Charred new Oak barrels, large repurposed Bourbon barrels, ex-Bourbon barrels and
Royal Citation carries an alcohol strength of 43% ABV, slightly higher than the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies which is 40% ABV.