Chivas Regal whisky is one of the world’s most premium Blended Scotch Whisky. It is also best known for shattering the common misconception that only single malt Scotch is of superior quality. Preferred by several notable personalities since centuries, the Chivas Regal brand has fortified its reputation through a blend of great taste, stellar quality and rich history that dates back to 1801.
While many preconceptions and rules dominate the minds of the recreational drinker about how to drink Chivas Regal, the truth is, there’s no wrong way to do it!
Throughout its vibrant history, the Chivas Regal brand has maintained a consistent popularity among influential Scotch aficionados and might we dare say, British Royalty. Indeed, it was none other than the Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland herself, who was presented with the Chivas Regal whisky during her first visit to Scotland in 1842.
A few of the Chivas Regal variants include Chivas Regal 12, Chivas Regal 15, Chivas Regal 18, Chivas Regal Extra, etc.
While there are no eyewitness accounts of how Queen Victoria preferred to drink her Chivas Regal Whisky, here are some of the most elegant ways of drinking the exquisite whisky Chivas Regal produces.
Neat. Unadulterated. Undisturbed.
The way every Scotch enthusiast prefers to drink their whisky, the Chivas Regal whisky is similarly best enjoyed neat if you wish to catch a whiff of its enticing aromas that range from creamy vanilla to rich and fruity, and tasting the smooth notes of vanilla, hazelnuts and butterscotch that it is known for.
Chivas Regal On The Rocks, Fidel Castro style
Fidel Castro, the deceased military leader of Cuba does inspire contrasting opinions, speculation and a lot of hearsay, although his taste in Scotch whisky can certainly be vouched for, and even respected.
Fond of the brand, Fidel Castro preferred to ingest his Chivas Regal on the rocks. It would have been quite a sight watching one of the most powerful men in the world, sipping on Scotch, puffing on his favorite cigar.
A drink that has the approval of the House of Chivas Regal itself, The Collins has a history that stretches back to the 1800s much like the Chivas Regal brand, travelling the world and withstanding the test of time.
Developed to amplify the fruity notes of the Chivas Regal whisky, The Collins is prepared by placing two slices of apples at the bottom of the glass and pouring 50ml of Chivas Regal on it. Follow it up with lots of ice cubes and lemonade. Add some soda to the mixture after you give it a quick stir.
There you have it, The Collins.
Whisky and Water
Although basic, the combination of whisky and water is traditionally relied upon by seasoned whisky connoisseurs as it helps reveal the subtle flavors of the Scotch, helping the drinker savor them.
There is a catch. The water needs to be at room temperature since the fundamental problem cold water shares with ice is that they both lock the flavors in until of course you allow the drink to return to the room temperature. Make sure you maintain the ratio of Scotch and water at 1:1, and that perhaps is the ideal way of how to drink Chivas Regal whisky and fully understand its complex aromas, tasting notes and texture.
Hunter ‘Soda’ Thompson
The celebrated author and journalist was as popular for his drinking habits as his profession. Inventor of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter. S. Thompson was renowned for his literary works as well as strong affinity for Chivas Regal whisky.
Hunter’s idea of how to drink Chivas Regal whisky was with soda which he weaved perfectly into his schedule which was also populated by coffee and cigarettes.
This simple yet delightful concoction is highly popular among drinkers who can’t quite figure out how to drink Chivas Regal without mixers. Missing out on the goodness of this splendid Scotch is never advisable, and birthed out of the idea of keeping things simple, was the Chivas Cooler.
Mix 2 parts of Chivas Regal whisky with 4 parts of Ginger Ale over ice, and garnishing it with a lime wedge, and voila!