The story of the Chivas Regal dates back to the turn of the 19th century. Started as luxury goods, and wine and liquor emporium in 1801, by the 1840s they would go on to secure what was known as a “Royal Warrant”, which allowed them the privilege to supply goods, wares, and consumables to the royal family.
In 1909, with the interest to expand into the rising American luxury consumer market in mind, the then master blender, Charles Stewart Howard introduced his newest blend, Chivas Regal. This was a 25-year-old blended scotch, the oldest of its time, and the first-ever “luxury whiskey” available.
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The brand grew in popularity and regard across Europe and North America through the early 20th century, so much so that demand was an overarching supply for the 25-year-old blended scotch. In 1936 Chivas Brothers were purchased by Whisky Brokers Morrison & Lundie, which decided that it was impractical to be aging whiskey for so long to produce a flagship product. This resulted in them eventually scaling down to a 12-year-old blended scotch to be launched as the new Chivas Regal in 1939.
The 12-year-old blend became the new flagship and is still the “standard issue” bottle of Chivas. Chivas started releasing their 18-year-old blend in the late nineties, and then finally began selling a 25-year-old blend once again in 2007, though, it’s not exactly the same formula as it was over 100 years before.
Modern Chivas Regal Varieties
Chivas Regal is far from a one trick pony these days. They offer different blends and ages ranging from 12 to 25 years, and even sell a “blend your own whiskey” kit, which contains 4 different mini bottles of single malt scotches and a bottle of blended grain whiskey that the buyer can mix upon their own measurements with the included beaker and piper. They even include a mini bottle of Chivas 12 to give you a chance to see how your blend stacks up against the classic.
Besides the 12 year classic blend, they currently have a 13 year blend finished in American Rye whiskey casks, which is a tribute to Manchester United’s retired coach Sir Alex Ferguson. The Mizunara is aged in Japanese Mizunara oak casks, a tribute to the great whiskey makers of the east. They have a 15 year old (labeled ‘XV’), 18 year, and 25 year blend available.
The Chivas Extra is a blend aged in Oloroso sherry casks, the Ultis blend is a specially selected blend of 5 single malt whiskies, and the Ultis 1999 is an alternate blend of whiskies aged since 1999, being released in 2019 making it a 20 year old blend.
Finally their pièce de résistance, Chivas Regal The Icon. Sold in a hand-blown crystal decanter the blend is a mix of some of the rarest and oldest whiskies available in the world. They even claim that some of the whiskies used are from “ghost distilleries” that no longer exist. Meaning once this blend is finished, that’s all there will ever have been.
Chivas Regal Pricing & Availability
Chivas Regal is still one of the most recognizable blended scotch whiskies available today. Order a “Chivas Neat” and you’ll get a glass of the 12 year, make sure to specify if you want the older stuff. The 12 year could be considered their “entry level” scotch and is the most modestly priced at around $25-$35 for a 750ml bottle.
The limited edition 13 year and “Chivas Extra” are just a tad more at $35-$45, and the rest increase in price as the age increases. The 15 year and the Mizunara are around $50 for a bottle, the 18 year around $70-$80, the Ultis is about $165-$200, the Ultis 1999 $220-$250, and the oldest readily available 25 year old blend can range from $330-$350.
Chivas Regal The Icon is one of those astronomical bottles of booze that is most likely out of reach for most of us financially. At $3500 for a 750ml bottle, you’re buying more than just the scotch within, the hand blown, etched and decorated decanters are made by Dartington Crystal, and are a work of art in their own rite, and each bottle is shipped in a secure bottle sized foot locker-type army green box.
Below are the latest Chivas Regal prices.
|Chivas Regal 12 Year Old||750ml||From $27.95|
|Chivas Regal 13 Year Old||750ml||From $42.99|
|Chivas Regal 18 Year Old||750ml||From $65.99|
|Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Year||750ml||From $219.99|
|Chivas Regal 25 Year Old||750ml||From $320.99|
|Chivas Regal Extra||750ml||From $39.99|
|Chivas Regal Mizunara||750ml||From $49.99|
|Chivas Regal Ultis||750ml||From $160.99|
Scotch is similar to wine in that you can find commonalities based on the production region. Chivas is produced in Speyside, Scotland at the Strathisla distillery. Some other blended scotch producers of the region are Mossburn, Douglas Lang’s “Scallywag”, Sheildaig, and Copper Dog produced by the multinational alcohol producer Diageo. These four examples range from about $22-$55 for 750ml bottles. You can also check the labels at your local liquor store and just see which bottles are coming from the Speyside region of Scotland.
If you want to go towards the higher end and try the bones of Chivas Regal then it’s not a bad idea to try the single malt scotches made by the same distilleries that are used to make Chivas Regal’s proprietary blend. The main malt whiskey used to make Chivas Regal is from Strathisla, and the other malts used to come from The Glenlivet, Allt-a-Bhainnel, Longmorn, and Miltonduff. The entry-level priced bottles from these distilleries range from $35-$75.
Blood and Sand
- .75 oz Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch
- .75 oz Cherry Heering
- .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
- .75 oz Fresh Orange Juice
- Orange Twist
In a mixing tin add all ingredients and top with ice. Shake and strain in a chilled martini glass or coup, pinch your orange twist over the drink, rub along the rim of the glass, and drop in the drink.
- .5 oz Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch
- .5 oz Sweet Sherry
- .5 oz Galliano
- 1.0 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1.0 Oz Fresh Lemonade
- 1 Egg White
In a mixing tin, crack the egg and separate the white into the tin, discard the yolk and shell. Add the fresh lime juice and lemonade. Seal your shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until a nice froth form, you can also use a small whisk to whip the egg with the non-alcoholic ingredients. Open your shaker and the scotch, sherry, galliano, and top with ice. Shake vigorously once more for about 10-15 seconds. Strain the drink over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass and shake the upturned tin to get as much of the egg froth to settle on top of the drink. Feel free to leave the drink naked or you can garnish with orange, cherry, and or lemon.