Chivas Regal is doubtless one of the most iconic whisky brands of any variety. Starting its life as a grocery shop in Aberdeen around 1800, the company has grown in stature over the last two centuries to sit imperious in the blended whisky market. With stellar releases like this, the reputation for quality is well-earnt. This beautiful bottling is crafted from whiskies aged at least 25 years in oak casks. The blend is based around malt from the company’s “home” distillery of Strathisla in Speyside. This is a real testament to the blender’s craft, with the different elements of the spirit working together in perfect harmony. On the nose, there are waves of canned fruit aroma, with sweet peaches, pears and plums taking the fore. A deep malty note emerges, accompanied by raspberry jam. The palate brings a thicker, custard flavour with those same canned fruit notes from the nose – this is a pudding whisky, and no mistake! The finish lingers with crumbling Scottish tablet and a slight barrel funk. Quite astonishing stuff, the whisky is bottled in a striking decanter-style vessel, with a smart presentation box. Jim Murray awarded this whisky the “Liquid Gold Award” in his 2014 Whisky Bible, whilst it picked up a Double Gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.