The Chivas Regal 18 Ultimate Cask Collection is no ordinary bottle of whiskey. A series of ultra-premium whiskies from first fill wooden casks (virgin casks that allow the whiskey to embrace all of the flavour) the collection has been created exclusively for the travelling connoisseur (and their loved ones!)
Want to impress him even more? Encourage him to taste his own bottle of Chivas Regal in a range of environments and conditions. Experimental Chef Jozef Youssef recommends trying the whiskey at varying temperatures (between -2° to 13°), in different weighted glasses or even whilst listening to different ambient music, to alter and bring forward different flavour notes each time.
The first edition, one litre Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak Finish is exclusively available in Australian and New Zealand Duty Free ($149 AUD). Not travelling this year? Don’t worry a second and third edition are on their way over the next few years.
Want a great cocktail to help them enjoy the gift? The Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection Smash is sure to spread the Christmas cheer!
Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection Smash
- 50ml Chivas 18 Ultimate Cask Collection First Fill American Oak
- 10ml Vanilla Sugar syrup*
- Eight Mint Leaves
- Crushed ice
- Old Fashioned Glass
- This recipe can be made inside the glass and does not require any additional tools apart from a spoon.
Place the mint leaves in the base of the glass and add the Vanilla Sugar syrup. Stir (without breaking the leaves to allow the mint to infuse into the sugar) for 20 seconds then add the Chivas.
Half fill the glass with crushed ice and using a spoon fold the mint from the base and stir slowly allowing the ingredients to mix thoroughly at the same time chilling and diluting the drink. Continue to do this until the ice has become slushy and then fill the glass with more crushed ice.
Now the liquid should be almost at the top. Take a large fresh sprig of fresh mint and slap it against the dry palm of your hand to release the oil and freshen up the aroma. Place this into the glass at the top alongside a thin straw. When you sip the drink the fresh aroma should enhance the taste.