I’ve avoided writing “Christmas Gift” articles in the past because it’s always struck me as a rather lazy and cheap way to produce content, much in the same vein as the ’10 whiskies to try this year’ posts that will no doubt appear as we near the dawn of 2020.
Having said all that, I was given a couple of whisky-themed gifts last year and I liked them so much that I couldn’t resist sharing them as we once again approach the festive season. To clarify, I have no affiliation with any of the products – I’m not on commission here! – I just thought they were fun gifts that my readers would appreciate as much as I did.
The first of my Christmas gift suggestions is the ‘Whisky Blending Kit’ from Chivas Bros. Chivas have been blending scotch whisky since the 1850’s and their Chivas Regal and Royal Salute brands are among the most recognisable in the world today. Now part of Pernod Ricard, they own 14 distilleries across Scotland including The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa as well as the Strathclyde grain distillery in Glasgow.
The Whisky Blending Kit is available from the likes of Amazon, Tesco and The Whisky Exchange for between £20 and £30. The pack consists of six 5cl miniature bottles: one containing the Chivas Regal 12 year old blend, the others holding samples of grain and malt whisky of differing flavour profiles. The box also includes an empty bottle, a beaker and a pipette.
This attractively packaged little set allows you to play around with the samples, blending to your own recipe and creating a unique dram each time. There’s no distillery names and at 40% abv we’re not talking premium craft whisky here but what the set offers is a bit of fun and maybe a tiny little glimpse into the complicated process of creating a blended scotch whisky.
Great fun and great value for money. Can’t say fairer than that.