Scotch By Nino Marchetti / July 4, 2018 The Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky portfolio is rather expansive and popular in its scope, today selling 4.5 million 9-liter cases annually in more than 150 countries globally. It is a brand that has some room to be played with, however, resulting in some rather interesting bottlings such as the new Chivas XV that’s selectively finished in ex-Cognac barrels. The new Chivas XV, according to those behind it, is finished in ex-Grande Champagne Cognac casks that are said to deliver “a rich, refined and velvety interpretation of the traditional Chivas house style.” The whisky is aged for a minimum of 15 years and ultimately bottled at 40% ABV in either a gold colored bottle for parties or a clear bottle for gift giving. Chivas XV (image via Chivas Regal) “We know that Scotch whisky fans love Chivas’ generous house style but are also looking to experiment with new tastes, and find new ways in which to enjoy their favourite spirit,” said Richard Black, Global Marketing Director at Chivas Regal, in a prepared statement. “Enter Chivas XV – the perfect expression for those who want to celebrate life with a truly luxurious and unique spirit that has been designed specifically with the energy of the consumption occasion in mind. A disruptive move for the category, Chivas XV presents a more contemporary side to Scotch, and encourages whisky drinkers to create memorable experiences that live on long after the celebration.” Plans call for Chivas XV to initially be on sale in global travel retail for around $69 for a 1-liter bottle, followed by a more general global roll out later this fall. You’ll find some official tasting notes for it below for your consideration. Nose: Rich and sweet with concentrated notes of stewed red apples, homemade orange marmalade, honey, cinnamon and moist juicy sultanas. Taste: Incredibly smooth and fruity with flavours of poached pears intermingled with butterscotch and caramel toffees all rolled up in a wonderful velvety texture. Finish: Rounded off with a touch of vanilla on the finish.