Chivas Regal Taps Defunct Distilleries for Its New $3,500 Blended Scotch Whisky

Everything old is new again with Chivas Regal The Icon blended Scotch whisky. First released last May, the dark amber distillate is a synthesis of over 20 expressions from some of the most regaled distilleries in Scotland, including a few that have gone ghost.

Soon to dissipate into history, the selections from shuttered sources have been collected by master blender Colin Scott and combined with rare whiskies from Chivas Regal’s premiere producers such as Longmorn, Glen Keith, and Strathisla. The latter is Scotland’s oldest continuously operating highland distillery, dating back to 1786.

According to Scott, The Icon presents a nose of honey, ripe pear, and dark chocolate, followed by hints of sweet orange, peaches in syrup, vanilla, and hazelnut on the palate—flavors that linger long on the finish.

The Icon’s packaging reflects its refined contents. Each green, etched-glass decanter has been handblown by the artisans at Dartington Crystal, meted with ornate metalwork, and closed with a topper bearing the brand’s luckenbooth insignia—connoting brotherhood.

Scott plans to produce the limited release each year and will continue to include nearly extinct elixirs as long as their libraries last. The inaugural batch of Chivas Regal The Icon is priced at $3,500 per bottle. (chivas.com)

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