Whisky tasting from the different distillery’s will take place this weekend 06 & 07 April 2019 at the Alphamega Hypermarket in Engomi. Visit our refurbished Kava section at the Alphamega Hypermarket in Engomi between 13:00 – 17:00 this weekend, to try the whole range of Chivas Regal, the infamous Irish Whisky’s of the Jameson family… and also the true whisky of Edinburgh, the Ballantine’s.

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Read here the history of the three distilleries and visit us in Engomi to try them!

Since the foundation of the house of Chivas in 1801, in Aberdeen, Scotland, the brothers John & James Chivas, the pioneers in the art of sorting and mixing of many aged malt and grain whisky, offered to their customers the finest products. Refining the art of blending, Chivas brothers created an excellent whiskey, combining in a unique way the finest aged & rare whiskies in Speyside, Scotland. The result was a gentle and generous in flavor whiskey, unique compared to the respective of that period. The epithet “Regal” deservedly consolidated its position next to the name of Chivas Brothers, when in 1843 gained the privilege of supplying the royal family. The creation of Chivas Regal constitutes a special moment of the art of blending, the creation of the style of the Chivas house, characterized by softness, richness and harmony of flavors.

The spirit and heart of Chivas Regal meets at Strathisla, the historic distillery in Speyside, the oldest in operation of the Highlands and perhaps the most beautiful. Where the knowledge and tradition of Chivas house passed from generation to generation and are still kept carefully up to date, ensuring that the high quality and stable character will remain unalterable and identical in every bottle over time.

Nowadays, Guardian feature of Chivas Regal style is the Master Blender Colin Scott. The selection of excellent varieties of malt and grain whiskies, unique and patiently ripened, enables the Master Blender to create mixtures that give different pleasure experiences.

The Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year Old, each one has their own unique recipe of rare whisky options that make a unique dining experience. Every Chivas Regal bottle is a creation of a skilful whiskey makers group and a t that counts more than two centuries!

In 1780 John Jameson founded the distillery in Dublin, created a tradition synonymous with quality and success, bringing the art of Irish whiskey distilling to new levels of perfection. The “Sine Metu”, the Jameson family philosophy which means “without fear” became the motto that exists on each Jameson bottle.

Nowadays, the Jameson Irish Whiskey travels the Irish spirit in over 120 countries and is the largest in worldwide sales Irish whiskey.

The Jameson Irish Whiskey, triple distilled whiskey, produced from the best Irish barley and pure crystal water. It matures in oak barrels that they used for aging bourbon and sherry.

The result is a distillate with golden color and fruity aroma with subtle notes of oak wood. The taste is highly gentle, sweet, with notes of vanilla. The Jameson «family» supplements four prestigious labels.

The story of the world’s now second biggest-selling Scotch whisky began in 1827 when farmer’s son George Ballantine established a shop in Edinburgh, which eventually extended its wares into wines and spirits.

In 1865 Ballantine handed the shop’s operation over to his eldest son, Archibald, while he set up a second, larger premises in Glasgow. With the new business Ballantine began creating his own blends, which drew so much interest he enlisted the assistance of another son, George Jnr, into the business with him and began trading under the name George Ballantine & Son.

In 1891 George Ballantine passed away and the business was passed officially to his son, George. It was five years later that George Ballantine & Son was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria following a regal visit to Glasgow.

In 1910, what was to become the brand’s flagship blend – Ballantine’s Finest – was launched. Riding a high, George Jnr sold the business for a sizeable profit to Barclay and McKinlay in 1919, who adopted the Ballantine’s brand name in favour of Talisker.

In 1935 the group, including George Ballantine & Son, was sold to Canadian distiller Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts which set about securing a selection of whiskies to supply the blend. Hiram Walker began purchasing several distilleries, including Miltonduff and Glenburgie – both in 1936, and built the mammoth Dumbarton complex, which housed the largest grain distillery in Europe at that time. Whiskies distilled at both Miltonduff and Glenburgie continue to form the backbone of Ballantine’s today.

During the 1960s Hiram Walker began focusing on exports to Europe, so much so that by 1986 the Ballantine’s brand had become the largest brand in the continent and the third largest-selling whisky in the world. In 1987 Hiram Walker sold out to Allied Domecq.

In 2002 the Dumbarton plant was closed down and production shifted to Strathclyde grain distillery, although a large bonded warehouse complex and bottling plant still exist in Dumbarton. Three years later the brand was acquired by French drinks group Pernod Ricard and falls within its Chivas Brothers whisky portfolio.

The core portfolio consists of Finest, Limited, 12, 17, 21, 30 and 40-year-olds, while a lime-flavoured extension, Ballantine’s Brasil, was launched in 2013.