Chivas Regal is a blended Scotch whisky produced by Chivas Brothers, part of Pernod Ricard. Chivas Regal traces its roots back to 1801. Chivas Regal's home is Strathisla distillery at Keith, Moray in Speyside, the oldest operating Highland distillery, founded in 1786, it is the market-leading Scotch whisky 12 years and above in Asia Pacific. Chivas Regal sales grew by 61% between 2002 and 2008. In global terms, Chivas Regal recorded volume sales of 4.9 million nine-litre cases in 2012 and 2013 but sales have decreased since, dropping to 4.4 million cases in 2015. Chivas Regal 12: Blended from whiskies matured for at least 12 years. Chivas Regal Extra: a blend with a higher proportion of sherry casks. Chivas Regal 18: Blended from whiskies matured for at least 18 years. Chivas Regal 25: Created using whiskies aged at least 25 years; the Chivas Brothers' Blend: A 12-year-old blend intended to reflect the original Chivas house style, with a predominance of Speyside malts, in particular Strathisla and Longmorn.
Chivas Regal Ultis: A blended malt whisky containing no grain whisky. Chivas Regal The Icon: Blended from whiskies matured for at least 25 years. Launched in 2015 as a Dubai Travel Retail exclusive; this blend is sold in a hand-blown Dartington Crystal decanter crafted from green glass. Chivas Brothers traces its roots to the opening of a grocery store at 13 King Street, Aberdeen, in 1801; the store sold luxury foodstuffs such as coffee, exotic spices, French brandies, Caribbean rums to a wealthy clientele. In 1842, Chivas Brothers was retained to supply provisions to the royal family at Balmoral Castle upon Queen Victoria's first visit to Scotland. In 1843, Chivas Brothers was granted a Royal Warrant to supply goods to Queen Victoria; the May 8, 1890 edition of Scotland Magazine described Chivas Brothers as "undoubtedly the finest purveying business in the north of Scotland". During the 1850s James Chivas decided to respond to his affluent customers' demands for a smoother whisky, by beginning to blend whiskies to create a blend proprietary to Chivas Brothers.
The firm's first blended Scotch whisky, Royal Glen Dee, was launched, followed in the 1860s by a second proprietary blended Scotch whisky, Royal Strathythan. In the early 1900s, Chivas Brothers decided to create its most aged blended Scotch whisky to export to the United States, where the booming economy after the turn of the century was fueling demand for luxury goods; the whisky was named Chivas Regal. Chivas Regal 25 Year Old was launched in 1909 as the original luxury Scotch, became a leading brand in the United States. Chivas Regal continued its success until Prohibition in the 1920s. Chivas Regal was purchased by Seagrams in 1949, which enabled a much wider distribution and marketing system. In 1950, the company was able to buy the Strathisla Distillery, which produces the Strathisla single malt whisky used in the Chivas Regal blend. Chivas Regal was re-launched as Chivas Regal 12 year old in the US following the disruption of both Prohibition and World War II. Chivas became a fashionable brand of the era, became associated with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack.
Chivas Regal was the Scotch whisky requested by Sinatra, along with other spirits brands backstage at performances, Chivas sponsored his Diamond Jubilee Tour in 1990. In 1997, the Chivas Regal range was expanded with the launch of longer aged whiskies, with the launch of Chivas Regal 18 year old, in 2007 with the launch of Chivas Regal 25. Chivas Regal was acquired by Pernod Ricard following a joint bid with Seagram Spirits & Wine in December 2000 by Pernod Ricard and Diageo; the home of Chivas Regal and location of its visitor centre is located at the Strathisla distillery. The distillery was founded in 1786, is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, located in Speyside; the Strathisla distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers, Strathisla single malt is one of the malt whiskies used within the Chivas Regal blend. Strathisla single malts help to define the taste of Chivas Regal. Chivas Regal whiskies have performed well at international spirit ratings competitions. In 2013, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition jury awarded its Double Gold Medals to the Chivas Regal 18yr, 21yr and 25yr whiskies.
In the 1973 film The Exorcist, the character Father Dyer brings this whisky for Father Karass to drink after the death of his mother. They share it and he remarks "Chivas Regal! Where'd you get the money for it—out of the poor box?" Within the first six minutes of the film The Spook Who Sat by the Door, the top 10 African-American candidates for the CIA "spook" position toast to their success to that point, one notes the Chivas Regal they are drinking costs $3. In Only Fools And Horses Series 2, episode 3, A Losing Streak, first broadcast in 1982 Delboy asks for a'Large Chivas Regal' at the bar to try and impress Boycie. In Working Girl, from 1988, savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill played by Melanie Griffith orders a "Chivas" during an engagement party for her friend Cynthia prior to a proposal from her boyfriend Mick Dugan played by Alec Baldwin. Kelly Clarkson's 2007 album My December includes a hidden track entitled "Chivas"; the track is about an ex she ran into at a bar. In the Mad Men season 6 episode, "The Better Half", Ted Chaough compares Fleishchmann's margarine to Chivas Regal, while Don Draper compares it to Ballantine Beer.
In the American Dad! Season 6 episode, "Spring Break-Up", Roger invites Spring Breakers to party at the Smith household; as the self-proclaimed "King of Spring Brea
Irish Distillers is a subsidiary of the French drinks conglomerate Pernod Ricard. It is the largest distiller of Irish whiskey, distilling popular brands such as Jameson and Powers, in addition to premium whiskeys such as Redbreast and Midleton Very Rare. In addition to whiskey, Irish Distillers produces a number of other spirit products such as gin and vodka. Irish Distillers Group was formed as Irish Distillers Limited in 1966, when a merger took place between three Irish whiskey distilleries, Cork Distilleries Company, John Jameson & Son and John Power & Son. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close their existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility. A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion alongside the Dublin distilleries. In 1972, the only other whiskey distillery in operation in Ireland at the time, joined the group.
This gave Irish Distillers complete control over all whiskey production on the island of Ireland. One Friday in July 1975, production ceased at the Old Midleton Distillery and began the next Monday morning at the new Midleton complex, with distillation at the two Dublin distilleries come to an end a year later; the Old Midleton Distillery and Jameson's Bow Street Distillery have since reopened as visitors' centres. However, much of Powers John's Lane distillery has been demolished, with the remaining buildings, now protected structures, forming part of the National College of Art and Design. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer by Grand Metropolitan, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish distillers was the subject of a friendly takeover by Pernod Ricard in June 1988. In 2005, Bushmills was sold to rival drinks giant Diageo for £200 million. In addition, in 2016, the Paddy Irish whiskey brand was sold to Sazerac, though as part of the sale agreement, production of the whiskey is to continue at the Midleton Distillery.
Jameson Whiskey Powers Whiskey Paddy Whiskey - sold to Sazerac in 2016 Redbreast Whiskey Midleton Whiskey Green Spot - produced for Mitchell & Son Wine MerchantsBeyond whiskey, the distillery produces: Huzzar Vodka Cork Dry Gin Eight Degrees Brewing Company Cooley Distillery New Midleton Distillery Old Bushmills Distillery Irish Whiskey The Old Jameson Distillery - Irish Distillers - Pernod Ricard
Lillet, classed as an aromatised wine within EU law, is a French wine-based aperitif from Podensac. It is a blend of 85% Bordeaux region wines and 15% macerated liqueurs citrus liqueurs; the mix is stirred in oak vats until blended. During the aging process, Lillet is handled as a Bordeaux wine. In the original Kina Lillet formulation, quinine liqueur made of cinchona bark from Peru was included among its ingredients, its manufacturers removed the quinine-containing cinchona bark from their recipe in 1985, drastically altering what was the core bitter element in an effort to keep pace with changing preferences. It seems that this has since changed: quoting the back label of the bottle, "Each bottle contains only the finest, carefully-selected wines, which are blended with macerated fruits and QUINQUINA, all from a secret award-winning recipe, passed down through generations." "Lillet" belongs to a family of aperitifs known as tonic wines because of the addition of quinine liqueur. Kina Lillet: A liqueur made with white wine mixed with fruit liqueurs and flavored with quinine.
The "Kina" in its name is derived from quinine's main ingredient: the bark of the kina-kina tree). Lillet Dry: A dryer formula created for the British market, it is considered the Kina Lillet mentioned by Ian Fleming's character James Bond when he created the Vesper Martini. Lillet Rouge: A red-wine-based liqueur first suggested by the American wine merchant and importer Michael Dreyfus, one of the first to import Lillet into the US. Lillet Blanc: A sweeter variant of the white-wine-based version with reduced quinine flavoring, it replaced Kina Lillet. Lillet Rosé: A rosé-wine-based liqueur. In 1872, the brothers Paul and Raymond Lillet and merchants of wines and spirits, founded their company La Maison Lillet in Podensac, south of Bordeaux, France; the idea of making aperitifs in Bordeaux came from Father Kermann, a doctor who left Brazil at the beginning of Louis XVI's reign. Back in France, he settled in Bordeaux, where he produced liqueurs and fortifiers from plants such as quinine. During that time, Bordeaux became one of the most important places for the European wine business.
It was France's main harbour for products imported from the Caribbean islands. At the end of the 19th century, people developed a great fear of illness as a consequence of the discoveries made by Louis Pasteur. "Wine", Pasteur said, "can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and the most hygienic of all beverages". As a result, tonic wines became popular as quinine was used to fight fevers and ease malaria symptoms. In 1887, Pierre and Raymond Lillet created Kina Lillet. Blanc, when all other aperitifs were red, Lillet was the only aperitif from a specific geographic location, one of the most famous, the Bordeaux region, or more Great Sauternes region. During the 1920s, Lillet exports increased in Europe and Africa; the brand became famous in France, thanks to advertising campaigns. At the same time, Lillet was served on transatlantic liners, part of the reason for its success with high society in New York. American bartenders used it for making fashionable cocktails. In 1962, Pierre Lillet, grandson of Raymond, keen to capitalize on America's growing taste for red wine, created Lillet Rouge for the American market.
In the early part of the 1970s, Maison Lillet removed "Kina" from the brand name calling it Lillet. "Kina" had become a generic term used by many aperitifs to emphasise their quinine content, was no longer relevant for the times. Lillet is the name of the family, became the only name of the brand. To improve the quality and sustainability of the Lillet recipe, in 1985, Lillet was reformulated, after close work with the Bordeaux University's Institute of Oenology, applying modern oenology. To improve the balance between acidity and sweetness, the sugar content was reduced, giving priority to the fruitiness while maintaining the same quinine bitterness concentration. In 2011, under cellarmaster Jean Bernard Blancheton, rosé Lillet version was introduced aimed at female consumers. 1896: First Lillet advertising iron plates 1903: First Lillet illustrated poster created by Raymond Lillet 1906: Second Lillet illustrated poster designed by Georges Dola 1909: Lillet Launch on transatlantic liners, with the claim: Kina-Lillet & Sauternes Lillet can be obtained on all steamers of the Cie Transatlantique.
It should always be served iced 1924 - 1935: "Kina-Lillet, 11 Grand Prizes" and "Ask for a Lillet" promotional campaigns run on public transport 1925-1935: Advertising campaigns promoting football and rugby games by André Galland 1930s Harry Craddock appeared in Lillet ads in a UK trade magazine. 1930: Mural ads along streets 1937: French artist Robert Wolf's design brings Lillet to a wider audience 1940-1951: Alcoholic ads are banned during and after the Second World War. 1950-51: Participation in trade exhibitions in Bordeaux, Nantes and Clermont-Ferrand 1967: Roger Seguin designed an advertising poster for Lillet 2008: Posters designed by Stina Persson 2012: Sara Singh illustrations for Lillet 2014: Lillet Paris rooftop scene photography by Pauline Daniel Lillet is an aperitif wine, inten
Polar Ice (vodka)
Polar Ice is a Canadian vodka produced by Corby Distilleries Ltd. Produced from Canadian corn, it is quadruple distilled, which vendors claim rids the vodka of microscopic impurities and gives vodka a smoother taste; the vodka is an eighty proof spirit. Polar Ice Vodka has a several products in multiple formats; the brand line includes Polar Ice Vodka, Polar Ice Vodka Arctic Extreme and Polar Ice Vodka Ontario Peach. Polar Ice Vodka is available across Canada as well as within some cities in the United States of America. San Francisco World Spirits Competition- 2019: Double Gold Medal - Polar Ice Arctic Extreme Vodka 2018: Double Gold Medal - Polar Ice Arctic Extreme Vodka 2017: Double Gold Metal - Polar Ice 90 North Vodka Silver Medal - Polar Ice Vodka 2015: Gold Medal - Polar Ice Vodka International Wine & Spirit Competition- 2018: Silver Outstanding - Polar Ice Arctic Extreme Vodka Silver - Flavored Vodka - Polar Ice Ontario Peach Vodka Silver - Polar Ice Vodka 2017: Silver – Polar Ice Vodka Silver Outstanding - Polar Ice 90 North Vodka International Spirits Challenge- 2018: Silver - Polar Ice Vodka 2017: Silver- Polar Ice 90 North SIP Awards- 2018: Consumer Choice Award – Polar Ice Vodka Silver - Polar Ice Vodka Gold - Polar Ice Arctic Extreme 2017: Platinum - Polar Ice 90* North Silver - Polar Ice The Spirit Business: Global Vodka Masters- 2018: Silver - Polar Ice Vodka Gold - Polar Ice Arctic Extreme Gold – Polar Ice Peach 2017: Master - Polar Ice 90° North Gold - Polar Ice Vodka
Seagram Company Ltd. was a Canadian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. A distiller of Canadian whisky based in Waterloo, Ontario, it was once the largest owner of alcoholic beverage lines in the world. Toward the end of its independent existence, it controlled various entertainment and other business ventures, with its purchase of MCA Inc. whose assets included Universal Studios and its theme parks, financed through the sale of Seagram's 25% holding of chemical company DuPont, a position it acquired in 1981. Following this, the company imploded, with its beverage assets wholesaled off to various industry titans, notably The Coca-Cola Company and Pernod Ricard. Universal's television holdings were sold to media entrepreneur Barry Diller, the balance of the Universal entertainment empire and what was Seagram was sold to French conglomerate Vivendi in 2000. Seagram's House, the former Seagram's headquarters in Montreal, was donated to McGill University by Vivendi Universal in 2002 renamed Martlet House.
The Seagram Building, once the company's American headquarters in New York City, was commissioned by Phyllis Lambert, daughter of Seagram CEO Samuel Bronfman, designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson. Regarded as one of the most notable examples of the functionalist aesthetic and a prominent instance of corporate modern architecture, it set the trend for the city's skyline for decades to follow, has been featured in several Hollywood films. On completion its costs made it the world's most expensive skyscraper; the Bronfman family sold the Seagram building to the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association for $70.5 million in 1979. In 1857, a distillery was founded in Ontario Canada. Joseph E. Seagram became a partner in 1869 and sole owner in 1883, the company became known as Joseph E. Seagram & Sons. Many decades in 1924, Samuel Bronfman and his brothers founded Distillers Corporation Limited, in Montreal, which enjoyed substantial growth in the 1920s, in part due to Prohibition in the United States.
In 1923, the Bronfmans purchased the Greenbrier Distillery in the United States, dismantled it, shipped it to Canada, reassembled it in LaSalle, Quebec. The Bronfmans shipped liquor from Canada to the French-controlled overseas collectivity Saint Pierre and Miquelon off the then-Dominion of Newfoundland, shipped by bootleggers to Rum rows in New York, New Jersey and other states. In 1928, a few years after the death of Joseph E. Seagram, the Distillers Corporation acquired Joseph E. Seagram & Sons from heir and President Edward F. Seagram; the company was well prepared for the end of Prohibition in 1933 with an ample stock of aged whiskeys ready to sell to the newly opened American market, it prospered accordingly. Although he was never convicted of criminal activity, Samuel Bronfman's dealings with bootleggers during the Prohibition-era in the United States have been researched by various historians and are documented in various peer-vetted chronicles. In the 1930s, when Seagram set up business in the United States, it paid a fine of $1.5 million to the US government to settle delinquent excise taxes on liquor illegally exported to the US during Prohibition.
The US government had asked for $60 million. After the death of Samuel Bronfman in 1971, Edgar M. Bronfman was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until June 1994 when his son, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was appointed CEO. From the 1950s, most of the family holdings of Distillers-Seagram was held through holding company Cemp Investments, owned by the four children of Samuel Bronfman; the three most popular Seagram distilled products in the 1960s through 1990s were Seven Crown, VO, Crown Royal. In 1981, cash-rich and wanting to diversify, the U. S.-based subsidiary Seagram Company Ltd. engineered a takeover of Conoco Inc. a major American oil and gas producing company. Although Seagram acquired a 32.2% stake in Conoco, DuPont was brought in as a white knight by the oil company and entered the bidding war. In the end, Seagram lost out in the Conoco bidding war, though in exchange for its stake in Conoco it became a 24.3% owner of DuPont. By 1995, Seagram was DuPont's largest single shareholder with four seats on its board.
In 1986, the company started a memorable TV commercial campaign advertising its Golden wine cooler products. With rising star Bruce Willis as pitchman, Seagram rose from fifth place among distillers to first in just two years. In 1987, Seagram engineered a $1.2 billion takeover of French cognac maker Martell & Cie. In 1995, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was eager to get into the film and electronic media business. On April 6, 1995, after being approached by Bronfman, DuPont announced a deal whereby the company would buy back its shares from the Seagram company for $9 billion. Seagram was criticized by the investment community—the 24.3% stake in DuPont accounted for 70% of Seagram's earnings. Standard & Poor's took the unusual step of stating that the sale of the DuPont interest could result in a downgrade of Seagram's more than $4.2 billion of long-term debt. Bronfman used the proceeds of the sale to acquire a controlling interest in MCA, whose assets included Universal Pictures and its theme parks. Seagram purchased PolyGram and Deutsche Grammophon.
In 2000, Edgar Bronfman Jr. sold controlling interest in Seagram's entertainment division to Vivendi, the beverage division to Pernod Ricard and Diageo. By the time Vivendi
Scapa distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery on The Mainland of Orkney, Scotland on the shore of Scapa Flow near the town of Kirkwall. Scapa is the second most northern whisky distillery in Scotland, half a mile south of the Highland Park Distillery; the distillery has one spirit still producing a single malt whisky. It produces an honey flavoured whisky, less peaty than most Island Whiskies; this is because, though the water at the source is peaty, it gets transported to the distillery through pipelines to avoid more contact with the peat. Furthermore, the malt is not dried over peat smoke; the distillery, founded in 1885 by Macfarlane & Townsend, was during the 1950s acquired by Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd and rebuilt. In 1994 it was mothballed, faced definitive closure in 2004. During that period, the most available edition was the Scapa 12 years old, still is a most distinctive island whisky for its subtle heathery honey plus sea taste. Still, it was decided to rebuild/restore the distillery, the first new spirit in 10 years flowed in November 2004.
Because of the time-gap, it was decided to stop the 12 years and introduce the 14 years, quite different from its predecessor though the basic characteristics are intact. The 14-year expression of the Scapa offering has been given fair-to-good reviews at international spirit ratings competitions, it won gold and double gold medals at the 2005 and 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions, but received a more modest score of 85 in 2005 from the Beverage Testing Institute. In November 2009, Scapa was re-launched as a 16 years old whisky, with an extra two years in first fill American oak casks. Whisky Scotch whisky List of whisky brands List of distilleries in Scotland Scapa website
Scotch whisky is malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be made in a manner specified by law. All Scotch whisky was made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky, blended grain Scotch whisky, blended Scotch whisky. All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky. A whisky without an age statement is known as a no age statement whisky, the only guarantee being that all whisky contained in that bottle is at least three years old; the first written mention of Scotch whisky is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1495. A friar named John Cor was the distiller at Lindores Abbey in Newburgh, where, in October 2017, malt whisky production restarted for the first time in 522 years.
Many Scotch whisky drinkers refer to a unit for drinking as a dram. As of 23 November 2009, the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 define and regulate the production, packaging as well as the advertising of Scotch whisky in the United Kingdom, they replace previous regulations that focused on production. International trade agreements have the effect of making some provisions of the SWR apply in various other countries as well as in the UK; the SWR define "Scotch whisky" as whisky that is: Produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley all of which have been: Processed at that distillery into a mash Converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems Fermented at that distillery only by adding yeast Distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8% Wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres for at least three years Retaining the colour and taste of the raw materials used in, the method of, its production and maturation Containing no added substances, other than water and plain caramel colouring Comprising a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40% A Scotch whisky label comprises several elements that indicate aspects of production, age and ownership.
Some of these elements are regulated by the SWR, some reflect tradition and marketing. The spelling of the term "whisky" is debated by journalists and consumers. Scottish, Welsh and Canadian whiskies use "whisky", Irish whiskies use "whiskey", while American and other styles vary in their spelling of the term; the label always features a declaration of the grain whiskies used. A single malt Scotch whisky is one, produced from malt in one distillery. One may encounter the term "single cask", signifying the bottling comes from one cask; the term "blended malt" signifies that single malt whisky from different distilleries are blended in the bottle. The Cardhu distillery began using the term "pure malt" for the same purpose, causing a controversy in the process over clarity in labelling – the Glenfiddich distillery was using the term to describe some single malt bottlings; as a result, the Scotch Whisky Association declared that a mixture of single malt whiskies must be labelled a "blended malt". The use of the former terms "vatted malt" and "pure malt" is prohibited.
The term "blended malt" is still debated, as some bottlers maintain that consumers confuse the term with "blended Scotch whisky", which contains some proportion of grain whisky. The brand name featured on the label is the same as the distillery name. Indeed, the SWR prohibit bottlers from using a distillery name. A bottler name may be listed, sometimes independent of the distillery. In addition to requiring that Scotch whisky be distilled in Scotland, the SWR require that it be bottled and labelled in Scotland. Labels may indicate the region of the distillery. Alcoholic strength is expressed on the label with "Alcohol By Volume" or sometimes "Vol". Bottled whisky is between 40% and 46% ABV. Whisky is stronger when first emerging from the cask—normally 60–63% ABV. Water is added to create the desired bottling strength. If the whisky is not diluted before bottling, it can be labelled as cask strength. A whisky's age may be listed on the bottle providing a guarantee of the youngest whisky used. An age statement on the bottle, in the form of a number, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product.
A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed age whisky. Scotch whisky without an age statement may, by law, be as young as three years old. In the early 21st century, such "No age statement" whiskies became more common, as distilleries responded to the depletion of aged stocks caused by improved sales. A label may carry a bottling date. Whisky does not mature once bottled, so if no age statement is provided, one may calculate the age of the whisky if both the distillation date and bottling date are given. Labels may carry various declarations of filtration techniques or final maturation processes. A Scotch whisky labelled as "natural" or "non-chill-filtered" has not been thro