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Chivas Brothers opens its vault

Scotch whisky maker Chivas Brothers has unveiled The Vault, a bespoke tasting experience hosted at its Strathisla distillery.
Chivas Brothers’ portfolio of brands includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet. Guests at The Vault will have a tour of the distillery, and learn the history of the Chivas Brothers from the company’s archivist. This will be followed by a personalised tasting drawn from The Vault’s library of whiskies, before a last dram to end the experience. 
Fourteen rare high-aged casks have been revealed for the first time at The Vault, selected by Sandy Hyslop, director of blending and inventory, and cask expert Kevin Balmforth. This marks the first time these casks have been available for purchase. Casks selected include those from The Glenlivet, the defunct Caperdonich distillery, Royal Salute, and Longmore single malt.
With guidance from Chivas Brothers experts, those interested in purchasing one of the casks will have a series of tastings in order to identify their best cask match. 
Hyslop commented: “Every cask safeguarded inside The Vault demonstrates Chivas Brothers’ unrivalled quality, heritage, and craftsmanship. By opening the doors of The Vault, we are providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for those visiting Speyside, bringing some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable whiskies into the spotlight for whisky connoisseurs and collectors to enjoy, savour and purchase.”
Jacques-Henri Brive, head of luxury development at Chivas Brothers added: “The Vault is a unique place where we invite whisky aficionados to discover our exceptional cask programme through a tasting experience like no other. Every journey into The Vault is entirely bespoke, paired with the potential to own one of Chivas Brothers’ most desired whiskies and maturing it in the optimal conditions for up to four more years — which makes this offering a very special one.”

5 March 2024 - Lucy Schofield