Colin Scott has dedicated a lifetime to romancing the amber liquid. His father and grandfather were both in the whisky business, and he turned out to be the Master Blender for Chivas Brothers as well as the company’s international brand ambassador. So it’s no wonder that you hear him say, “I’ve got whisky in my blood.”
Scott was in town recently to announce the formal India launch of the iconic Chivas Regal 25-year-old blend, the timing coinciding with its 100th anniversary. The relaunch of the whisky (that had been off the shelves since the Prohibition in the US) took place at a gala cermony in New York, and desi celebs including Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar and Raghavendra Rathore were present, too.
Blending, says Scott, is an art. “It’s all done with the nose —character, taste and flavour. 40-50 different whiskies are blended together… what you have is a blend of the character of each single malt.”
Scott admits that single malts enjoy a more exalted status in the market, thanks to their “sexy” image. “You can go to a distillery and watch the whole process of how they are made, whereas a blend is not quite as romantic. So a lot of people think single malts are better. But I’d say that at the end of the day, it’s not a question of good and bad…it’s that they're all different.” Still, he can’t help but draw an analogy between single malts and blended Scotch — “it’s like a mixed salad rather than a lettuce leaf!”