No journalist has ever been allowed inside the Chivas Brothers blending lab in Kilmarlid, Scotland…which means whisky lovers have never gotten a look inside…until now. Master Blender Sandy Hyslop directs the production of Ballantine’s Scotch and other Chivas products from this lab, and that includes the entire range of single malt bottlings from the Chivas Brothers distilleries. We’ll get a look at everything from new make grain spirit to Ballantine’s 30-year-old Scotch, and there’s a quiz at the end. You don’t have to take it…I did. In the news, Highland Park unveils a 50-year-old expression, Diageo opens the massive Roseisle Distillery in Speyside, Old Pulteney’s looking for an Arctic Explorer, and brace yourselves, Android users…there’s an app coming your way soon.
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