Drinks

Chivas Regal Collaboration with Andrew Simpson

Jared Acquaro

Chivas Regal has collaborated with Andrew Simpson of famed industrial design house Vert Design to create a bespoke whisky tumbler that enhances the whisky experience and celebrates the 85 unique flavour notes found in a single drop of award-winning Chivas 18.

Working with Australia’s best glass blower, Simpson drew inspiration from the 1000-year-old Venetian glassware tradition — a world-renowned technique which emphasises the importance of hand-forming and the inclusion of colour — to epitomise the whisky.

Chivas 18 is a uniquely rich and multi-layered blend created by Colin Scott, one of the world’s most experienced Master Blenders.

“Glassware is a study of light, geometry, and the stability of the material. Through this, we can create something that is not only beautiful but functional” Andrew Simpson

“The Venetian design is incredibly craft-based which allowed us to use certain techniques and textures that highlight the luxury and quality of Chivas 18. It’s a generous and beautiful way to shape and add colour to the glass”, says Simpson.

The result is a design which pays homage to both tradition and purpose, a contemporary vision of the traditional whisky drinking ritual where a watch glass cover is used to keep the whisky vapours inside.

The glass cover can also be used for snacks to accompany the whisky for an extra element to taste. Once removed, they can be released and the generous aromas truly appreciated.

Simpson’s tumbler features a clear, pineapple-textured, base which is reminiscent of British crystal, allowing the drinker to see the rich colour of the whisky.

The bowl and lip are cobalt blue – a colour synonymous with Chivas 18.

The design is complemented by a narrow rim, which aligns flawlessly with the lips and a flame polished lid which traps the evoking aromas of the whisky.

These elements combine to create the perfect sip, a true appreciation of the craft and generosity in the glass of Chivas Regal 18.

I was lucky enough to try both the Chivas 18 and the new glassware here in Melbourne at The Bank.

All locations across Australia are:

Sydney

Grain
Bel & Brio
Shirt Bar
Marble Bar

Melbourne

The Whiskey Boutique (Ms Collins)
Garden State Hotel
The Bank on Collins

Brisbane
Blackbird Bar and Restaurant

Jared Acquaro

Director & Editor of A Poor Man’s Millions

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