Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy loves scotch and so do many others worldwide. In fact, scotch whisky will always be among the most classy beverages that money could ever buy. You still might be in a state of shock, however, to find out just what some avid lovers of scotch would be willing to pay for that special bottle. It’s actually in the six figures for some of the best scotch whisky in the world and much of it is actually made by Chivas Regal. So, why are they so expensive? When it is aged in wooden barrels, for 20 or more years, some of that precious liquid is evaporated and becomes what is called “the angel’s share”. This is what is blended into some of the very best scotch whiskies, like Chivas.
Chivas Regal is made by Chivas Brothers, which is a division of Pernod Ricard and they produce the blended scotch whisky called Chivas Regal at Strathisla Distillery at Keith, Moray in Speyside, Scotland. This distillery was started in 1786 and began producing Chivas in 1801. It is the oldest Highland distillery that is still operating to this day. And, now that distillery is also producing the new super premium blend called Chivas Regal Extra, which is sure to become a household name before long, just like original Chivas Regal, since it’s the first new Chivas to be released in seven years.
So, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the most expensive Chivas Regal scotch whiskies in the world for all of the whisky lovers one and all.
1. Royal Salute, Tribute to Honor $250,000/ 50-years-old
Chivas Regal’s latest offering is called Royal Salute “Tribute to Honor,”, which is a luxury Scotch whisky that promises to be the most expensive Chivas ever at $250,000 a bottle. This exclusive new scotch whisky is an homage to the Scottish crown jewels, which are also the oldest in the British Isles. They are also called Tribute to Honor only in this case it’s plural. And, every bottle is a handcrafted flagon made from black porcelain and contains no less than 413 white and black and diamonds that are flawless, handset in both gold and silver, and totaling 22 carats. There are only 21 of these limited edition bottles that were designed by Stephen Webster, who is the Director of Garrard, which is a London-based jeweler.
2. Chivas Regal Royal Salute: Golden Jubilee/ $10,000 / 50-years-old
This special edition was launched by Chivas Brothers for the 2002 celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s golden jubilee. This particular scotch whisky was aged for 50 years just like the queen’s reign. There were only approximately 225 bottles made and it is purported to contain a slight anise and raisin flavor. This blend’s release was in 2003 and certain hand-selected admirers of fine scotch like Sir Edmund Hillary received a bottle. All of the bottles feature a plaque of 24-carat gold.
3. Royal Salute, 62 Gun Salute /$4,000/ 40+-years-old
The release of the first bottle of luxury Chivas Regal Royal Salute was on June 2, 1953, and it celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The name is a reference to the 62 artillery rounds that were fired for commemorating all British Royal Anniversaries. This luxury scotch is blended from whiskies that each of the four Master Blenders have been selecting since the creation of the brand and aged 40 years or more. The decanter is hand-blown with walls that are double opaque and decorated in gold, bearing a handmade 24 carat liquid gold crest and a crystal stopper. The designer bottle was designed by Coley Porter Bell.
4. Chivas Regal Gold Signature Christian Lacroix Edition 75cl/ Winning Bid $539/ 18-years-old
Scotch Whiskey Auctions Lot Number: 380474- This is an embroidered and gold-stamped 40%ABV / 75cl bottle in a brocade box. The Creative Director of the House of Christian Lacroix, Sacha Walckhoff said that they believe that this bottle of scotch conveys the spirit of chivalry and maintains the quintessential feeling of exuberance and luxury that is the trademark of both Chivas Regal and the House of Christian Lacroix.
5. Chivas Regal & RAF Lossiemouth VIP Tour Package/ Winning bid: $407 / 25-years-old
This is a special 40% ABV / 70cl bottle that was flown in a Tornado GR4 at 420 knots and 250 feet by the Officer Commanding XV(R) Squadron. It was flown from Royal Air Force Lossiemouth for a routine training mission around Scotland. The winning bidder also receives an invitation to a Royal Air Force Lossiemouth VIP day where he or she and one lucky friend have the opportunity for experiencing what life is like on the Tornado GR4 Operation Conversion Unit.
This event is hosted by the XV(R) Squadron. They will also see the Tornado up close and fly a virtual multi-million pound Tornado GR4 simulator mission. In addition, they will experience take-off, flying, air-to-air refuelling, and will receive a signed by the RAF Lossiemouth Centenary Squadron print, which is a limited edition. All proceeds are being donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which was established in 1919 for supporting servicemen, former RAF members, and their families.
6. Royal Salute for a Royal Wedding/ $300/ 25-years-old
This limited edition Chivas Regal Royal Salute was bottled in 1993 for celebrating a royal wedding. This particular wedding was for Japan’s Crown Prince, Naruhito, and his bride, Masaka Owada on June 9, 1993. It’s an indication of the market for such high-end blends.
7. Chivas Royal Salute LXX Black Decanter/ Winning bid: $300 /21-years-old
Limited quantities of this Royal Salute were produced in the Black Wade decanter and a major portion of them have been rumoured to actually be quite a bit older than the advertised 21 years of age.
8. Chivas Regal Royal Salute/ Display Case/ Winning bid: $300/ 21-years-old
This Chivas Regal Royal Salute is bottled in a Ruby red Wade flagon decanter. The luxurious presentation includes a museum perspex case that sits upon a wooden plinth complete with a plaque made of brass.
9. Chivas Royal Salute Brown Decanter 75CL/ Winning bid: $217/ 21-years-old
This is a rare brown decanter version of Royal Salute that is 40% ABV / 75cl.
10. Chivas Royal Salute Decanters/ Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire / Winning bid: $210/ 21-years-old
This lot of three Chivas Royal Salutes contains 70cl @ 40% in Wade decanters of ruby, sapphire, and emerald colours.