Scotch By Nino Marchetti / September 29, 2016 The Royal Salute blended Scotch whisky line from Chivas Brothers was originally created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. That tradition of bottlings that mark moments in British royalty history has continued, with the newest release being crafted to mark the 1603 Union of the Crowns under then James VI, King of Scots.The new Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, according to Chivas Brothers, is a blend of Scotch single malt and single grain whiskies aged for a minimum of 32 years. The distilleries these whiskies are drawn from are said to include “Longmorn with its creamy texture; the characteristically fruity Glen Keith; the sweetness of Tormore and the richness of Braeval as well as long-since closed distilleries – Lochside and Caperdonich.”As with other Royal Salute releases, this 32-year-old is presented in a nice, artistic container. This particular one is porcelain, and took 10 days to be made. The flagons are “embossed with a distinguished hand-hammered silver plaque, while a black stone set on a silver crown tops the bottle. Each bottle is unique, with the glaze giving every flagon an individual patina, the result of a secret firing process. The story of the Union of the Crowns is brought elegantly to life through the flagon’s long neck, which is decorated with a rose, a thistle and a shamrock.”“We are very pleased to present Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, a truly precious blend of aged whiskies,” said Peter Moore, prestige brand director at Chivas Brothers, in a prepared statement. “This unique Scotch unites the timeless tradition of our skills and history with a contemporary understanding of the whisky experience preferred by today’s discerning spirits drinkers.”Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns is available now for $380 USD in global travel retail. Official tasting notes are below for your consideration.Nose: Rich and fruity with notes of peaches in sweet syrup, soft caramel toffee, cinnamon and a hint of luxurious dark chocolate.Taste: Full and exquisitely smooth, sweet orange flavours balanced with soft ripe pear and a hint of liquorice and ginger cake.Finish: Long, sweet and smooth.