Historic Scotch bottler Royal Salute recently unveiled a limited edition collection to celebrate the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II … The Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition.
A statement from Royal Salute notes that this expression is a tribute to the Queen’s regal heritage, as the Scotch brand has a historical link to the British monarchy, seeing that the first flagons of Royal Salute created in 1953 were for a gift to Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day.
For travel retail shoppers globally, 38 of the 147 bottles of this limited release are available to passengers across London Heathrow Airport, Dubai International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Haikou Meilan International Airport, Sanya Phoenix International Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Incheon International Airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok, Ben Gurion Airport and Sydney Airport.
Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition looks to blend what’s described as traditionalism and modernity, and Royal Salute notes that the whisky is inspired by the vibrant and joyous style of the Queen.
Her use of the hidden language of costume has been honed throughout her reign and her use of brooches to show thoughtfulness, empathy and commemoration is a reminder of the power of symbolism.
The makers at Royal Salute were inspired by seven iconic brooches from Her Majesty’s personal collection, and those designs have been engraved on seven different decanters and box designs, with a color palette reflective of her noteworthy wardrobe.
The whisky itself is what’s noted to be a layered blend, finished for more than two years in Tawny Port casks (a wine served during a Coronation Banquet in 1953) and includes high-aged whiskies from seven long-shuttered stills.
The distiller’s notes show that this unique expression features red apple notes of the Inverleven Distillery, the blackcurrant vibrancy of Lochside and rich toffee of Caperdonich. The blend came under the nurture and crafting of Royal Salute Master Blender Sandy Hyslop.
Each of the individually numbered 147 collectable decanters are made from hand-blown Dartington crystal, so each bottle is unique. The box features seven embossed lines which represent the seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign.
Master Blender Sandy Hyslop said, “For this momentous occasion, I wanted to create a blend that captured Royal Salute’s unique heritage, while honoring the Queen’s seven decades of reign. We have expertly achieved this by using incredibly rare whisky from no fewer than seven stills to represent her time on the throne. It is an honor to have had a role to play in this piece of history; a task that has allowed us to release a prestigious whisky that also acts as a precious collector’s item for whisky lovers to cherish.”
And also in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute partnered with London-based jewelers Bentley + Skinner to create a unique brooch in honor of the Platinum Jubilee. The custom piece is made of 18-carat yellow gold, platinum and set with 70 diamonds, and will accompany a single crystal decanter and wooden box depicting the bespoke design.
The one-off set including the brooch, designed bottle and box will be up for auction, alongside a separate lot of all seven crystal decanters at Christie’s on June 8th.
The Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition is available this June at selected specialist retailers with a suggested retail price of $20,000.
For more information, check out www.royalsalute.com.
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