Inspired by the 21 Gun Salute, a practice used to commemorate special royal occasions, and commissioned in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal coronation, the 21-year-old expression was the first in the Royal Salute line of luxury blended Scotch whiskies.
From the world of Chivas Brothers, the Royal Salute 21-year-old was the brainchild of Samuel Bronfman. Developed in 1953, this expression was birthed out of Samuel Bronfman’s desire to create a whisky that were fit for a Queen herself.
Described as a ‘powerful, sophisticated and opulent’ blend, the rich and lavish taste of the Royal Salute 21-Year-Old is achieved by marrying the rarest and the most carefully selected single malt and grain whiskies to produce a taste that defined the very meaning of a luxury whisky.
Bottled in a Sapphire coloured porcelain Wade decanter made of Cornish clay, it takes nearly 5-6 days to produce, the Royal Salute 21-year-old was not only a landmark in whisky making, but art itself.
Commissioned to embody every aspect of royalty, the Royal Salute 21-year-old is the quintessential definition of a rich history, inside and out. The classic Wade decanter is also available in two other colours; Emerald and Ruby.
The Royal Salute 21-Year-Old is golden amber in colour, and has an alcohol content of 40%.
In addition to the first Royal Salute expression, more have been released over the years to commemorate momentous occasions for the British Monarchy.
The Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Moray, Speyside, the oldest functioning distillery in the Highlands region of Scotland is the home of the Royal Salute brand, and the Strathisla Single Malt is one of the source whiskies used to blend this iconic, and extravagant blended Scotch whisky.
Powerful aromas of Citrus and Sweet Pears, balanced with the full fragrance of summer flowers. Hints of sweet vanilla, and dry Oaky notes are followed by subtle notes of sherry and smoke.
Sweet flavours of Orange marmalade and fresh pears followed by a rich, medley of spices and nuttiness of hazelnuts with traces of smokiness.
A long, sweet and lingering finish that is distinctly fruity.