Crafted from whiskies aged for no less than 38 years, this unique blend shares its name with the Stone of Destiny, that legendary and enigmatic Coronation stone of the ancient Scottish Kings. Some even say it is the Stone of Jacob, referred to in Old Testament Book of Genesis.
The Scots certainly hold it in reverent awe and were jubilant in 1996 when, after many battles and exactly 700 years in English hands, it was finally returned to its homeland, Scotland. It was last used in Westminster Abbey at the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and now rests in Edinburgh Castle alongside the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish Crown Jewels.
Royal Salute 38 Years Old Stone of Destiny is presented in a distinctive porcelain granite-effect flagon, crafted by Révol in France. Such an evocatively elemental setting is enhanced by a hand-crafted 24 carat gold plated crest commemorating the arms of Scottish brave-hearted warriors. This martial motif is then carried through to the 24 carat gold-plated stopper inspired by the hilt of the ancient two handed Scottish broadsword, the Claymore.
It is, quite literally, history in the making. Not unlike the 38-year epic journey of the whisky from the distillery to your palate. And those fortunate enough to savor a dram would have been justified in addressing themselves with the ancient Scottish toast: “Here’s to us. Who’s like us? Fair few.
The first bottles of Royal Salute were created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. This exceptional blend takes its name from the Royal Navy's traditional 21 gun salute for official figures.
Today, Royal Salute is still the only Scotch whisky with a range starting at 21 years old. The first Royal Salute 21-year-old was created using some of the world's rarest whiskies, aged in cellars since the 1920s and 1930s.
Since 1953, only four people have had the privilege, thanks to their expertise, keen sense of smell and intuition, of serving as Master Blender for Royal Salute. Each in their own way, these veritable artists have contributed towards the creation of outstanding blends, using all their talent to select some of the world's oldest and rarest whiskies.
Drawing from Chivas Brothers' outstanding whisky stocks, built up since the 19th century, Royal Salute is always able to produce prestigious blends of aged whiskies.
Full, deep aromas of cedar-wood and almonds with a rich, sherried oakiness.
Full, with the richness of dried fruits, assertive spiciness and a deep floral fragrance.
Full, long and lingering