In June 1953, the very first batch of Royal Salute was bottled by master blender, Charles Julian, to commemorate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Sixty years later, as we gathered in the Tower of London’s Queen's House before the guns roared to mark the 60th anniversary of HM The Queen's Coronation, Colin Scott was able to share with the assembled guests the first glass of a new whisky gem that he had blended especially for the occasion: Royal Salute The Diamond Tribute. A jewel of outstanding purity and exquisite taste, Royal Salute The Diamond Tribute is an incomparable blend inspired by the flawless perfection of a diamond. This ultimate expression of the Master Blender’s art celebrates the preciousness of eternal bonds. Royal Salute The Diamond Tribute has been crafted from an exclusive collection of whiskies, the rarest of which have been selected from the Royal Salute Vault at Strathisla, the oldest working distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. Legendary among whisky connoisseurs, the Royal Salute Vault is home to the rarest and most precious casks, carefully locked away to mature for a minimum of 21 years.
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.
Concentrated rich fruit aromas of peaches and complimented by a sensation of sherry and a wonderful spicy liquorice tang.
Very long and sweet with a luscious warmth.
Full and exceptionally sweet echoing the nose. Rich creamy toffee flavours intermingled with juicy moist raisins.