The first batch of the Eternal Reserve collection was released in 2015, and it has been blended using the unique and innovative Circular Blending process by Chivas Brothers.
Created to honour Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her Coronation in 1953, the Royal Salute line of ultra-premium luxury whiskies began with the Royal Salute 21-Year-Old.
The first bottle of Royal Salute was blended and bottled on the orders of then Seagram’s owner, Samuel Bronfman who wished to create a whisky fit for royal occasions, worthy of being presented to a monarch.
To this day, Royal Salute is the only line of whisky that begins at 21 years of age. Over the years, many more exceptional and limited edition bottlings of Royal Salute have been released by the brand to mark important Royal occasions and milestones such as the Union of the Crown, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation among others.
The Royal Salute Eternal Reserve was released in 2015, enclosed within a specially designed, hand-made Wade porcelain flagon adorned with the brilliant new insignia. Designed to represent both the Circular Blending process and the 88 barrels chosen to create the whisky, the Royal Salute Eternal Reserve is a prestigious and worthy inclusion in the brand’s celebrated and coveted inventory.
Along with the Royal Salute Eternal Reserve, The Royal Salute holds an amazing line of whiskies such as Royal Salute 38, Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, The Royal Salute Diamond Tribute and the Royal Salute 100 Cask Selection
Chivas Regal have created the Eternal Reserve blend using an innovative and immensely special procedure of maturing the whisky known as Circular Blending.
The Eternal Reserve blend is initially created using some of the finest and the most prestigious source whiskies available to the Chivas Brothers. Only the whiskies with the most everlasting finish is chosen to create the heart of the Royal Salute Eternal Reserve blend.
The fingerprint malt whiskies for all Chivas blends are traditionally from the Strathisla Distillery at the Speyside. It is the oldest Speyside distillery and the oldest continuously functioning distillery in Scotland.
Once married together to perfection, the blended whisky is then married in 88 handpicked barrels and stored in what the brand refers to as the Royal Vault for a period of six months.
Before being removed from the barrels and bottled, some of the spirit from the 88 barrels is held back into the 88 barrels used to mature it. This residual whisky is then used for the next batch of whisky, which will similarly have some of its blend held back. This is the process described by Royal Salute as Circular Blending, ensuring the whisky lives on forever. Source - https://thewhiskeywash.com/whiskey-styles/scotch-whiskey/royal-salute-the-eternal-reserve-born-of-special-blending/
The Royal Salute Eternal Reserve carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
The Royal Salute Eternal Reserve has not won any major whisky tasting awards or medals.
A dreamy sensation of ripeness is the first to arrive. Pears in syrup, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. An unmistakable promise of intense sweetness to come.
Like the changing of green to gold and the falling of the leaves, the burst of the rich sensuality of liquid honey, juice-laden oranges and tangy liquorice. Mellow, graceful and serene.
Time passes to reveal a beautiful and incredibly long lingering culmination. Like the eternal cycle of nature. A finish that lasts and lasts; never-ending.