The history and heritage of the Royal Salute have always been rooted in the British Monarchy. Originally crafted in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute, the Scotch whisky brand continues to mark the British Monarchy’s milestones by crafting new and innovative expressions.
After the Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition, which was launched to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, master blender Sandy Hyslop has recently unveiled an equally exquisite expression, named Royal Salute 30 Year Old Key to the Kingdom.
The blend was inspired by the Ceremony of the Keys, an annual Royal ceremony at the Holyroon Palace in Scotland where the keys to the City of Edinburgh are presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Hyslop tried to capture the spirit and grandeur of this long-standing ritual in a bottle by crafting the blend with hand-selected whiskies, each one aged for a minimum of 30 years. Moreover, these whiskies had been sourced across Scotland by Hyslop—a fitting tribute to the country that birthed the Royal Salute.
As Hyslop elaborates: “Each whisky that was selected to create this new expression is of the utmost quality, and from the start of production through to bottling, it was a thorough process that required constant care and attention.” The result? A whisky masterpiece that first entices you with its sweet and fruity aromas interwoven with notes of ripe, juicy pears, blood orange and thick set honey.
Now, take a sip and savour its complex flavours that echo the sweet and fruity aromas, but balanced by the characters of candied walnuts, warm rhubarb crumble and peaches in syrup. The more you sip, the more you will fully enjoy additional subtle and warm spice notes layered with cinnamon and ginger.
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