Luxury blended whisky brand Royal Salute sent Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a regally boozy present. The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is a blended Scotch made specifically for the purpose of celebrating the royal celebration. In addition to the bottle sent to the royal family, only 70 bottles have been made available to purchase for a princely sum of USD 10,000.
However, the Royal Salute team, and especially Chivas Brothers master blender Sandy Hyslop, have included many touches acknowledging the life and heritage of the couple. This whisky marks the first time that Royal Salute has created a release matured entirely in American oak barrels, a nod to the bride’s American heritage.
Included in the mix of whiskies are also 33 and 36 year old whiskies, in honor of their ages.
The rest of the mix isn’t too shabby either, and Hyslop was excited to create a whisky fit for a prince. “I thought carefully about the selection of aged whiskies in our extensive inventory to create an expression suitable for such an occasion. Royal Salute whiskies are always a minimum of 21 years old, so I had a great starting point.”
A significant proportion of the blend was matured in first-fill American Oak casks and some of the distilleries used include Glen Keith, Longmorn, Strathisla, Alt A Bhainne, Braeval single malts, Strathclyde grain whisky, as well as whisky from the Caperdonich distillery that closed in 2002.
The oldest whisky in the blend is a regal 55-year-old, and it’s bottled at 54.5% alcohol.
A royal whisky requires packaging to match, and each of the 70 hand-blown decanters made by Dartington Crystal is engraved with an individual number and images of roses, thistles and barley in silver ink. They are displayed in a hand-crafted American Oak box, with images of vivid daffodils to celebrate Harry’s title as Prince Henry of Wales, and California poppies in tribute to Meghan’s birth place of Los Angeles.