Whisky Focus - Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition

Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition

22nd May 2018
HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition commemorative bottling

Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition

I have to say there doesn't seem have been as many special limited edition whiskies released to mark the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle as we have seen in the past for other royal weddings but one very special whisky which stands out from the rest as always is the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition.

Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this extremely rare whisky have been created, with each housed in an elegant Dartington Crystal decanter.

Crafted by Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, who has brought together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies from the Royal Salute collection to create an exclusive expression like no other. In honour of the bride’s heritage, this unique blend has been fully matured in 100% American oak casks - a first for Royal Salute. Bottled at 54.5% ABV, Royal Salute tell me that cask selection has resulted in a long and creamy finish.

This latest commemorative Royal Salute bottling follows a long line of very impressive whisky releases which have previously been released to mark royal occasions such as The Diamond Tribute and 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, so the new Royal Wedding Edition is certainly in esteemed company.

The Royal Wedding Edition is presented in a striking Dartington Crystal decanter engraved with a unique number and displayed in a hand-crafted American Oak box. The decanter is further enhanced with delicate images of roses, thistles and barley, while the inside of the box is adorned with flowers and foliage in a subtle nod to Harry and Meghan’s spring nuptials. Images of vivid daffodils celebrate Harry’s title as Prince Henry of Wales and California poppies feature in tribute to Meghan’s birth place of Los Angeles.

Royal Salute tell me that the Royal Wedding Edition has an incredibly sweet nose with notes of luxurious vanilla ice cream and soft chocolate fudge, followed by mandarin orange and a dusting of spicy cinnamon. They say that whisky aficionados fortunate enough to sample this blend will discover a rich, fruity, and incredibly well-balanced taste, with flavours of ripe tropical banana and juicy charred pineapple. The luscious syrupy texture rolls into a hint of almonds and indulgent dark chocolate ginger sweets. Its distinctive flavour is complemented by an incredibly long and sweet finish with creamy vanilla in abundance.

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is available at selected retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt and through special enquiry at an RRP of $10,000 (US) per flagon. For more information, contact Royal Salute at contact@royalsalute.com

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