Royal Salute is a brand of Scotch whisky produced by Chivas Brothers. Chivas Brothers traces its roots to the opening of a grocery store in Aberdeen in 1801. The name Chivas Brothers was taken from the 17th century House of Schivas, a large house in the town of the Schivas in Aberdeenshire. The store sold luxury food items such as coffee, exotic spices, French brandies, and Caribbean rums to wealthy customers. As the business grew, Chivas Brothers gained a reputation for supplying smooth malt whiskies of the highest quality to their customers.
In 1842, Chivas Brothers was requested to supply provisions to the royal family at Balmoral Castle upon Queen Victoria’s first visit to Scotland. The Royal Salute brand’s home is Strathisla Distillery at Keith, Moray, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla. It is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. Chivas Brothers purchased Strathisla in 1950 to safeguard this natural sweet malt for Chivas Regal.
Strathisla Single Malt is one of the malt whiskies used as part of the Chivas Regal blend. Launched in 1953, this Chivas Royal Salute served as a tribute to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Named after the traditional 21-gun salute, this blended whisky have been aged for at least of 21 years. This Royal Solute is bottled in porcelain flagons, manufactured by Wade Porcelain. The flask incorporates the image of Robert the Bruce and bearing a Gaelic motto. Royal Salute 21 Year Old is packaged in three collectible colours, inspired by the jewels in the Coronation crown: sapphire, ruby and emerald. We have the sapphire Royal Salute.
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Tasting notes on the Chivas Royal Salute
COLOUR: This is quite a dark blended whisky. The colour is close to amber and it is reasonably oily.
NOSE: The Royal Salute has a very delicate nose. There are notes of vanilla and caramel with lots of fresh-cut flowers. The fresh-cut flowers become more pronounced after adding a few drops of water. There are very subtle hints of smoke in the background.
PALATE: The Royal Salute is very smooth. Tasting it brings notes of vanilla and sweetness to the palate. There is an abundance of fresh fruit and little hints of smoke. It is not the most complex whisky and quite thin on the mouth. But the flavours of oak and barley combines with fresh fruit and becomes amazingly balanced. There are faint hints of spice and ginger.
FINISH: The whisky finish ends in notes of spice and toffee. The Royal Salute has a medium long finish.
Therefore, we awarded the 21 yo Chivas Royal Salute blended whisky a RATING: EXCELLENT.
The sapphire flask is a beautiful addition to any collection. We had another glass and for us, wanting a second glass, is always the double-check to see if our rating is correct. If we share a second glass, it is definitely a whisky worth spending some quality time around.
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