Blends

Royal Salute 21 Years Old Signature Blend (40%, OB, 2017)

Royal Salute 21 Years Old Signature Blend

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: 21 Years old
  • Bottling: OB, Chivas Brothers
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £116 available from The Whisky Exchange
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: undeclared

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What they say

ROYAL SALUTE IS THE ONLY SCOTCH WHISKY COLLECTION THAT BEGINS AT 21 YEARS OF AGE

This prestige range features whiskies that are dedicated to individuals who seek and enjoy the highest form of luxury.

The whisky takes its name from the 21 Gun Salute – a traditional sign of respect at special Royal occasions.  It was created in 1953 by successful entrepreneur, Sam Bronfman, from the rarest Scotch whiskies in the world, to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Bronfman created Royal Salute to be an extraordinary whisky, fit for royalty.

The range features whiskies that have been aged to a minimum of 21 years, blending depth and elegance to create the smooth and silky ‘king of Whisky.’

Sandy Hyslop Director of Blending at Chivas Brothers curates the Royal Salute range at the brand’s home in Strathisla Distillery, by selecting rare and mature malt and grain whiskies to create a rich and round luxurious taste.

The whisky’s flagons are meticulously handcrafted by world-famous artisans at Wade.  Each bottle takes 5-6 days to produce.  They are sculpted in Cornish clay, then naturally air-dried and finished by hand with a double layer of glazing to protect the precious contents

What I say

Royal Salute’s entry level 21 year old blend from Chivas Brothers.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper gold (11/20), slow, medium-tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Rich, malty, gristy cereal barley, sherry, raisin, oak wood, treacle, molasses, toffee, fudge, rum & raisin, fruity Oloroso sherry, Chocolate, Nutty and finally something slightly floral almost lavender and rose-like.
  • Taste: Toffee and dried fruits, leather, tannin, raisin, fig, damson, barley malt, dark brown sugars, molasses, rum & raisin ice cream with toffee sauce, dark chocolate chips, honey, woody oak, ginger spice, hazelnut praline, fruity apple and orange, candied peel.
  • Finish: Long, bitter chocolate, sweet raisin, nut and toffee and drying oak wood.

Overall

Rich, deep and powerful flavours for a blended whisky. Quite distinctive with heavy chocolate, fruit and nut character deriving from sherry cask usage.

Score 86/100

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