A celebration isn’t a celebration without a toast….
Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tipple is reportedly Dubonnet, but if you’re not a fan of the spiced fortified wine, why not toast the summer with a different commemorative beverage?
John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, have created a special Jubilee blend which was bottled on February 6th this year, 60 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne.
There are just 60 bottles available, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, and the Jubilee blend combines grain and malt whiskies, all distilled in and maturing since 1952, finished in a marrying cask of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
According to Master Distiller Jim Beveridge, the whisky “skillfully combines whiskies distilled in and maturing since 1952 into a jubilant, vital celebration of the blender’s art: a profoundly well-structured, unique whisky that is full of considered maturity yet also displays a joyous vitality; somehow complex whilst also elegantly simple, well-poised and harmonious.” Sounds like a certain reigning lady we know….
It promises to be a delight, but it is not just the whisky that we like. John Walker & Sons have collaborated with other Royal Warrant holders and master craftsmen to create the perfect presentation. Baccarat have designed crystal, diamond-shaped decanters on six radial legs (for each decade of Queen Elizabeth’s reign); Scottish silversmiths Hamilton & Inches have adorned these with a commemorative collar; Cumbria Crystal provide a pair of specially-designed lead crystal glasses engraved by Philip Lawson Johnston with wildlife scenes from Balmoral and Sandringham. All of this is housed together in a bespoke cabinet by N.E.J Stevenson, crafted from oak and native Caledonian pine, again from Sandringham and Balmoral.
The rare editions cost £100,000 each, with profits going Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association that preserves rare craft and conservation skills.
For more information, go to www.johnniewalker.com.