In less than a month, the UK and the world will see a new monarch ascend the throne of England. King Charles III will be officially crowned King and Head of the Commonwealth at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, 2023. Royal Salute is launching a limited edition whiskey called Royal Salute Coronation of King Charles III Edition to commemorate this momentous occasion.
Royal Salute is a brand steeped in tradition and celebrates the milestones of Queen Elizabeth II during her 70-year reign. The most recent occasion was Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, during which the whiskey maker launched the Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition. The brand was born to mark the coronation of the late Queen and the 21-gun salute that honored her in 1953. Continuing its tradition and royal lineage, there could not have been a more appropriate time to may Royal Salute honor him again.
The Royal Salute Coronation of King Charles III Edition is a blend of 53 rare malt and grain whiskeys, and number 53 dates back to the year the brand first became known to the world. Blending it all to perfection was a job Royal Salute Master Blender Sandy Hyslop has enjoyed doing for 40 years.
“This expression is a momentous tribute to both the British monarchy and the unique origin story of Royal Salute. I wanted to mark this momentous occasion with a blend as iconic and special as the original Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend. which was created in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953,” shares Sandy Hyslop, Royal Salute Master Blender.
“Creating this blend was the perfect opportunity to reflect on the innovative approach we have taken to blending whiskey over the past 70 years, and a moment to anticipate what can be achieved in the years to come. .”
While continuation is an important part of any establishment, there should also be a differentiating factor that makes each generation distinct. For King Charles III, he slowly restructured the British royal family by reducing the team to just seven key members. He has also done away with traditional coronation robes for the big day ahead and guests can wear simple parliamentary robes or business attire – a poignant move to show his approach to modernizing the age-old institution.
Along with this new direction, the Royal Salute Coronation of King Charles III Edition differs from the blend created to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne in 1953. The original expression, Royal Salute 21-Year-Old Signature Blend for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has notes of vanilla and orchard fruits infused with subtle sherry notes and a hint of smoke that lingers on the finish. In contrast, the new expression takes on a spicier finish with tasting notes of currents, dark chocolate and roasted chestnuts on the palate, followed by sweet figs and ginger on the finish.
Nods to Britain’s royal heritage can be seen on the facade of this exquisite liquid. The Royal Salute Coronation of King Charles III edition is housed in a Dartington crystal decanter said to represent the Imperial Crown of the State. As for the case, it is a wooden box inspired by the designs of Westminster Abbey, the site of the coronation since William the Conqueror. Inside the box, illustrations inspired by the emblems of each country that makes up the United Kingdom can be found.
Only 500 precious bottles of the Royal Salute Coronation of King Charles III edition will be available at select retailers for US$25,000. For more information, please visit royalsalute.com
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