Royal Salute 50 Year Old
Blended Scotch Whisky
70cl / 40%
Royal Salute 50yo was launched in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II - and the 50th birthday of the original Royal Salute, which was created as a tribute from Chivas Brothers to the new Queen in 1953.
Royal Salute 50 year old is a blend of robust and powerful whiskies each matured in oak casks for a minimum of 50 years, resulting in a deep and sumptuous whisky.
For extra smoothness, the whiskies set aside for this special edition were married in a single cask for ten years before bottling. Only 255 bottles of royal salute 50yo were ever made.
Each bottle is presented in a deep blue porcelain flagon from wade of england, emblazoned with a unique plaque in silver and 24 carat gold.
The original royal salute was launched on the same day that her majesty queen elizabeth ii was crowned and news that sir hillary and tenzing had conquered everest reached london.
The first bottle of royal salute 50 yo coronation cask was presented to sir edmund hillary on the 50th anniversary of his reaching the summit of mount.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich sweet fruity aromas are balanced with a deep floral oakiness and a soft smoky nuttiness.
Taste: Full sweet floral and fruity raisin flavours enhanced with a smoky sweetness and nutty oakiness.
Finish: Deep and sumptuous with a warm sweet fruitiness and dry smokiness. Unrivalled Excellence.
Tasting Notes from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Nose: 24 Extremely fine strands of bourbon with suet pudding and diced apples making way for more intense raisins as the whisky warms and oxidises; just a shading of something peaty plus some earthy farmyardy-zooey aromas. But it's all rather fantastic and supremely balanced.
Taste: 24 Surprisingly peppery attack from the off with some very early smoke. But it's the mouthfeel that shines - no, glows! - enveloping and swamping every crevice with spiced fruit demonstrating exemplary composure. This is rich yet has enough bite and thrust to show shape and character. Astonishing for its age. Where the hell is the oak? Where are the cracks? Nature-defying stuff.
Finish: 22 Only short to medium length but sweet and genuinely barley rich with perhaps a hint of silky grain. Crisp and almost too clean to be true.
Balance: 25 A decade ago I tasted the Royal Salute 40 Years Old. It was probably the finest blend I had ever tasted. Now they have the 50 year-old. And it has ripped up and laughed at every rule in the book: finish apart, it has just got better and better. The most extraordinary thing here is the oak involvement. At 50 years you should be picking it out of your teeth. Not here. Instead, after its appearance on the wonderful nose, it all but vanished. Instead we are left to deal with an essay in balance...a blended whisky showing this degree of balance and elan is truly priceless.
Overall: 95 points