This limited edition scotch whiskey of which only 21 bottles will be produced costs about $200,000 per bottle (approx Rs. 90 lakh). The limited edition whiskey pays tribute to Honours of Scotland, which are the Scottish Crown Jewels and the oldest crown jewels of the British Isles.
“This has been almost three years in the making,” says Neil Macdonald, Royal Salute’s Global Brand Director (seen above). “It is not like a commercial extension as such – it is a labor of love. This is the richest, rarest whisky and we needed a worthy way of presenting it.”
The bottle has been designed by Stephan Webster, the world renowned jewelry designer and creative director at Garrard. The bottle is decorated with 22 carats of flawless 413 black and white diamonds. The diamonds were handset individually in gold and silver – with a design that depicts the three symbols of Scottish power – the Sceptre, the Sword and the Crown. Reportedly over 400 bottles were produced to find 21 perfect examples.
The Tribute to Honour whisky is blended by Royal Salute’s master blender, Colin Scott, who has used the rarest and the most precious whiskies, all with a minimum age of 45 years. The rare whiskey was found in the Royal Salute Vault at Strathisla Distillery in Scotland. Only Scott has actually tasted it – that nearly all of it was used to fill the 21 bottles.