Whisky fit for a queen

Date:1 June 2012 Tags:, ,

Oh, and skip the cola

It sounds a bit weird, but evidence suggests that many South Africans get choked up when they hear Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (you know, “Land of Hope and Glory”), even if they’re not remotely English. The same goes for news footage of the Queen as she goes about her business: they look at her with a kind of proprietary affection.

But does anyone care enough about our two countries’ special relationship to pay R1,25 million for a limited-edition bottle of whisky marking Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee? Er, probably not.

John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, has created the Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky, a unique blend of grain and malt whiskies that have been maturing since 1952. Finished in a cask of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, just 60 of these rare editions, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, have been offered for sale at £100 000 (about R1,25 million) each.

Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his apprentice, Matthew Crow, explored vast stocks of Scotch whisky to seek out some of the most exceptional casks of whiskies distilled in 1952, the year the Queen acceded to the throne. Two “marrying” casks were created by master cooper David Taylor, working with his journeymen tutors and apprentices, using age-old techniques.

Baccarat made the diamond-shaped crystal decanters, which stand on a base of six radial legs to reflect each decade of the Queen’s reign. They are decorated with Britannia silver adornments, including a half-carat diamond by Scottish silversmiths Hamilton & Inches.

Anyone for a little snort?

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