The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations have already begun. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is taking a leisurely tour around a number of locations in Scotland & the United Kingdom to attend small celebrations with the public in advance of the commemoration on 2nd June 1952 of her 60 years as British Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth. The summer months are set to be the pinnacle of this Jubilee Year with a number of celebrations being organised, not least the Diamond Jubilee Concert to be held in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday 4th June this year – we will ignore the discrepancy in dates as it is a great excuse for a public holiday!
The Queen may reside in London but her connections with Scotland are strong and lasting. With a room awaiting at the Royals’ Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle among beautiful Highland settings, she is also not too far away from some ‘aqua vitae’. Just along the road from her Scottish abode is Royal Lochnagar, a distillery that was established back in 1825 near the banks of the River Dee just outside the town of Ballater. The distillery was granted royal status following a visit by Queen Victoria and her family in 1848. Although we are unsure as to whether the current Queen is a big fan of Scotch Malt we like to think that she is at least privy to a wee dram when holidaying north of the border. We’re delighted to see one cannie independent bottler has siezed the oppotunity to bottle a 9 year old single malt Royal Loachnagar Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Scotch £39.99 (£33.32 ex VAT).
And the relationship between the royal family and Scotch has long been established within the industry. Many royal occasions have often been marked by special Scotch whiskies over the years. For example Macallan Distillery produced a special Macallan Royal Wedding bottle to mark the marriage of Prince William and the now Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, £749.99 (£624.99 ex VAT).
Similarly a number of special bottlings have emerged over the past few months, dedicated to the Queen’s Jubilee year. Not least, a somewhat special 1952 vintage by Gordon & MacPhail; Glen Grant 60 Year Old Diamond Jubilee at £7,999 (£6,666.66 ex VAT). This unique and quite remarkable Glen Cairn Crystal decanter packed in a hand made Scottish Elm box which can only be opened with two solid silver keys and we have it in stock here at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.
However, not to be outdone, we here at The Whisky Barrel also feel that commemorating important events such as this are made all the better with a nice wee dram of Scotch Whiskey without extending the mortgage. So to mark this occasion we have produced a special and exclusive Jubilee Malt bottling that is a bit less dependent on how many £100 notes you can fit in your Sporran. This 21 year old single malt scotch distilled on Islay at the Bunnahabhain Distillery and bottled exclusively for TheWhiskyBarrel.com, not only provides an excellent dram to accompany the celebrations it is proving to be just as elusive. With only 90 bottles available these promptly sold out within hours. This has somewhat caught The Whisky Barrel Blog team out – our blog typing fingers were not able to match the speed at which the bottles were going out the door. However, we are glad to announce that due to the demand for the bottle, drum-roll please, we present a sister cask Jubilee Malt Extra Regal 21 Year Old £64.99 (54.16 ex VAT) distilled at Bunnahabhain Distillery and matured in a fresh sherry butt for twenty-one years and featuring a rather splendid Crown Jewel on the label. It’s no coincidence the Isle of Islay is also known as the Queen of the Hebrides.
True to form, The English Whiskey distillery (formally St George’s Distillery) follows on from their 2011 Royal Wedding William & Kate with a new expression English Whiskey Diamond Jubilee 2012 £59.99 (£49.99 ex VAT) distilled using malted barley grown on the Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen.