Royal Salute 21 Year is an homage by Chivas Regal to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. At 21 years, it is also the youngest in the Royal Salute line-up. Why 21 years old you might ask? 21 is an important designation as it refers to the 21-gun-salute, for generations a form of honor and respect to sovereigns and dignitaries. Be aware that there are 3 different colors for the ceramic decanters (sapphire, ruby, and emerald), but the spirit is the same.
COMPRISED OF BOTH SINGLE MALT(S) AND SINGLE GRAIN(S) OFTEN FROM MANY DIFFERENT DISTILLERIES; IF SCOTCH OR IRISH MUST BE AGED FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS IN OAK BARRELS; IRISH MAY INCLUDE SINGLE POT STILL WHISKEY IN THE BLEND.
“The nose is quite pleasant and fresh, with orange zest, soft spices, gingerbread and generous cereals. Luckily the taste matches the nose immediately, with a very smooth approach, before going towards more burnt caramel and even a little tar. More wood influence comes next, with a much drier profile leading to hints of smokiness. This is a lovely blended scotch that would have gained in style from being a touch less dry, if I may say.”