The Whisky Shop sells one of world's most expensive whiskies at £150,000
The Whisky Shop is selling one of the world's most expensive whiskies, Tribute to Honour, in its flagship Piccadilly store for £150,000.
Royal Salute was first released in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - a powerful and sophisticated blend of whiskies aged for a minimum of 21 years. Six decades later, their rarest and most sumptuous whisky ever, Tribute to Honour, has been created by Colin Scott to redefine the pinnacle of Scotch whisky and pay homage to the Honours of Scotland - Britain's oldest crown jewels.
Colin Scott has worked for Chivas Brothers for nearly forty years, and has been the company's Master Blender since 1989. Originally hailing from the Orkney Islands, Colin trained as an accountant before realising that his destiny was to follow his father and grandfather into the whisky industry.
Tribute to Honour is a testimony to Colin's creative and technical talent as a truly dedicated master of the art of blending fine Scotch whisky.
For the creation of Tribute to Honour, Colin Scott has selected only the rarest and most opulent whiskies from the extraordinary archive of liquid history held in the warehouses at Strathisla distillery, the home of Royal Salute.
Although none of the whiskies used are less than 45 years old, these irreplaceable casks have defied the decades of natural evaporation - the angel's share - to save a few precious litres for Colin to assemble into a blend of truly unprecedented majesty.
Craftsman at Garrard's, the Queen's jewellers for several decades, have dressed Tribute to Honour with no fewer than 413 black and white diamonds, studded across the stopper, collar and sterling silver plinth of the bottle, while creating a stunning replica of the Sword of State,one of the trilogy of treasures that are The Honours of Scotland, on the front of the bottle, flanked by exquisitely-crafted golden lions.
Just 21 decanters of Tribute to Honour have been created and each one individually numbered - the Whisky Shop is selling number 17. Less than 15 litres of this fabulous 45 year old spirit have been hand-bottled into bejewelled flagons of the finest French porcelain. Prior to release, only Master Blender Colin Scott has tasted his intensely-concentrated, silky masterpiece:
"Rich and languid, the sensuously smooth texture of the spirit embraces the palate as never before. The luxuriously long finish carries echoes of the blended whiskies£ enriching age. It leaves you speechless, in awe of the experience and wanting to savour every drop."
Andrew Torrance, managing director of the Whisky Shop Piccadilly, said: "The Whisky Shop is the first retail store in the UK to provide a dedicated platform for some of the world's most exclusive whiskies and we are proud to be able to offer Tribute to Honour.
"Our premium flagship Piccadilly store was designed to be luxurious, accessible and educational to both whisky novices and connoisseurs alike and we have already had considerable interest in Tribute to Honour and the heritage and craftsmanship of this prestigious product."
Colin Scott said: "Chivas Brothers has a phenomenal archive of high-aged whiskies, some of which, after decades of careful maturation, have acquired a rich intensity and deep concentration of sumptuous characters. It is these very few whiskies which I have personally selected to compose Tribute to Honour - this opulent and rarest of blends."