Royal Salute's rare 52-year-old scotch is the flagship of the brand’s Time Series

By Tempus | 26 Nov 2020 | Indulge

The Time Series 52 Year Old Single Cask Finish is a unique offering from the brand, known as the ‘King of Whisky’

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Premium whisky brand Royal Salute launched an ultra-rare limited-edition blend inspired by the “power of time” this winter, first bottled in December 2019. The Royal Salute Time Series 52 Year Old Single Cask Finish is limited to just 106 bottles and has an impressive price tag of $30,000 per bottle. 

Crafted by the brand’s master blender Sandy Hyslop, the 52 Year Old uses some of the oldest and most valuable whiskies in the brand’s collection, and each expression is presented in a hand-blown and engraved Dartington Crystal decanter, housed in a presentation box made of five layers of wood, each representing a decade of the blend. 

“It’s a personal privilege to create such an outstanding whisky for Royal Salute,” says Hyslop. “The longer the whisky matures, the more intricate it becomes and with 52 years of ageing, the delicate balance of some of the rarest of our whiskies, has created an unrivalled depth of flavour and unbelievably complex characteristic, making for a remarkable expression that perfectly shows that time is a key element of our creations.” >>

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While the whiskies of the blend are taken from 52 years of patient maturation, the last 14 years of the blend was spent in a single cask. The result is described as fruity on the nose, with notes of ripe plum, toffee red apples and dark chocolate covered hazelnuts. The taste itself is then enhanced with flavours of sweet orange marmalade with a hint of ginger and scented cloves intermingled with soft ripe pears in syrup and a tantalising touch of liquorice, with a well-balanced finish that is sweet and creamy thanks to the single cask maturation. 

Royal Salute scotch whisky was founded to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21-gun salute that honoured the occasion. Now, it is perhaps best known for its Polo Editions, created to mark its relationship with the sport of the kings – Royal Salute sponsors more than 15 international polo tournaments.