Blended Scotch whisky brand Royal Salute officially releases its Royal Salute 30 Year Old Key to the Kingdom in the Singapore market.

“Halt! Who comes there?”
“The keys.”
“Whose keys?”
“Queen Elizabeth’s keys.”
“Pass, Queen Elizabeth’s keys.”
“God preserve Queen Elizabeth!”

This ritual exchange, between a sentry and the chief warder of the Tower of London, takes place every evening at the Tower of London as the warder returns the keys of the main gates to the Queen’s House for safekeeping after the gates are locked for the night.

Another important tradition involving keys and the Queen is held annually in Scotland. Each summer, the Queen and members of the royal family would travel up to Scotland where the Queen will be presented with the keys to the City of Edinburgh at the Holyrood Palace.

One of blended Scotch whisky brand Royal Salute’s newest whiskies, the Royal Salute 30 Year Old Key to the Kingdom, celebrates the pomp and ceremony surrounding that annual event.

Royal Salute 30YO Key to the Kingdom with box

This special Royal Salute edition has been blended together by Royal Salute Master Blender Sandy Hyslop with a selection of the finest whiskies – each aged for a minimum of 30 years – sourced from across Scotland. According to Royal Salute, the result is said to be ‘a luxuriously sweet and fruity blend with notes of ripe, juicy pears, blood orange and thick set honey that form a medley of majestic flavours, and a long finish with enduring smoky notes.’

“The new blend pays tribute to one of the longest-standing ceremonies still practiced by the British Monarchy and captures the celebratory energy and classic refinement of the Ceremony of the Keys,” shared Sandy Hyslop, Royal Salute Master Blender.

“Each whisky that was selected to create this new expression is of the utmost quality, and from the start of production through to bottling, it was a thorough process that required constant care and attention. The result is a distinguished blend and a great addition to the fantastic collection of Royal Salute high-aged Scotch whiskies,” Hyslop added.

This new expression comes in a hand-crafted, granite-effect flagon with a stopper inspired by the hilt of ancient Scottish swords. The presentation box itself displays an intricate illustration incorporating designs inspired by the Ceremony of the Keys such as ceremonial horns, royal roses, noble swords and regal crests.

Considering that Royal Salute as a brand was originally conceived as a gift by Chivas for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth back in 1953, this Key to the Kingdom is par for the course; after all, Royal Salute has always celebrated momentous occasions surrounding the Queen since its inception. It also comes at an appropriate time, with the recent Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Royal Salute 30 Year Old Key to the Kingdom is now available at select luxury retailers priced at a recommended selling price of S$530.

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