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#1 AVB

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:53 PM

Review C. For those who don't remember or never had Roman Numerals, C means 100. This is my 100th scotch review and it has been an interesting and enjoyable 3 years getting to this point.

Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 yo blended Scotch Whisky. 750ml, Ceramic decanter bottle available in various colors, box and velour bag packaging, about $140-160, available nationwide.

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I wanted to do something somewhat normal for my hundredth review since many of the future ones will be fairly esoteric as I try to fill in the collection. To that end I selected the famous Chivas Regal Royal Salute.

Royal Salute was created by the Chivas Brothers to celebrate the Corination of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and at 21 years old is normally the top of their line. A 50 year old version was released in 2003 for the Queen's 50th anniversary on the throne. 21 was picked to symbolize the 21 gun salute (The Royal Salute) usually reserved for Monarchs and Heads of State. Chivas packages Royal Salute in a ceramic bottle made by Wade of England and on it they put an embossed scene on the front depicting a knight on horseback with a sword, accompanied by a banner displaying: 'Chivas Treibhireas Bho 1801 Bunaiteachd' - the Chivas motto. Besides being Gaelic I have no idea what that actually means.

The wife and I had a great dinner of Lemon Pepper Chicken and after letting that sit for almost an hour I poured a good dollop of Royal Salute into my glass and sat down in front of my computer to write you this review. The color is a dark straw yellow in the glass and this is noticeably darker then most blends. The nose is soft with fruits and a bourbon-vanilla background mixed with some soft spices. Tasting brings out a smooth ginger along with the nosed fruits and the faintest touch of cinnamon. The finish is long with muted spices, a touch of maltiness and a soft fade at the end. This bottle is truly a great dram.

I have found over the years that this blend changes ever so slightly with some being a bit better then others. Luckily this bottle was one of the better ones but even if it is on the other side it would still be very, very good. Another question I'm asked is if the extra 3 years is worth over double the price of the Chivas Regal 18 yo. Both are excellent blends and the Royal Salute is obviously climbing up the scale of diminishing returns but it is different and not just 3 years older then the 18 and as such provides a different drinking experience.

Like Johnnie Walker Blue and The Whyte & Mackay 30, The Royal Salute is one of the top blends you can buy.

Edited by AVB, 16 December 2006 - 07:19 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2006 - 05:48 AM

Congratulations on the 100th. Great review. I'm thinking it would be nice to buy and keep the decanter that it comes in, after drinking the contents of course.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:24 AM

Thank you. Mine sits out just about how you see it in the pic even if I haven't finished the contents yet :)

Congratulations on the 100th. Great review. I'm thinking it would be nice to buy and keep the decanter that it comes in, after drinking the contents of course.



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Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:17 AM

Great review AVB and congrats on 100! I can't recall seeing this blend locally but it sounds very nice. :thumbs:

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 12:58 PM

100! Congrats and thanks for all the great reviews.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 05:49 PM

Great review.

Would the Royal Salute continue to age if it was sealed for an additional 25 years? A family member (who does not drink) has a seald bottle of Royal Salute that was purchased in '80 or '81. Should I be working harder to obtain the bottle?

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 07:17 PM

Spirits don't "age" any more once they are bottled.

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:21 AM

Congrats on C my friend! Hopefully we will get a few more Cs out of you(before you liver fails! :p ).

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 01:13 PM

Congrats on C my friend! Hopefully we will get a few more Cs out of you(before you liver fails! :p ).

AMEN TO THAT! keep up the good work. :D

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 06:34 PM

A few more C's?? I don't think my budget will handle that or the wife either :whistling:

Congrats on C my friend! Hopefully we will get a few more Cs out of you(before you liver fails! :p ).



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Posted 20 December 2006 - 07:50 AM

Maybe you will get a little help! ;) Watch any of that porn I sent ya? That Islay disc will make you buy scotch even if you don't want to!




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