Happy birthday Your Majesty! Queen's distillers create £100,000 bottle of whisky to mark Diamond Jubilee
Last updated at 12:58 PM on 7th June 2011
Although Royal Wedding celebrations are over, patriotism is set to resume as The Queen marks sixty years on the throne with her Diamond Jubilee next year.
Having a tipple or two might be the perfect way to rejoice but at £100,000, the John Walker & Sons limited edition bottle of whisky could tip the bank balance.
The company, which holds a Royal Warrant, has announced it will be producing 60 crystal decanters of ‘Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky'.
Luxury goods: John Walker & Sons, Scotch Whisky Distillers to The Queen have created a limited edition of 'Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky' that will be auctioned with a reserve price of £100,000
Each bottle will feature a silver collar, hand set with a half carat diamond and an individually numbered silver seal.
These will be offered by invitation only, for private sale at £100,000 each with a guaranteed profit of at least £1 million going to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
In keeping with the occasion the recipe has been created from a blend of whiskies distilled in 1952 and finished in an oak cask from The Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
Jim Beveridge, Master Blender for John Walker & Sons said: 'These are extraordinary grain and malt whiskies that have been maturing slowly since 1952.
Celebration: The Queen (pictured here in 1950) will be given the first edition produced
'It’s a huge privilege to work with them using all our resources and experience to craft a John Walker & Sons blend that’s fitting for this special anniversary.'
All profits will support the QEST Diamond Jubilee Appeal so it can grow its scholarship programme, enabling traditional British craftsmanship to flourish.
Other commemorative pieces include a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses, a leather bound artefact book and a cabinet incorporating woods from The Queen’s Sandringham and Balmoral estates.
David Gates, Royal Warrant grantee at John Walker & Sons said: 'As a holder of the Royal Warrant, we felt compelled to mark this truly historic occasion with something truly exquisite.'
Today, Johnnie Walker, which was granted a Royal Warrant by King George V is sold in almost 200 countries and is the world's leading Scotch Whisky, with annual sales topping 15 million cases.
Sixty editions of ‘Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons’ will be bottled on 6th February 2012, exactly 60 years to the day since The Queen acceded to the Throne.
The auction will take place in early 2012 with the date and location confirmed later this year.
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