Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year. But for some, wonderful just isn’t enough, and they want every Christmas to be even more exceptional than the last. One way to do this is to give a loved one something memorable and exceptional, and these two words perfectly describe the Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar.
Royal Salute is a brand that sits under the renowned Chivas Brothers umbrella. It is steeped in tradition and extremely proud of its royal lineage. Although tradition is an integral part of the company, it also has a focus on the future and is constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. This can be seen in its incredible portfolio of whiskies.
After decades of delighting the most discerning palates, you would think this great brand would have done it all. It seems that it hasn’t, as 2021 ushers in a first, the launch of an exceptional, highly-limited-edition Christmas Calendar.
The Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar is leagues apart from any other whisky-based calendar you would’ve come across. This beautiful looking creation not only houses a luxurious selection of refined and contemporary Scotch whiskies, it also contains some very exclusive gifts from Royal Salute hidden behind each window.
An insight into what’s inside the Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar
The inaugural Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar contains beautifully crafted miniature flagons containing many of the brand’s finest creations. Those fortunate to receive one of the limited-edition sets will get the opportunity to experience some of the brand’s most iconic blends, which we will be detailing a little later in this feature.
In addition to the exceptional drams will be an exclusive range of lifestyle accessories that include nosing glasses, porcelain tumblers, a fragranced candle and more. We thought it better not to reveal everything; after all, part of the magic of Christmas is in the surprise.
The exceptional blends in the Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar:
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend:
Nose: Powerful aromas of sweet pears and citrus fruits are balanced with the full fragrance of autumn flowers. Elegant aromas of sweet vanilla and oak have been enhanced with subtle notes of sherry and smoke.
Taste: The first sip releases sumptuous, sweet orange marmalade flavours infused with fresh pears that burst across the tongue. The second brings a rich medley of spices and a nuttiness of hazelnuts that have an intensity before finally releasing a warmth with hints of smokiness.
Finish: Rich, long and lingering.
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Malts Blend:
Nose: A melody of soft ripe fruits, namely pears, sweet peaches, mandarin oranges, blackcurrant jam and sweet violets.
Taste: Super sweet and rich, echoing the nose. Apricots, creamy vanilla and banana crème brulée all rounded off with a touch of spicy clove boiled sweets.
Finish: Long, sweet and tangy.
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Lost Blend:
Nose: Balanced and complex with notes of sweet orange and peaches intermingled perfectly with smouldering bonfire embers.
Taste: Juicy sweet pears, fresh hazelnuts, charred orange rind completed perfectly with aromatic smoky peat.
Finish: Long and smooth with a wisp of smoke.
The full-sized 21 Year Old Snow Polo Edition for illustrative purposes.
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Snow Polo Edition:
Nose: Bursting with sweet flavours of creamy toffee, soft peaches and juicy raspberries intermingled with creamy vanilla ice cream, all reminiscent of an indulgent peach melba.
Taste: The palate is sweet and smooth, echoing the nose—layered flavours of clear blossom honey, orange marmalade, and a touch of toasted hazelnuts.
Finish: Balanced, smooth and sweet.
The full-sized 21 Year Old Polo Estancia Edition for illustrative purposes.
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Estancia Edition:
Nose: Rich and fruity overlaid with notes of raspberries and blackberries reminiscent of a luxurious berry compote with a hint of sweet liquorice.
Taste: Rich and sweet with wonderful spicy cinnamon notes followed by plum jam and indulgent dark chocolate ginger sweet.
Finish: Long and sweet with a slightly dry crescendo.
Royal Salute 25 Year Old Treasured Blend:
Nose: Rich and sweet with notes of sweet stewed fruit, blueberry jam, soft liquorice, a dusting of cinnamon and aromatic marzipan.
Taste: Intensely sweet with flavours of juicy prunes, treacle toffee and dark chocolate rounded off perfectly with caramelised figs.
Finish: Long, dry and slightly spicy.
Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns:
Nose: A rich and fruity nose, revealing notes of peaches in sweet syrup, soft caramel toffee, cinnamon and a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste: Smooth orange balanced with soft ripe pear with a touch of moist ginger cake.
Finish: Long and smooth.
Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute:
Nose: Rich and fruity with notes of ripe peach and old-fashioned boiled sweets followed by lashings of vanilla, crème brûlée and cinnamon.
Taste: Luscious and silky smooth, flavours of sweet and fruity homemade pear jam. A magnificent golden honey texture is complimented perfectly by dark chocolate ginger.
Finish: Long and warm with a gentle spice.
Pricing and how to order
The limited-edition Royal Salute 12 Days of Christmas Calendar is available for purchase from the official Royal Salute website at RRP £350 GBP. For more information on Royal Salute and its portfolio of whiskies, please visit royalsalute.com.