The world’s giant distiller, Diageo will sell 60 decanters of limited-edition £100,000 ($164,000) Scotch whisky to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. The profits from the sale proceeds will be diverted to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
The whisky will be produced in Scotland by Diageo-owned John Walker and Sons. The Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky will feature a blend of whiskies distilled in 1952 at various distilleries across Scotland and finished in a cask of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
Jim Beveridge, master blender for John Walker and Sons, said: These are extraordinary grain and malt whiskies that have been maturing slowly since 1952. It’s a huge privilege to work with them using all our resources and experience to craft a John Walker and Sons blend that’s fitting for this special anniversary. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Each bottle will feature a silver collar, hand set with a half carat diamond and an individually numbered silver seal. This will be accompanied by a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses housed in a cabinet incorporating woods from the Queen’s Sandringham and Balmoral estates.
The Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky by John Walker & Sons will be bottled on February 6, 2012, exactly 60 years to the day after the Queen’s accession to the throne. The auction will take place in early 2012 with the date and location confirmed later this year. [Diageo]