Royal Salute Whisky – 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

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This is a tasting with the guest taster being Dougie’s Uncle Duncan a special old gentleman tasting a special old Whisky.

Royal Salute Whisky – 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky.
This particular edition was in an Emerald Flagon and robed in an Emerald Velvet overcoat.

Over the years of visiting my Uncle Duncan Ferguson he would regale us (usually over a dram or two) with his time and exploits in the Royal Navy and how he volunteered for duty as a gunner with the merchant navy fleet, a hazardous job indeed, as these ships were the targets of German U boats and aircraft attacks.
Duncan spoke of being sunk only twice, one of those when a German bomb went down the funnel of his ship and blew out the boiler and the bottom of his ship.

Uncle Duncan also told us of the welcome give to all our guys on reaching a foreign port, of being taken into the homes of the locals (total strangers to Duncan and his shipmates) and given fantastic hospitality in appreciation for all their efforts.

Occasionally a local would recognise his Scottish accent and want to take Duncan home in particular, for sure, like Scotch Whisky, the Scots are welcomed throughout the world.

Duncan says, “he only started drinking after joining the navy”, which probably accounted for him enjoying his odd rum or two, Watsons preferably, but as time passed and after the war his taste turned to his national drink, a good dram of Scotch.

It was while we were having a wee dram the other week, that Duncan told me how, many, many years ago a good friend of his John Docharty (at this time he was the Provost of Falkirk) brought a bottle to Duncan’s house and poured them both a ‘glass’ of what Duncan said was “simply beautiful” but, probably did not exist any more, it was called Royal Salute.

Because my old Uncle Duncan (aged 85) spoke so highly of this Whisky, I made a promise to myself that he should once again taste this “simply beautiful” dram that he so obviously revered.

The search was on, easy, just ‘Google’ it (I’m new to computers and all things internet but even I found this quite easy) up came the result of my search. Royal Salute produced by Chivas and was aged for 21 years in oak casks, launched on the 2nd of June 1953 ( for the records Dougie was not born then, but Jim was) as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth 2nd on her Coronation day.

The name comes from the 21 gun Royal Salute which is fired as a mark of respect for all powerful dignitaries at her Coronation, thee crown worn by the Queen was set in Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires, these precious gems were the inspiration for the colours of the hand crafted flagons that hold Royal Salute Scotch Whisky.

By clicking on one of the Royal Salute sites I found myself on E-bay and there it was the green flagon, I hastily ran round to Jim’s where he took control and put in my bid, which, later on that evening turned out to be a winner. (beginners luck or what eh!) Since then I have seen the full range of the green,red and blue flagons at Heathrow Airport.


So at Duncan’s invitation the Whisky Boys (Dougie and Jim) together with Duncan all sat down on Sunday 8th February about 4pm for a anticipated tasting.

The tasting went as thus:-
Dougie took charge and was in charge of disrobing the flagon and removing the cork.

On this occasion we all decided to do a joint tasting with some individual comments.

Colour…A rich golden amber.

Nose…Mellow vanilla and toffee.

Taste…Silky smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue, filling the mouth with the almost chewable sensation of honey fudge and oak.

Finish…Long, comforting, relaxing sweetness aahhh just delightful.

Jim’s afterthought.. like all the best Whiskies your glass empties ever so quickly.

Dougie and Jim’s ==WARNING== alert your taste buds in advance for the erotic massage heading their way.

Duncan’s final thought and words were, a quote from Robert Burns. ‘Ae fond kiss thine be a joy and a treasure, peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure’.

The Whisky Boys cannot thank Duncan enough for his hospitality that afternoon, especially in allowing us to share in his bottle of Royal Salute. So, Duncan, may you have peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure, cheers from Dougie and Jim aka The Whisky Boys.

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17 Responses

  1. luis zavala says:

    plese i need you know the price of one CHIVAS REGAL – Royal Salute 21 Year Old – Blended Scotch Whisky

  2. tom digaudio says:

    I have a 21 year old Chivas Royal Salute scotch Whisky # V 222350 in a Scarlet color bag and bottle . How can I find out how much it is worth and how to sell it
    Thanks in advance
    Tom Di Gaudio

  3. Jim says:

    Hi Tom, hope this finds you well and that you had a good New Year.

    Royal Salute 21 year old, these are quite readily available on the net, they come in three types of decanter red ( ruby ),
    green ( emerald ) and blue ( sapphire ) and if it is in a Wade Pottery Decanter with matching cover these sell for around the £90 mark but, if your one is in a Spode Decanter then these are selling for around the £200 mark.

    Hope this helps,

    Regards, Jim

  4. Dioni says:

    This for me was a dissapointed. I was really expecting way more from a $200 bottle. Although did not dislike it, I would recommend many others for half the price or less.

  5. Raj says:

    Try at It was listed for $134.00 there

  6. robin hanson says:

    i have a chivas royal salute 75 cl 26 2/3 fl.oz 70 proof in bag and box.the problem i have is mine does not have a letter mark but a number which is 2506001 what does this mean and is it from the 50s not 70 s .also does this make it more rare thanks robin

  7. Michael says:

    What’s difference between Wade Pottery Decanter and Spade Decanter?

  8. tomavalos says:

    what is this royal salute 21 scotch worth–brown bottle with medallion on bottle
    brown bag brown box

  9. Nell says:

    I have a green spode Royal Salute 21 unopened with the paper revenue seal unbroken . not sure how old but us quit using paper seals years ago..I have had it in my possession for about 10 years but it was given to me by my late husband because he knew I liked spode .. he got it from an older gentleman that was a collector. Is there any value in it?

  10. sun says:

    I want import Royal Salute 21 to China.Can you give me a list of price?

  11. mary says:

    I’m selling my store and have a royale salute green and brown 21 year old. Plus many others. Been he for 50 years

  12. Claire says:

    Hello can you help please. I have 3 bottles one red one green and one blue all in matching velvet bags un opened. I would like to sell them but not sure what they are worth.
    Thank you

  13. Nicola Young says:

    Hi Claire, the brown Royal Salute may be worth up to £200 at auction, the other three are worth approx £160 – £180 together. Hope this helps.


  14. Ioannis Birbilis says:

    Could I ask a weird question?
    I have a couple of those which are at least 20 years old since bought and are still sealed as new but almost completely empty inside .. less than 1% liquid left..i guess badly stored… could they be worth anything because of this…oddity?

  15. Jimmy kimpan says:

    Hi I have a scotch Chivas 21 Royal salute 86% alcool proof # 2506061 and also on bottle
    # 2506001 been bottle also on bottle #1801F distilled # F047052 could you tell me if it is
    A rare bottle

  16. Scott says:

    I have a green 21 year royal salute spode
    With velvet bag sealed mint condition what
    Would this be worth please

  17. Sharon Perry says:

    In our father’s things, we found a Royal Salute Spode green bottle in green velvet bag with small tag, I remember this being in our home when I was small (3-4 years) I am now 52. Is there somewhere that buys and sells things like this as we are not whiskey drinkers. Many thanks

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