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February 13, 2012

John Walker & Sons Celebrates Diamond Jubilee with Special Whiskey Blend

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Royal Deeside, Scotland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen of England’s reign, John Walker & Sons unveils a specially crafted blend of rare malt and grain Scotch whiskeys—all distilled in and maturing since 1952, the year of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne—called Diamond Jubilee By John Walker & Sons.

At Royal Lochnagar Distillery, on the edge of Queen Elizabeth II’s Balmoral Estate, David Gates, grantee of John Walker & Sons’ Royal Warrant, oversaw the filling of the Queen’s decanter, as well as 60 further editions for sale by auction around the world. The celebratory bottling took place on February 6, 2012—60 years to the day that Her Majesty ascended the throne. Profits from the sale of these 60 special editions will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), with a guaranteed amount of at least £1 million, to support the excellence of craftsmanship symbolized by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his apprentice Matthew Crow were behind the search, selection and expert blending of the whiskeys from the beginning. The final, traditional step of marrying was performed in casks made by the John Walker & Sons coopers using oak from Queen Elizabeth’s private Sandringham Estate.

The Diamond Jubilee blend comes housed in a stunning, diamond-shaped Baccarat crystal decanter that stands on a crystal base with six radial legs to reflect the decades of the Queen’s reign, and adorned with Britannia silver, selected for its purity. The decanter collars are finely set with a half-carat diamond, the Royal Arms, John Walker & Sons monogram and individually numbered seals.

Each edition also includes a pair of lead Cumbria Crystal glasses engraved by Philip Lawson Johnston and a commemorative artifact book, hand-bound by Laura West at her Isle of Skye bindery and personalized for each owner by Sally Mangum, Calligrapher By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

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