Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Chivas Brothers Ltd. (Chvs)
Bottling serie
Stone of Destiny
Stated Age
38 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Jan 2014 5:15 pm by tomso

Average value

€ 1372.48

10 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Royal Salute 38-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.70 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This Royal Salute Stone of Destiny is named after the slab of rock that was used between the 9th and 14th Century to crown Scottish (and later British) kings. In 1296 the Stone was moved to London, but in 1950 four Scottish students stole it and left it on the altar of the Abroath Abbey (where the Scottish declaration of independence was signed in 1320). The stone was returned to London until Queen Elizabeth II gave it back to Scotland in 1996. You can now visit it at Edinburgh Castle. So much for the history lesson. Now on to the whisky. The Royal Salute series was launched by Chivas on 2nd June 1953 as an homage to the ascension to the throne of the Queen. The stopper op this 38 years old edition is inlaid with gold and inspired by the hilt of an ancient Scottish sword. It is perceived as a super-premium blend; hence the price tag of 650 EUR (and I’ve found it at 1.000 EUR and more… ah, the laws of supply and demand).

    Wonderful dark and sweet notes of figs, candied plums and even some chewing tobacco. Lots of walnuts and some almond liqueur. A touch umami, although I cannot quite pinpoint it. A truckload of muscovado sugar. The nose takes me to seventh heaven.

    It struggles to keep up on the palate though. The body is light (damn you, 40% ABV!), but still offers lovely notes of walnut, raisins, sweet malt and pipe tobacco. Midpalate some origin chocolate and baked apples kick in. Nutmeg and baker’s spices give it some punch. I’m still quite impressed.

    The finish is long, spicy with a fantastic note of sherry at the death.

    My god, what a whisky! Very impressive. Chivas does not often appear on my radar, but this one is truly out of this world good!

  2. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Wowee, i’m in! The descriptors and impact of this blend are immediate with notes of cherries and Armagnac-cognac [Triac], with a smokey, dry, oaky and almost sawdust-dry side. Despite all this however, it’s not overly complex.
    T: So much shoe-polished wood initially. Establishes bone-dry and salty-isa.
    F: A little sweet and plenty woody with vanillas and more cognac notes. Forever bone-dry with a super-dry bitter edge.
    C: It’s an old and woody blend and conjures some romance for me today - though there’s nothing here you cant get from a decent [1970's] vintage Darroze however. The kind of old timer that could split a room.

    Scores a B-

  4. hettrum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    This is a huge disappointment. This 38 year blend tastes much younger and the palate is thin.

    It is pleasant enough I would describe it as MOTR.

    I would be heartbroken if I found out I had paid £500 for something of this quality.

    Admittedly my view may change if I had a full bottle rather than a sample but on the strength of this I would feel robbed if I paid £50 for it let alone £500.
    • Nose
      Colour wise the liquid has a slightly pink hue.

      The nose is powerful with strong caramel notes, blood orange, balsamic vinegar, marmalade.
    • Taste
      Bitter toffee, really thin palate with some orange notes, hints of fruit cake.
    • Finish
      Medium length with a nice warming aftertaste.

  7. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Soft fruit, butterscotch and walnut loaf. Hints of dried figs and muscovado sugar.
    Palate: Raisins and malt. Hints of pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, apple peel and allspice.
    Finish: Spiced, malty finish with hints of sherry on the tail.

  8. franpincoffee scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior


    A truly world-class whisky in every way! The nose has notes of Christmas cake, baked oranges, red apples, hints of subtle oak and honey along with a touch of sherry and a very subtle hint of grassiness. The taste is syrupy-thick, smooth, complex, and demanding of attention, with hints of honey, dried oranges and apples, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and caramel. The finish is honey-thick with old leather, a kiss of mint, caramel candy and hazelnuts. Originally made for the Queen, and a truly regal whisky!


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