Price Point: $200 – $210 for 750 ML
Let’s face it, whiskey is expensive. If you’re serious about it as a hobby, you’re going to drop some money on it. I try to cap myself at around $70 a bottle, but even that is stretching it for me.
I know what you’re thinking – why did I spend $200 on a bottle of blended whisky? Easy answer – I didn’t. I found this bottle of Royal Salute 21 Year Old in my parents’ basement, hidden away and untouched for who knows how long. I didn’t even immediately identify it as whisky, as it’s in a very strange, blue ceramic bottle. I dusted it off and decided to give it a try, hoping it would be better than the similarly overpriced Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Royal Salute has a variety of interesting smells. Caramel, coffee, and a touch of smoke. Throw in some mixed berries for good measure.
The first thing I can think of when tasting Royal Salute is the very mature oak taste. There’s also some leather in there and more coffee. This is a very dark whisky.
The finish has a decent length for such a low proof. This would be a good after-dinner whisky (perhaps a steak given the price point?).
Rating & Recommendations
Royal Salute 21 Year Old is decent but not worth the price in my opinion. I give it a rating of 88 out of 100.
This is a very good whisky for a blend, and comes recommended from me. But you can find single malts that are comparable at a much, much better price.