Thursday, October 13, 2022


Chivas Brothers has announced the launch of the first expression from a new limited-edition series, from its Royal Salute brand.

Royal Salute Forces of Nature by Kate MccGwire (41.4% ABV) which is the first release in their new The Art of Wonder collection, is a 53 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, limited to just 21 decanters.

Royal Salute Forces of Nature by Kate MccGwire

For the inaugural expression in the new series, Royal Salute invited celebrated British sculptor, Kate MccGwire, who specialises in the medium of feathers, to create a one-of-a-kind piece to accompany an ultra-rare expression.

Each decanter is accompanied by one of 21 pieces of art, called Paragon, created by Kate MccGwire exclusively for Royal Salute, using specially selected and sustainably sourced pheasant feathers, making it a true collector’s item. Together, they are housed in a hand-crafted wooden cabinet, accompanied by a beautiful art book detailing the collaboration between Royal Salute and the British sculptor.

The whisky which was created by Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, comes presented in a Dartington Crystal decanter, engraved with intricate feathers and gilded in 24-carat gold leaf, with curves inspired by Kate MccGwire’s sculptures.

Commenting on the launch, Sandy Hyslop said: “For the first volume from the Art of Wonder collection, I wanted to create an outstanding expression that reflected Royal Salute’s desire to push individual craft beyond expectation. To do that, together with my expert team, we crafted an opulent 53 Year Old blend, one of the highest ages we have ever released. This is a thrilling moment and it’s been a privilege to blend such rare and precious whiskies at the pinnacle of what is achievable with delicate high-aged stock laid down by my predecessors”.

Royal Salute Forces of Nature by Kate MccGwire, will be available later this month from select specialist retailers. Five of the 21 decanters will be available through Global Travel Retail, for a RRP of $90,000.

Posted by Steve Rush