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Drinks giant to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee with 100K pounds whisky

June 8, 2011 - London

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year will be marked by the sale of 60 limited edition whisky bottles at 100,000 pounds apiece.

Diageo-owned John Walker and Sons will produce the whisky in Scotland, and all profits from the sale will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (Qest), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

Drinks giant Diageo will bottle the alcohol on February 6, 2012, exactly 60 years to the day since the Queen acceded to the throne.

The Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky will feature a blend of whiskies distilled in 1952 at various distilleries across Scotland and finished in a cask of English oak from the Queen's Sandringham Estate.

Each will be presented in a lead crystal decanter adorned with a Britannia silver collar that features a half-carat diamond and an individually numbered silver seal.

This will be accompanied by a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses housed in a cabinet incorporating woods from the Queen's Sandringham and Balmoral estates.

Profits from the sale will be used to help Qest "enable traditional craftsmanship to flourish in Britain".

"These are extraordinary grain and malt whiskies that have been maturing slowly since 1952," the BBC quoted Jim Beveridge, master blender for John Walker and Sons, as saying.

"It's a huge privilege to work with them using all our resources and experience to craft a John Walker and Sons blend that's fitting for this special anniversary.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he added.


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