1. Royal Salute
The second release in Royal Salute’s Couture Collection, the House of Quinn by Richard Quinn celebrates the pursuit of craft in the fashion and whisky industries. Each hand-blown black Dartington crystal decanter is hand-painted with a new floral motif by the British designer and matched in vivacity by an expressive blend of whisky by Sandy Hyslop, the legend behind the distiller’s exceptionally aged expressions.
Marketing Director Mathieu Deslandes, tells us about the limited 200-bottle release.
Tell us about this collaboration.
Richard was extremely involved in the partnership, having spent time learning about Royal Salute and fully immersing himself in the brand world. He gathered inspiration from what we do to fuse with his style to design a bespoke print. It’s been a pleasure to work with him. While Richard took inspiration from the brand, Sandy took inspiration from Richard when blending this expression. He selected some of the finest and rarest aged malt whiskies from across Scotland, including some laid down in Richard’s birth year, to create the enchanting floral profile. It is a nod to the elegance of the rose petals and the edge of the thorns on the exterior of the flagon.
How should we best enjoy a dram?
The Royal Salute House of Quinn by Richard Quinn has a delicately floral flavour profile and is perfect when enjoyed neat or with a little ice or water to release the depth of flavour. Additionally, the design of the flagon makes it an amazing centrepiece on any table, so it lends itself to being enjoyed in celebratory moments. I hope that anyone who raises a dram with those they love will feel a sense of warmth and happiness.
Whisky is increasingly served with food or small bites. Which pairings have worked best for you?
Pairing whisky with food opens up new flavours and delicious contrasts, elevating the whisky-tasting experience. Dark chocolate is a favourite of mine; a good quality one containing 70 percent cocoa solids enhances the sweet, dry oak notes of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend. Strawberries also pair well with floral whiskies like the Signature Blend, as their sweet flavour perfectly complements the whisky’s delicate vanilla and clove notes.
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