Rare whisky to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Drinks giant Diageo is to sell 60 limited edition whisky bottles at £100,000 apiece to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.
The whisky will be produced in Scotland by Diageo-owned John Walker and Sons.
All profits will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (Qest), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.
They will be bottled on 6 February 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".
Jim Beveridge, master blender for John Walker and Sons, said: "These are extraordinary grain and malt whiskies that have been maturing slowly since 1952.
"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."