Johnnie Walker's famed striding man had got to be looking a bit purple these days, but whether the iconic Scotsman is outraged or feeling right royal remains to be seen after the announcement that a special blended Scotch will be produced to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.
This Diamond Jubilee Scotch is priced at 100,000 pounds, or about $164,000.
Only 60 bottles of this special "Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky by John Walker & Sons" will be offered, by invitation only, for sale.
According to a company press release, this special Scotch will be a blend of whiskies distilled in 1952, the year the young queen assumed the throne upon the death of her father, George VI. The whiskies were finished in a marrying cask of English oak from the Queen's Sandringham estate.
As one might expect for 100,000 pounds, this Scotch isn't showing up in a plastic easy-pour container. The company said the Scotch wil be "presented in a lead crystal decanter adorned with a Britannia silver collar that features a half carat diamond set by hand, and an individually numbered silver seal. This will be accompanied by a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses and a leather bound, personalised, hand-embellished artefact book, all housed in a bespoke cabinet incorporating woods from The Queen's Sandringham and Balmoral estates."
The special Scotch is slated to be bottled on Feb. 6, 2012, the day of the queen's acension.
John Walker & Sons, a subsidiary of liquor giant Diageo Group, is promising to donate all proceeds from the sale, with a guarantee of at least 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.