Royal Salute and a Study in Porcelain – Scotch Whisky News


Royal Salute and a study in porcelain

Art Basel HK is the backdrop for the total Porcelain Dinner experience by Royal Salute

Hong Kong. March 2016. Royal Salute, the time honoured British whisky and pinnacle of the blender’s art, launches a celebration of the alchemical origins of whisky and porcelain at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences with an ‘eternal life’ banquet prepared by Uwe Opocenskyis, executive chef at the MandarinOriental.

Created by Royal Salute’s Global Brand Director Vadim Grigorian, the complete porcelain dining experience is served on porcelain tables resembling altars or medieval alchemist workbenches carved with mystical symbols. The food is served on plates inspired by the imaginative astrologer and philosopher, John Dee’s famous obsidian mirror, through which he is said to have spoken with angels. Cutlery and tableware are also fashioned from porcelain to complete the experience.

This bespoke porcelain has been specially made in Dehua, the home of white porcelain, in a process overseen by famous porcelain expert Peter Ting and the feast will be eaten with cutlery designed by Gabriele Pezzini. The evening is inspired by the life of John Dee – court alchemist to Queen Elizabeth I and the man who orchestrated the coronation that began her glorious reign.

 Vadim Grigorian commented: “Royal Salute was created to celebrate the monarchy and the coronation of Elizabeth II, it is served in a porcelain flagon and is rooted in the notion of time – we are the only blend whose youngest whisky is 21 years old. It was natural for Royal Salute to take inspiration from Dee and his striving for perpetual life when we set out to explore the alchemical origins of both whisky and porcelain.” 

The menu is comprised of dishes cooked from superfoods recommended by futurist and director of engineering at Google – Ray Kurzweil– whose ‘Immortality Diet’ qualifies him as a modern day alchemist.

Over the past year, as part of a brand repositioning, the time-honoured blend has invested in forward thinking collaborations with leading British designers and artists, including Studio Mackereth and Jack Badger on a Neolithic Bar, cutting edge leatherworker Bill Amberg and experiential artist Marcos Lutyens.

The porcelain dinner will tour the UK, Russia and the US. For further information about Royal Salute, please visit


About Royal Salute

Royal Salute is a careful blend of malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest blend matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute that honoured her, the brand is steeped in tradition and proud of its royal lineage, but is firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest

surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. The brand sponsors more than 15 international tournaments from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.

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