Next year in 2012, it will be 60 years since a young Queen Elizabeth II took the throne of England and to commemorate this great occasion, Diageo will sell 60 decanters of limited-edition Scotch whisky for $150,000 each. Diageo was formed in 1997 after the merger of GrandMet and Guiness. The name comes from the Latin for day - dia and the Greek for world - geo.
The Diamond Jubilee Johnnie Walker drop will be a blend of whiskies distilled in 1952, partially aged in a cask made from oak trees grown at Sandringham and sold in a lead crystal decanter with a silver collar featuring a half-carat diamond and individually numbered seal. Each decanter comes with two hand-engraved crystal glasses and a personalised lealther-bound artefact book, all housed in a cabinet made of wood from the Balmoral and Sandringham estates.
I suspect they should have made available more than 60 decanters - surely this would be a coveted prize that rich people around the world would die for, but they will be offered for private sale by invitation only and the company won't say who they are.
The first bottle will be presented to the Queen as a gift and all profits will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Like her mother, the Queen likes Dubonnet and gin and Queen Victoria enjoyed the occasional dram of Royal Lochnagar, distilled close to her beloved Balmoral. Johnnie Walker whisky is the world's leading Scotch brand.