Whisky firm gifts Coronation Laphroaig set to HM Queen Camilla

HM Queen Camilla, in her first Royal engagement in Scotland as Queen, has been presented with a Coronation Edition of three aged Laphroaig whiskies by Aberdeenshire based spirits specialists, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky.

The special sets were launched in time for the Coronation weekend back in May, sequentially numbered with only 150 produced, selling out globally within a week.

However, the Scots firm had kept set number one back – and on Wednesday morning presented it to HM Queen Camilla as part of her celebrations for the Scottish Coronation with King Charles that afternoon.

Director of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Evan Robertson, said: “It was an honour to meet HM Queen Camilla just a few hours before she and the King were given the Scottish Honours at St Giles Cathedral.

“To present this Coronation Set to commemorate such a momentous year, is a source of huge pride for the Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky team as we know it is the King’s favourite dram.”

Hand selected by the chairman of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Euan Shand, the Laphroaig trilogy, aged 18, 23 and 26, are each finished in a Duncan Taylor sherry Octave cask adding ‘an exceptional flavour, colour and overall depth to each spirit’.

HM Queen Camilla was attending an event to celebrate Regenerative Textiles, held at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. Organised by Anna Freemantle-Zee, Her Majesty The Queen met with a number of designers and artists before being presented with the Coronation Set.

Two other Coronation sets were retained by the company –  one for its archives and another to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Auction House in October.