HRH Queen Elizabeth to raise a bottle of Bowmore to the Royal Navy

Next Friday, 4 July, HRH Queen Elizabeth will launch the Royal Navy’s latest vessel with a little help from Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Her Majesty will launch the brand new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier from Rosyth Naval Dock yard, Scotland, by smashing a bottle of the Bowmore ‘The Taste of Islay’, against the carrier in a traditional launch ceremony.

A bottle of the aptly named Bowmore ‘Surf’ will also be presented to the Lord Mayor of London at a Naval Dinner, in London next Tuesday. Both David Raines - Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers - and Mike Keiller, CEO of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and a ‘Distiller’ himself, will also attend the dinner, where they will toast the launch with Bowmore 25 Years Old.

HRH Queen Elizabeth’s special connection to Bowmore goes back to 9 August 1980, when Her Majesty visited the distillery on the island of Islay just of the West Coast of Scotland – the first and only visit The Queen has made to a whisky distillery in an official capacity.

While at the distillery, a special cask of Bowmore Whisky was laid down in HRH Queen Elizabeth’s name. Now bottled, this elegant single malt is handed out by Her Majesty as a gift to visiting royalty and dignitaries.

Mike Keiller, of Morrison Bowmore said: “We wouldn’t generally recommend smashing a bottle of Bowmore, but given our special relationship with Her Majesty, we were delighted to make an exception on this occasion and be a proud part of the launch ceremony.”

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