Since her return to Edinburgh in 1561, Mary Queen of Scots – The Highland Queen – has been a symbol of the independent spirit of Scotland. The whisky named in her honour stretches back to 1893 when Roderick Macdonald founded his Macdonald & Muir Ltd. A tireless promoter of his signature blend, Macdonald traveled all over the world to introduce people to the Highland Queen, and by the end of the 1970s it could be found almost anywhere in the world where whisky could be imported. The name of the Highland Queen lives on in the Highland Queen 30 Years Old 1561. It is a blend of roughly 75% malt and 25% grain whisky with a nose of apple, orange, vanilla and plum. The palate dusts the apple flavours with cinnamon, oak and a touch of smoke. The finish is long with silky vanilla notes and oak.