FORMER Royal butler Paul Burrell has launched his own brand of Scotch whisky.
Mr Burrell, butler to Princess Diana and famously described as being her ‘rock’, officially launched The Royal Butler’s Whisky at his flower shop on High Street, Farndon.
He said: “It was a great success and more than 100 people attended the launch.”
The 10-year-old blended whisky, distilled by Duncan Taylor & Co of Aberdeen, is only available in Paul’s shop or Japan.
He decided to market the drink after he was approached by Duncan Taylor & Co, a distillery based in Aberdeen.
He said: “As well as enjoying the odd tipple myself, I have had the privilege of serving drinks to prime ministers, presidents and, of course, royalty.
“Mrs Thatcher in particular enjoyed a tot of whisky before her Tuesday afternoon meetings with Her Majesty.”
Paul also spoke in support of local retailers.
He said: “You have to do all you can to keep village communities together and I am so proud to be part of village life.
“I am glad my little shop brings a bit of sparkle to the High Street and I encourage everyone to support local retailers.”
The 10-year-old blended whisky will become part of the Royal Butler Brand in the US. The collection includes wine, furniture, rugs and household items, linens and textiles.
The Royal Butler’s Whisky costs £19.50 for a 700ml bottle.