Official sources here said on Monday that champagne has traditionally been used for such ship ceremonies, while submarines traditionally use bottles of ‘home brew’ beer. But historians say champagne has not always been used; the Nelson’s era likely used brandy or madeira.
One notable exception to the champagne tradition was HMS Sutherland in 1996, when Macallan Single Highland Malt whisky was used. Whilst unusual, this was justified due to the ship’s strong Scottish connections, including her Scottish dukedom name and affiliations to Sutherland and Scottish regiments.
There are no other records of whisky being used, ministry of defence sources said.
For the ceremony, the distillery will provide a bottle of ‘Bowmore Surf’ single malt, which takes inspiration from the sea; the sea spray saturates the peaty soil and a sea tang finds its way into the whisky which is a fitting tribute to the sea that shapes it.