Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

Delicate, Juicy, Oak, Vanilla
2022-08-31
Royal Lochnagar is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. In addition to the 12-year-old single malt, the distillery's two pot stills also produce a large amount which is used in the Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)

See

Royal Whisky? The story told is that shortly after the opening of the distillery, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were invited by the owner at the time. The British royal family had just bought nearby Balmoral Castle (1848). Later, the distillery became a purveyor to the court and was allowed to bear the suffix Royal, which was even confirmed again in 2021 by a Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Smell

We perceive sweet brown sugar, wood chips and citrus fruits. Light smoke lies unobtrusively, but nevertheless well recognisable in the background. A very exciting note of liquorice resonates.

Taste

The Scotch opens sweet, then dry and with minimal smoke. Licorice notes can also be perceived here. All in all, the composition reminds us of suede care products. The flavours are very defined, slightly oily and wonderfully rounded.

Finish

The finish flatters the palate, but is still strong and brings along minimal bitterness.

Conclusion

An easygoing single malt whisky from the Highlands. Very soft and round, without rough edges. Malicious tongues could call it characterless, but that would not be justified. The Scotch has a defined, albeit not complex profile, which makes it accessible. Should the Royal Family have served this whisky or a previous bottling with a similar character, it was certainly possible to pick up non-whisky drinkers as well.

70/100 - Very Good
(Marcel: 69 | Sascha: 71)

Value for Money: Good

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