Situated near Balmoral Castle, the Royal Lochnagar is a Diageo owned distillery that has traditionally produced whisky for their wide range of blended scotch. It’s only more recently that the distillery has been producing more of its own single-malts. The 12-year-old has a full body of summer flowers and tropical fruits, of which these characters can be spotted in many of Diageo’s blended range of Scotch.
Appearance: Light copper.
Nose: Earl Grey tea, lavender and guava.
Taste: Honey, ginger nut biscuits with hints of papaya and banana.
Finish: Drying oak and tannins with spicy vanilla and cassia.
Overall: Lots of floral tea notes and tannic oak makes for a dry malt with a fruity body.
Choose the Royal Lochnagar 12 when buying for someone with a more savoury palate. The sweetness is subdued, but the flavours are very complex and interesting, you can see why Diageo would want this liquid present in their blends. If you find Speyside malts overly sweet or rich, give this whisky a go.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Royal Lochnagar 12, you could also try Arran 14, Dalwhinnie 15 or Jura 10 Origin.
The distillery is setup to produce a heavy spirit, but everything is done throughout distillation to make it as light as they can. Noted for being one of only a hand full of distillers that still use wormwood condensers.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
The first Scotch distillery to receive a Royal Warrant, based in Royal Deeside in the highland producing region of scotland.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
The Royal Lochnagar 12 is a floral Highland malt with vibrant tropical fruit notes.
Water, malted barley, yeast.