Royal Lochnagar 12 (OB)

Lower Aristocracy

It is tiny, aristocratic and remote, it is Royal Lochnagar, the smallest distillery from the Diageo stall. Given the low output one has to wonder if it is kept as a tourist asset or if the distillery actaully produces  a small dosed critical component of their blends (like an essential top dresser?). Those who tasted and visited Lochnagar will probably tell you it is the former. Positioned central in the Cairngorms, just a few miles down the road from the Royal Balmoral Estate, it is a main stop for both royalty fans and hikers alike.

royal lochnagarDescription:
 an official bottling from the late 90’s, matured for 12 years in refill bourbon and sherry casks, bottled at a minimum 40.0% ABV.

Nose: light and fragile. Around a sweet aroma of green apple, notes of hazelnut, wet limestone, and ground wheat develop, afterwards a whiff of paraffin and a light menthol edge.

Mouth: medium bodied and dry, with a palate that is best described as: “one of those nuttier whiskies”. I taste bitter salted caramel with roasted walnut, a touch of oregano and cloves.

Finish: long, with a familiar touch of mocha and a bittersweet note of dried lemon peel.

The Verdict: not as bad as some would like you to think. Yet  at the same time hard to imagine that it could be someone’s preferential pick. It is just a style of single malt that is little appealing to the general public and offers too little to the enthusiasts.

Score: 76

Nose: 18

Taste: 19
Finish: 18 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house