By appointment to their late Majesties Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V.
After previous posts (The Yamazaki 18 years old and 10 years old) today we can come back from Japan to Scotland. Specifically to the Highlands where the Royal Lochnagar Distillery works. It was founded in 1845. Earlier in its place there was a distillery, which in 1824 and 1841 years was completely burned down. After the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848, followed by their approval, the distillery has gained the name of Royal Lochnagar. It is worth to point out that there is the royal residence of Balmoral nearby. The distillery is part of Diageo and most of its relatively small production is used for blends.
I have never tried anything from this producer therefore I was very curious about its single malts. As a matter of fact I have a bottle of Royal Lochnagar 12 years old, so curiosity will be satisfied.
N: cherry compote at first, then vanilla, touch of oranges and apples, sweet, there is also a rhubarb and a hint of smoke, all is maintained in fresh atmosphere with the addition of pepper, with a time I can feel also some flowery notes,
T: quite peppery, dry, with a time it gets sweet, then there are oak tones with light bitterness, generally much isn’t happening here,
F: medium long, sweet, maybe a little fruity.
Presentation of this single malt is, so to speak, standard. I mean that we have caramel coloration, chillfiltration and 40% ABV. It does not impress. Price is at an acceptable level (about 33 Euro).
The taste is not equal to smell and does not stand out with anything special. A few drops of water opens up taste a little. For sure easy to drink single malt.