Famed for receiving a Royal Warrant in 1848, following a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Lochnagar makes an old school style of spirit, fit for a queen!
The distillery is located close to the Crown’s Balmoral estate, and has played host to many world leaders and British Prime Ministers, taking a moment of respite from meeting the Monarch.
Following the first 1848 visit, the distillery was permitted to use the term “Royal” in its title, which saw an immediate boost to sales. Lochnagar uses long fermentation, and smaller stills, which should produce a heavy style of spirit – however, distillery staff work hard to run the equipment in a manner to create a lighter whisky, ensuring a final product with a unique character. The spirit has largely been matured in refill sherry and Bourbon casks.
The final result is a fruity, complex dram with notes of fresh fruit cake, dried fruits, gristy malt, grass, mixed spice, oak, toffee, lemon rind, orange, sherry, very slight peat smoke and a touch of sandalwood.
An impressive, old fashioned Highlander.