Royal Lochnagar Debuts 17 Year Old Single Malt To Celebrate 175th Anniversary

By Hannah Kanik / November 17, 2020

Royal Lochnagar distillery in Scotland turns 175 this year, and to celebrate, they’ve recently unveiled a limited-edition 17-year-old single malt Scotch whisky. 

The Royal Lochnagar Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 17 Years 175th Anniversary is matured in refill and Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso seasoned casks and bottled at 56% ABV. Only 3000 bottles will be available, pricing at £250 (around $335 USD).

Royal Lochnagar Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 17 Years 175th Anniversary

Royal Lochnagar Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 17 Years 175th Anniversary (image via Diageo)

“We are pleased to celebrate our 175th anniversary with a rare limited-edition bottling,” said Sean Phillips, Distillery Manager at Royal Lochnager, in a prepared statement. “Selected by our expert team, this rare release portrays true Royal Lochnager character and celebrates its history as a tiny jewel among Scotland’s traditional 19th-century distilleries. A special and exclusive treat for the whisky connoisseur.” 

Official tasting notes indicate the whisky “opens with fruity notes of mango and melon, alongside hints of wood, bracken and brambles, obtained through a mixture of short and long fermentation. On the palate, there is an immediate smooth sweetness combined with juicy acidity.

“Chocolate and light coffee characters emerge after a few moments, giving a long, dry and elegant finishing with a touch of sandalwood.”

Royal Lochnagar, for those unfamiliar with it, was founded in 1845 and is located one mile from the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle at the end of the Cairngorm mountains. It was originally named New Lochnagar and renamed after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the distillery tour and issued a Royal Warrant that granted them the use of Royal in its name.

The distillery uses a combination of slow and long fermentation, slow distillation and worm tubs. It has a production capacity of 450,000 liters, making it one of the smallest distilleries out of Diageo, and uses as its water source the “crystal clear water” of Scarnock Springs.


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