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Lochnagar

Shortly after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took up residence at Balmoral castle, John Begg, owner of the new Lochnagar distillery, sent an invitation for the regal couple to visit the distillery. Both were fervent malt whisky drinkers and Prince Albert also had an interest in technology and industry and the couple arrived the next day. Shortly after, Lochnagar supplied the Queen with whisky and as such was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1848.

The whisky distillery draws its waters from springs at the foothills of its namesake hill and the buildings overlook Balmoral. A distillery was founded in 1823 in Glen Feardan on the banks of the River Dee by James Robertson. A few years later, Robertson’s rivals burnt down the distillery and accordingly he built Lochnagar at the foothills of the namesake mountain. A little over a decade later, another fire destroyed the distillery.

In 1845, John Begg built New Lochnagar on the south banks of the River Dee. Following Begg's death, Royal Lochnagar was passed down to Henry Farquharson Begg in 1882. Henry died in 1896 and his children rebuilt the distillery a decade later. Following the death of Henry's son Albert, John Dewar and Sons acquired the distillery in 1916.

Today, the Royal Lochnagar distillery is under the watchful eye of Diageo, following Dewar’s amalgamation with Distillers Company Limited in 1925, and the subsequent creation of the drinks giant. The distillery is decidedly small; the total capacity being at less than half a million litres annually. This makes Royal Lochnagar Diageo’s smallest distillery, though the premises are used for whisky education and training purposes. The new make spirit is filled on site though and 1,000 casks are matured in-house, with the remainder sent to Glenlossie.

Lochnagar Whisky Distillery

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About Lochnagar Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01339 742700

Distillery Founded

1845

Distillery Capacity

450 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1823

James Robertson founds a distillery in Glen Feardan on the north bank of River Dee.

1826

The distillery is burnt down by compe-titors but Robertson decides to establish a new distillery near the mountain Lochnagar.

1841

This distillery is also burnt down.

1845

A new distillery is built by John Begg, this time on the south bank of River Dee. It is named New Lochnagar. This is today considered as the official opening year of Royal Lochnagar.

1848

Lochnagar obtains a Royal Warrant.

1882

John Begg passes away and his son Henry Farquharson Begg inherits the distillery.

1896

Henry Farquharson Begg dies.

1906

The children of Henry Begg rebuild the distillery.

1916

When Henry Begg’s only son Albert

1925

John Dewar & Sons becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

Administration of the distillery is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1963

A major reconstruction takes place.

1990

A visitor centre is built.

2004

A 30 year old cask strength from 1974 is launched in the Rare Malts series (6,000 bottles).

2008

A Distiller´s Edition with a Moscatel finish is released.

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From one of the few distilleries with a Royal Warrant, this is a 23 year old Royal Lochnagar single malt, distilled in 1973 and bottled at natural cask strength for the Rare Malts collection. A...  More info
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A single cask Douglas Laing bottling of Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the lovely Old Particular collection. It was distilled in June 1997 and left to age in a single refill...  More info
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A beautifully presented bottle from Royal Lochnagar. This is astonishingly rare, and each bottle is individually numbered. This is number 0618, from a release of 4,710, bottled in 2007.  More info
$251.86
In August 1997, the Royal Lochnagar distillery filled cask #10588 (a refill butt) with their single malt. 16 years later, in June 2014, Hunter Laing went ahead and bottled the whisky with an outturn...  More info
$125.55
This is a bottling of Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1998 and eventually transferred over to "fine old" Muscat casks for an interesting finish. It was bottled in...  More info
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A single cask release from the Manager's Choice series. This Royal Lochnagar was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry cask (cask number 837) before bottling in 2009 at cask strength. The result...  More info
$287.57
Distilled at the Royal Lochnagar distillery in 2000, this is a new addition to the Distillers Edition range from Diageo. It was finished in "fine old" Muscat casks before bottling in 2012. Very good...  More info
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$99.13
This 12 year old was distillery at the Lochnagar distillery, once visited by Queen Victoria when she was staying at nearby Balmoral.  More info
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A 12 year old from the Royal Lochnagar distillery bottled by Signatory without any chill-filtration.  More info
A release of 760 decanters from Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. This is an 11 year old Royal Lochnagar and it was matured in a sherry cask.  More info
Distilled at the Royal Lochnagar distillery in October 1984, this was aged for 23 years in refill hogshead number 4205 before bottling by Douglas Laing in March 2008. A release of 295 bottles.  More info
$114.26
A rare release of just 423 bottles from the Royal Lochnagar distillery. This was distilled in May of 1990 and aged for 19 years in a sherry butt before bottling by Douglas Laing in May of 2009.  More info
A single cask from the Highland distillery, Royal Lochnagar. This was distilled in October 1986 and matured for 23 years in cask number 949 before bottling in January 2010. A release of 214 bottles...  More info
Just 741 individually numbered bottles of this were released. This was distilled at Royal Lochnagar on the 17th June 1998 and matured in two hogsheads, numbers 616 and 617, for 11 years before...  More info
Single cask Royal Lochnagar, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 12th April 1991 and matured in refill butt number 372 before bottling on the 17th December 2008. A release of 634 bottles.  More info
Royal Lochnagar is one of the few distilleries permitted to use Royal in its name. This Royal Lochnagar has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask series.  More info
$72.50
This Royal Lochnagar was bottled in the summer of 2010 by Provenance. Royal Lochnagar was allegedly the favourite whisky of Queen Victoria and the story would have it that she drank it cut with claret...  More info
$72.50
This was distilled at the Royal Lochnagar distillery in Summer 1999. It was then aged for 12 years in a single refill butt before bottling in Winter of 2012 for Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
$72.50
A 10 year old Royal Lochnagar, distilled in Winter 2001 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in Summer 2011. This was bottled for the Provenance range.  More info
$69.47
This was distilled at Lochnagar on the 12th April 1991 and it was aged in refill butt 374 before bottling at natural cask strength on the 1st November 2011. A release of 577 bottles from Signatory.  More info
Matured for 15 years, this release from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range was distilled at Lochnagar in June 1997. Cask 9818, a refill butt, produced 329 bottles.  More info
$103.73
This was distilled at the Royal Lochnagar distillery in April 1997. It was aged for 14 years in a refill butt and then bottled at higher-than-average proof in August of 2011. A release of 460 bottles...  More info
$96.60
One of the few whisky distilleries with a Royal Warrant, Royal Lochnagar are famous for being enjoyed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This is a Duthies bottling from Cadenhead of Lochnagar single...  More info
$61.10
While a fair amount of Royal Lochnagar goes into blends, some of it does sneak out as a single malt, like this 16 year old single cask release from Douglas Laing's Old Particular selection. Distilled...  More info
$111.91
A thick, warming select reserve dram from the Highland distillery, Lochnagar, a component of Johnnie Walker blends. The Lochnagar distillery became "Royal" after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert...  More info
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$340.69
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