Royal Lochnagar Select Reserve Bottling Note
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 visited the distillery whilst staying at Balmoral.
I bought my first bottle of this when I visited the distillery in 2008. It took a moment to find what I was looking for - the smell of Christmas Day - sitting in front of a log fire after a very heavy lunch. It's cold outside and you're just taking a breather before the Christmas pudding and mince pies.Scrooge is on the telly.(The old black and white version) And the colour - imagine looking in through georgian windows into a house on Christmas Eve - dimly lit, just the glow of the fire. The world may be fine when viewed through wine, but the colour of this whisky creates the atmosphere, the smells and the taste of Christmas from a bygone age.The Select Reserve is all of this and more.
This is the ultimate in scotches. Just the right amount of oakiness, followed by caramel and leather, with the right amount of alcohol and perfect finish. Absolutely superb. A+ and a 99.9 rating for me. It's just silly that I don't do 100's.