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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.

Royal Lochnagar 17 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57%

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 17 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 12 year old from the Royal Lochnagar distillery bottled by Signatory without any chill-filtration.  More info

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Royal Lochnagar 23 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Royal Lochnagar 23 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Lochnagar 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Lochnagar 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Royal Lochnagar 11 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Royal Lochnagar 11 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Royal Lochnagar 23 Year Old 1986 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.5%

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

Royal Lochnagar 23 Year Old 1986 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Lochnagar 11 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Lochnagar 11 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

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