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Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

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Royal Lochnagar 12 Bottling Note

This 12 year old was distillery at the Lochnagar distillery, once visited by Queen Victoria when she was staying at nearby Balmoral.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Creamy, aromatic nose with hints of hay, malted barley, oak and mixed peels.

Palate: Soft smoke and gingerbread, oodles of toasty spices, Demerara sugar and boiled sweets.

Finish: The finish is all about grass and honey.

Overall: A sweet, summery dram…

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Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Reviews

Quaffable, pleasant and delivers as much as you might expect.

Nose: Mild burn, maybe butterscotch.

Palate: Crumbly mouthfeel, airy cup cakes, lightest fruits.

After: Spice and soft canned sweets close this out. Nice.

1st December 2020

Not easy to find but worth it

I've seriously been looking for this whisky for about 5 years here in northern California and only since the Game of Thrones release of it (same whisky different labeling) have I finally got my hands on some. On the nose reminds me a lot of JW gold ( I wonder why ;)) hint of peat smoke with hay, grass, honey,vanilla and subtle baking spices. Palate is about the same but I love the mouthfeel (slightly creamy) with the feint smokiness weaving it's way through to a dry, grassy finish. I wish the proof was higher but even at 80 proof an impressive array of flavors and a substantially long finish are here indeed. Definitely worth the wait this is an excellent example of highland whisky. Cheers! The Sugarbear ( also check out Whisk(e)y Dixon Reviews on Youtube if you want to see me in action)

13th October 2020

definetly moorish

had my first taste of this fine malt at Windsor bowling green, lovely smooth taste couldn't resist buying a couple of bottles.

12th August 2020

Drinkable present.

Got a bottle as a Christmas present, it's ok, for the price point. I wouldnt buy another, and it wont be hammered through in short order like others might but it will be happily consumed.

Can get better / more distinctive malts at this price in my humble opinion but to each their own!

Never understand people who compare malts to blended whiskies. Blends, and in particular the likes of "find a hill, put one foot in front of the other" (not to advertise), are designed to be very drinkable, mass produced, and sold to the masses that usually dont know any better. There isn't anything wrong with "blends" as a whole, just the bad ones! Malts are more expressionate of the distillery, the area they come from, their recipe and the distiller, this has done an ok job of that. Nothing fancy. Drinkable. Some people will like it, probably most wont. But you get bad malts too (again, just an opinion!)

9th January 2020

A fine quality dram at this price point.

Can't understand the 2 reviews below; it's an excellent dram at this price point.

1st February 2019

Not great.

Tasted better blended whiskies. I love malts but this one does nothing for me.

1st April 2018

Not up to par period!

I tried bottle #2 in 1998. Wasn't the least bit impressed! Fell way short of my expectations. That's why I won't be buying this anymore. Sorry for the disappointment.

28th January 2018

Decent, but can be better without additive

Still very decent for it's price, this whisky suffers from a noticeable concentration of (color) additive in it's taste. If only Lochnagar would omit it ...

5th January 2018

A thoroughly acceptable whisky, especially at the price

Delightful, smooth. Sweet, spicy - a very well mannered whisky, a dram to share with both experienced and inexperienced whisky drinkers. Alternatively, because I really enjoy it, I might just keep it all to myself...

12th December 2017


Nose: Fruity, citrus and a touch of peat. Sweet, peppery and oak-spice. Citrus and peat on the finish. I guess it's ok for the price, but I'd rather go for a Glencadam 10yo or a Craigellachie 13yo. Do not agree with the high average user rating here.

13th November 2017


A great gold bunting of steel

9th November 2017

Taste and Value!

Smooth, clean good as any I've had. Better than most. And the price is great.

13th October 2017

One of the best Malts

It is a smooth tipple the only malt I will drink

30th September 2017

Worth the visit

I went to the distillery whilst in Scotland, had a tipple and bought a bottle. I have just opened it after 6 months and it was worth waiting for. It is well worth the money and could form a good everyday tipple at the price. Much better than some of the industrial scale production varieties at about the same price.

21st September 2017


I discovered Royal Lochnagar while working in Aberdeen many years ago. It has been my favorite single malt since.

20th September 2017

No nonsense.

This is the cleanest, least pretentious single malt I think I have tried. No sherry casks, no rum undertones, no "hints of jasmine on a midsummer's morning". Just whisky, done right.
I think some people won't understand this dram and mistake it for something dull or badly-made. It is not a "statement" bottle. Nothing to show off to your friends. It is an everyday dram far better than most people have in their drinks cabinet. Perhaps I am giving it more credence than it deserves. Perhaps I am missing something. But if you enjoy whisky, I think you'll enjoy this one. And I believe that by the end of the bottle you will respect what the distillers decided to do, even if you do not buy another.

6th August 2017

One of the best for the price

If you have a chance to come across one of this bottles, do not hesitate to get it. I think this is probably one of the best whiskies for the price range. Very very smooth yet flavourfull, perfect to offer if you want to hook up into whisky a non-whisky drinker, I have offered a glass of this to many people and so far everyone has agreed this is one of the most pleasants drinks out there.

17th May 2017

SMOOTH!!! So easy to drink.

For the price arguably one of the best its outstanding !!!!

7th February 2017

Consistently excellent

I first tasted Royal Lochnagar at the distillery on a tour of Scotland in 1990, and loved it, but have found it difficult to obtain in the states. Since then I have bought it whenever in the UK. A smooth and delicious whisky, and worth the effort.

26th January 2017


I love my whiskey!!

22nd December 2016


My favourite Whisky !

22nd December 2016


I visited the distillery during a recent tour of Speyside. I was hooked and bought a bottle. Needless to say it was totally consumed shortly after returning home. I've since ordered several more bottles.

26th November 2016


The best I have ever had

22nd November 2016

Great whiskey

Have visited the Royal Lochnagar Distillery on many occasions one of the best I have tasted being a Scot I do like my whiskey I prefer this one choice of taste

18th July 2016

Trini Drunk

Has a hint of the European oak. But a very smooth finish.

3rd June 2016


This is my all time favourite malt makes me feel like a King when I drink it God bless Scotland

25th May 2016

my absolute favourite

been away to someother bottles but always come back to RL - def my favourite for just a quiet evening watching the football

17th February 2016


smooth, nice and worth the money. Will buy again and again

24th December 2015

Sweet Sweet

I find RL to be mildly sweet with an ease on the throat and oesophagus. No burn, just smooth descent after a lovely bouquet and a sweet appeal to the taste buds.

2nd September 2015


I've drank many whiskeys recently and I've found this to be the best I've ever tasted, including some several times the price.

14th August 2015

A Great Whiskey

I have been drinking this for many years and find it such a good taste you can keep the rest I will buy the best have visited the distillery on several occasions well worth a visit if you are on holiday.

20th June 2015

Splendid. Smooth.

I was in one of those fashionable places with a couple of hundred whiskies to choose from. This one was recommended by another bloke looking bemused at the choice. Never spoke to him again, but remembered the whisky!

20th October 2014

very nice dram

totally random choice for me but it certainly was very easy to drink tasted to me quite like glenmorangie did many years ago. very smooth and slight sweetness but not to much. Nice evening treat especially with a little cold mineral water and a couple of ice cubes.

15th October 2014

A nice whisky

color: golden amber nose: herbal with a touch of honey palate: honey and heather, medium weight, licorice and raisins. finish: medium length, lots of barley and a touch of vanilla on the finish,

A nice 12 y/o malt. I've never seen this in the US so I bought a bottle on a recent trip to the UK. I am happy that I did.

26th June 2014


I'm new to the world of malt whisky, but after reading the reviews on here, I decided to give this one a go and wasn't disappointed. Sweet and very smooth, it's a beautiful mouthful.

14th June 2014

Good one. Liked it

Never heard of it till few months back. My brother in law gifted it to me. Opened it recently must say quite smooth. medium body appreciated it . Will definitely buy

10th March 2014


A review of whiskies I'd read from 2005 firstly pointed me in the direction of a whisky I didn't like...the review also highlighted the Lochnagar as a good 'un. So when I tried the Lochnagar I was a bit need to be. This is an excellent drink; the reviewers got this spot on.

6th October 2013

Dru-Dog loves it!

I am usually an Islay drinker, but my wifes new boss brought a bottle over from Aberdeen and I may have to change! Smoothest single malt I have ever had! Definetly a must try for anyone still looking for "their" label.

27th July 2013

First Time

I haven't found Royal Lochnagar in the states so I bought some and had it shipped to me. Smoothest first impression I have had in a Scotch. Better than JW Blue.

14th June 2013

Tero Max

one of my favourite scotch whisky. Everyone must have it in their home whisky-bar. But 30 pounds=1200 rubles, price in the shops - 2900 rubles... What can i say more...

26th May 2012

A Hidden Gem

First tasted on a trip to Oban distillery and wondered how I'd avoided it so long. It has what I'd describe as an old-fashioned taste, slightly sweet/smoky with a medium flavour. Three friends all tried it at the Newcastle Whisky festival and they all liked it. One has bought a botlle since.

6th March 2012

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