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Royal Lochnagar 17 Year Old
10 October 2020

Royal Lochnagar is a tiny distillery that sits at the foot of the Caingorm mountains just one mile from Balmoral Castle. Fed by the crystal-clear water of the Scarnock springs, and nestled close to the River Dee, it’s famed for producing a delicate, gentle expression of Highland single malt, one of plentiful fruit, freshly cut wood and light toffee notes. Interestingly it is one of the very few distilleries in Scotland that employs an open mash tun, and the miniscule production of just two small hand-filled batches each week permits longer fermentations, to protect the whisky’s smooth fruity flavour, and shorter ones to emphasise its robust nutty-spicy notes. This unique mix of long and short produces a whisky of exceptional harmony and balance.

Originally built in 1826 the distillery sadly burnt to the ground in 1841 before being rebuilt in 1845. It was in 1848, during a visit to Balmoral, that Her Majesty Queen Victoria visits the distillery, tastes the whisky of New Lochnagar and, suitably impressed, issues a Royal Warrant, allowing the distillery to add ‘Royal’ to its name – one of just three distilleries granted the honour.

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