Originally called New Lochnagar, it was renamed following the royal visit. Today, the smallest distillery in the Diageo collection, combines the traditional pagoda kiln heads and techniques like the open mash tun with a modern visitor centre for the appreciation of malt whisky.
Royal Lochnagar 12 Years Old
NOSE: A relatively closed nose. Planed wood, light toffee, boat varnish. Linseed oil behind, even putty, and later a lychee-like acidity. With water, the acidity comes up (acid drops), and the nose sweetens. Still a pleasant fresh woodiness or leatheriness, the varnish now supported by artists turpentine. Warm sand. After a while, coffee dregs with brown sugar. Not an obvious nose, however.
PALATE: This delicate malt offers fruits, planed wood, and light toffee. The palate is sweet before gaining in acidity.
FINISH: Dry; medium-length, with an attractive lingering sandalwood aftertaste. Sharp and well-balanced.