Your chance to own a very special part of Scottish Ballet’s history.

A unique cask of Royal Lochnagar whisky, laid down in 1994, has now been bottled ready for auction as part of Diageo’s prestigious Casks of Distinction range.

This gift of a cask of whisky was an investment in the future of Scotland’s national dance company. In addition, the Scottish artist Norman Edgar was commissioned to paint the cask end portraying Principal dancer Nicci Theis in the iconic role of Princess Aurora, the sleeping beauty.

Twenty-six years later, ‘The Sleeping Beauty' is ready to be shared with whisky lovers and ballet fans alike, with 470 bottles to be sold at a Whisky Auctioneer auction on 9-13 September 2021. All monies raised at auction later this year contributing to the Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund.

Read more about ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ story and auction.

Tasting notes

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is a single-cask Highland malt at 56.3% vol. The top notes are of dried fruits and kitchen spices, soon evolving into Christmas cake, plum pudding and mince pies on a bosky (bramble thicket) base.

The taste starts sweet (treacle toffee, burnt toffee) and finishes dry and spicy (Szechuan pepper), with a long, warm finish. A little water changes the toffee taste to tablet and introduces notes of sticky malt loaf, finishing with a clove-like, mouth-cooling effect.


18+ please enjoy responsibly

‘This is as good an example of Lochnagar as I have ever tasted. It has retained the original distillery character, while long ageing has developed layers of complexity.’

Charles MacLean MBE, Master of the Quaich and whisky writer

‘It is with great pride and pleasure that we have bottled ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Cask of Distinction, beginning a new chapter in this beautiful story, and to offer lovers of Scottish craft and fine arts a chance to appreciate this unique single malt Scotch whisky, while benefitting Scottish Ballet.’

James Mackay, Head of Rare & Exceptional Spirits at Diageo