Whisky Tasting Event, Tuesday 31 August 2021, Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Thank you for joining us at this very special event, celebrating the awakening of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky. 

Tasting notes

Royal Lochnagar 1994

26YO single cask Highland malt @56.3%Vol
The Sleeping Beauty, Cask 1289

Appearance: Rich umber, polished mahogany; drawn from a European oak ex-sherry butt. Good beading; good legs, indicating viscosity.

Aroma: A mellow nose, with some prickle; still lively and vital. 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 – typical of Royal Lochnagar. The aroma becomes more mentholic and nose-cooling with a drop of water.

Palate: A mouthfilling, smooth and lightly oily texture. A taste which 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.

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

Tasting notes provided by Charles MacLean MBE, Master of the Quaich. 

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