Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry refill
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 220.00
Official website: www.malts.com
The lands surrounding the River Dee in Aberdeenshire had been covered by a thick, icy fog since time immemorial, until a proud stallion, white as snow, came galloping mightily and tore the caliginous veil. The warmth of spring flowed through his majestic figure, melting the ice beneath his hooves and making the grass grow lush again.
And it was his gallop that gave Royal Lochnagar’s stills their energy and warmth, allowing this rare expression of the distillery to be created years later for the ‘Legends Untold’ series, the thread running through the 2021 Special Releases.
Cask strength, no adulteration and classic composition in the ageing casks for a 2004 distillate, which sees Royal Lochnagar return to this line after the first and only time in 2007.
The nose is soft and delicate, a riot of flowers and fruit intertwined in a compote with waxy veins of green melon, kiwi, pear, apricot and wild flowers. Mint tea, pine nuts, cereal biscuits and grapes punctuate the aromas, chasing each other (at a gallop?) on a grassy carpet that evokes an intoxicating freshness. Rich.
More brazen and energetic in the mouth, where the high alcohol content makes itself felt with an initial burst of pepper and ginger that anticipates a substantial and warm body, in which the sweet and soft notes (cooked apples, sultanas, shortcrust pastry) have more acidic and bitter veins, with almonds, lemon, orange peel and liquorice root. More tea and herbaceous touches, while a curious impression of cucumber emerges along the length.
The finish is long and mentholated, with leaves of grass (sorry Walt), fennel, apples and almonds.
A rich, spectacular whisky, doing justice to a neglected distillery that shows muscle and grace like the white horse it sports on the label. It deserves a less elitist price precisely to allow as many enthusiasts as possible to discover just how much generosity Royal Lochnagar is capable of.
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