Royal Lochnagar celebrates 175th anniversary

Diageo is marking 175 years of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery with a limited edition 17-year-old single malt Scotch whisky.

Bottled at 56.3% ABV, the whisky was aged in refill, Pedro Ximénez and oloroso Sherry-seasoned casks. Only 3,000 bottles of the 175th anniversary whisky have been created, priced at RRP £250 (US$325) per 700ml. It will be available from select specialist retailers and from the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Sean Phillips, distillery manager at Royal Lochnagar, said: “Selected by our expert team, this rare release portrays true Royal Lochnagar character and celebrates its history as a tiny treat for the whisky connoisseur.” Royal Lochnagar 17th Anniversary whisky is said to have aromas of mango, melon, hints of wood, bracken and brambles, leading to flavours of chocolate, light coffee, sweetness and juicy acidity. The finish is said to be long and dry, with a touch of sandalwood. Highland distillery Royal Lochnagar was founded in 1845, one mile from the royal family’s Balmoral Castle. It was originally called New Lochnagar, but was renamed after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the first distillery tour in 1848 and issued a Royal Warrant, permitting the use of ‘royal’ in its name.