Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old - House Baratheon

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 Oct 2018 9:11 am by Dirk

Average value

€ 80.32

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163 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old - House Baratheon

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.68 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Storm’s End

    In the very week of the release, rumor had it that this bottle – along with the Clynelish – were the hardest to find, for they were released in smaller numbers. Result: this 50 EUR bottle quickly changed hands on the secondary market for double, triple the price or more (I even saw one in auction selling for 350 EUR, go figure). Was this only meant to distract people from the fact that it is actually just the regular Royal Lochnagar 12 in Game of Thrones livery? I comfort myself with the thought that I had not yet tried the malt.

    Spring fresh nose on apples, candied oranges, melon and freshly cut grass. Vanilla and barley sugar. Sweet and completely devoid of spices. Fairly simple and yet… I quite like it.

    Oh, boy, this arrival is truly subpar. Watery almost. Next to the apples and citrus, I also get hints of pineapple, yoghurt with some pear and honey. It has some green herbs in there as well. Some plant roots. Drying oak. Late caramel. Becomes better from the second sip forward, but never blows you away.

    Only in the rather short finish do I get a bit of pepper. But the emphasis is on vanilla. Make that custard.

    Fairly simply, but pleasant enough Lochnagar, but it could have used a little more power and body.

  2. Gareth74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Hopefully this will end better than the tv show.

    So, I’ve been hankering after some Royal Lochnagar for some time, so it seems now is the perfect time with the auction sites overflowing with cheap bottles of this ‘special edition’ to take a stab at it. Off we go...

    First off, I have to say I love the packaging. The printing and paper choices are excellent and the tube is a lovely thing.

    On the nose, it smells old, musty, cardboard, mace, mustard seed, stewed vegetables, black pepper, it’s quite a savoury affair where everything verges toward a wet and woody shed of a dram. I have to admit, this is not setting my world on fire. There’s a wee bit of banana bread in there to give a hope of sweetness but it’s wrapped up in an old wet canvas bag. Porridge and malt too. Some toast and angel delight toffee, barley sugar and stale Madeira cake. Hopefully this is an ugly duckling.

    (Coming back to the nose on one that has stood for a while and the sweetness replaces some of the damp mustiness)

    In the mouth and things pick up immediately! Malty, woody, orange oil, some wood spice and ginger, there’s satsuma skins and a slightly bitter note too, watered down pineapple syrup. There’s a varnish kind of tang in there, maybe a solvent based paint note. It’s quite warming too, no rough edges, it’s peppery without it becoming hot but there’s a nagging feeling that it’s so desperate to do more than it is. It feels very constrained and, not so much watered down (it does feel it) as hamstrung somehow. I get the feeling that some of the flavours that are milling about, dawdling on the palate would be served better with an alcoholic kick up the backside with an abv of 43-46%. You can taste the potential. It’s there, just out of reach. It’s a bit annoying.

    So, overall, if you can pick it up for £35 it’s worth it just to try. If you’ve had some of the bottles from the 70’s and 80’s it’s likely to be a disappointing endeavour - they are supposed to be excellent. If you’ve got it at cask strength I’m assuming you have the director’s cut as opposed this straight to DVD effort.

    So, not bad overall, a good, affordable introduction to RL that, just like the GoT on tv could and should have been better.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Bosi scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    An extremely tasty whisky, which is definitely one of the better whiskys from the Game of Thrones series. With a few percent more, this bottling could be a really good whisky.
    • Nose
      First, the nose is very citrus-oriented: orange, lime and ginger. In addition, flavors of new leather, nutmeg, olives and fudge will bring the necessary sweetness into the game.
    • Taste
      The texture of the whisky is pleasantly oily and the sweetness now dominates with even more fudge, chocolate fruits and dark malt. Finally, add a touch of licorice.
    • Finish
      The finish is unfortunately quite short and a chocolate sweet with a slight bitterness, as remains of furniture polish.

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. benfolt scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    This is almost as if you drink juice, sweet, tangerine pure, otherwise little and slightly alcoholic in the taste. Unfortunately, that is not very convincing.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet and fruity, light acidity, orange or tangerine, some yoghurt, slightly closed, Bircher muesli, so some cereal notes, light spice
    • Taste
      78 78
      a bit watery, a little sweet, fruity, tangerine, a little one-dimensional, creamy, a slight hint of alcohol
    • Finish
      78 78
      slightly tart at the back, still intense mandarin, as if you were drinking the juice from the can

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 74 points Moderator

    Overall not really pleasant
    • Nose
      84 84
      Dry hay, a bit farmy, seabreeze, whiffs of leather and seaweed
    • Taste
      74 74
      Seaweed, little bit brackish, salty, green tea
    • Finish
      64 64
      Rather short, strange, tad bitter

  9. d-evil scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    soft, sweet, (dried) dates, not to complex

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74


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