Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old - House Baratheon

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 59.65

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

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.44 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. toklian scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B20


  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 21 20 21 83

    Not bad, exactly, the style is maintained ...

  4. 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.

  5. No1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Whisky is average for me. First of all, it is too expensive in relation to the quality. He is supposed to be 12 years old, and as if those years were not enough. Too very diluted (little%). Pros ... Perfect (I think) for women. It does not burn, intriguingly, it delicately pinches the palate and sweetens at the end. Alcohol is practically imperceptible.
    • Nose
      79 79
      sweet, vanilla, raisins, a bit of pine needles, old skin
    • Taste
      80 80
      creamy, slightly spicy, a little pineapple, resinous
    • Finish
      81 81
      quite long, sweet, with a pleasant warming end turning into a honey bitterness

  6. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Never tried anything from Royal Lochnagar. I understand that this is not the best example for dating. Flat and even. Malt for hoods and do not need to invent. Diageo probably had a simple calculation: on the hype of the series, to "hook" the young generation on a single malt, and to kick it in for bad money. You can drink, but never have fun.
    Balance 21
    Total 83
    • Nose
      Nose: vanilla, butter cream, 21 bun
    • Taste
      Taste: watery, lacking in body; freshly sawn pine, vanilla 21
    • Finish
      Medium-lasting aftertaste, leaves in herbal bitterness, in a bad way 20

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Impressive lack of flavour a bit watery, easy to drink tbf

  8. fnk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aged in bourbon barrels, perhaps decorated with sherry ... I would like to find the composition of the barrels. Compared with Dalwinnie from this series, it seemed a little more pleasant and rich in aroma, and softer in taste. But in general, what can I say, the basic faceless single malt, which takes, of course, because it is part of the HBO collection - Game of the Thrones. Let's just say an affordable collection for many. For fans of the series and single malt, it will be cool to hold such a tube / bottle in their hands. One of these days I'll try another Kleinelish, from this series, we'll see.

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Plum, apple, pear, floral, peach, dark fruits, marzipan, stollen
    • Taste
      82 82
      Licorice, oak, pleasantly tasty, malty
    • Finish
      83 83
      light dark chocolate

  10. Foudos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78


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