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Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old - House Baratheon

Overall rating
79.46/100
votes
219
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9022CM009-00003978
Barcode
5000267173818
Added on
02 Oct 2018 9:11 am by Dirk
Colored

Average value

€ 48.21

35 × in wishlist

219 × member ratings

2185 × in collection

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

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.46 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. 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.

  3. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Color: golden yellow. Good, pleasant, quiet, satisfying. A perfect whisky for those approaching for the first time, but also appealing to those who know it for its royalty (the "Royal" attribute is perfect)
    • Nose
      Very soft, warm, malty scent of pulpy fruit, honey, Christmas cake
    • Taste
      On the palate it is smooth, very soft, warm, spicy, malty and moderately sweet.
    • Finish
      Medium-lasting finish, always soft and warm

  4. WLUO scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      70 70

  5. Arranthony_Moray scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. bvrsky scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The nose is not setting a high expectation of this dram. However the taste is very nice, but a very short finish.
    • Nose
      77 77
      Rather flat Nose, a cent of citrus and a hint of hay.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Vanilla, citrus and creamy pineapple. A bit surprising compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Vanilla and citrus are staying longer, the pineapple is gone very quickly. A short scent of pepper at the end.

  7. Wolf68 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. McMoulis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    15-11-2019
    • Nose
      72 72
      fruit
    • Taste
      76 76
      fruit, sweet sherry
    • Finish
      74 74
      fruit, sweet sherry

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