Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old - House Baratheon

Overall rating
79.73/100
votes
309
Whiskybase ID
WB118412
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
Barcode
5000267173818
Added on
02 oct 2018 9:11 am by Dirk
Colored

Average value

€ 136.94

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

50 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.73 points.

  1. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Dark golden color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Red Berries. Maybe some yeast. Oxidation. Overripe strawberries. Compote strawberries. A trace of acidity underneath. Dust. Maybe some raspberries and cranberries. Strawberries. Nice nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweetness. Berries, rather red. Dessert chocolate. There is a certain bitterness. Black berries. Blackberries. Some oak. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Dark chocolate dominates. Pretty oily. The second sip seemed sweeter, but less oily. More fruit.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Warming and spicy at first. Spices. Pepper. Lots of dark chocolate. Traces of berries in the background. Blackberries and blueberries. Cinnamon. Medium-length finish.

  2. Murain scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Because he's boring

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    - from my memory compared to the original Royal
    Lochnagar 12 years clearly better
    - more sherry and orange flavors
    - nevertheless he looks younger than 12 years and stronger than 40%
    - still has a certain "burn" in the character
    - but for 50€ much too expensive (despite nicer
    Packaging...)
    • Nose
      Citrus, Orange, Spices, Oak, Green Apple, Peach
    • Taste
      young, strong, powerful start, much stronger and sharper than the smell suggests, orange, sherry aromas, red berries, lots of oak
    • Finish
      short exit ;
      medium-length fruity (yellow fruits) and oak-heavy aftertaste, a clear warmth lasts for a long time

  4. Nazin scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    N: vanilla, honey
    T: citruses, vanilla, honey.
    F: citruses

  5. Thoma scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. Dionysus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. MaroFF scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. 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

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

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

  10. fnk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  11. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    2020-06-18
    • 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

  12. Foudos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  13. the_muskox scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Decent, but forgettable. I like the balance of smoke and fruit notes, and especially the spiced pastry notes on the nose. It’s pretty thin on the palate and finish though, and though balanced, it doesn’t seem very refined. I tried this blind and guessed that it might have been the old Highland Park 15.

    Nose: Floral and fruity, but rich. Loads of apple pie, as well as pear, guava, candied lemon peel, and sugared strawberries. Shortbread biscuits, soft caramels, butter, blanched almonds, and my bubbie’s mandelbrot). Maybe a slight leathery note.

    Palate: Thin texture, slightly oily. Seems to be a low-ish ABV. Soft arrival, with honey, pastries, banana, salt, white tea, honeycomb, and sweet cooked fruits. Oak in the middle, with earthy and peppery peat smoke. Caramel fudge, blueberry tart, and waxy milk chocolate toward the back. Lighty coastal and pine-y.

    Finish: Medium-short, and fairly light. Bananas Foster, lemon tarts, barley sugar, maple fudge, old pencils, wet forest floor, and distant burning pine boughs.

  14. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    It doesn't hurt you. Certainly easy to slurp away, but that is comparable to a simple blend. Very simple and straightforward.
    • Nose
      Some lime zest, sweet malt, a little dry wood
    • Taste
      Oak spice, malty sweet, very light citrus notes, creamy and slightly dry
    • Finish
      In short, a little spice, no other surprises

  15. JOEWE scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    The Royal lochnagar ... The now 3rd whisky I drink in this series.
    I have to say, I haven't done a lot of tastings yet and my taste palette is growing, but I am of the opinion.
    It may start now.

    After the singleton and dalwhinnie I smell sweet scents again, before I smelled some pear, but now more towards apple.
    In terms of taste, it has a soft taste and compared to the other 2 I do not immediately find caramel, but the flavors disappear quickly.
    very soft aftertaste. nothing special to report, little honey in the distance.

  16. maltmitch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    My recommendation for beginners. Insanely good value for money. Easy to access. Easy drinking, no corners or knowledge.
    At “only” 40% it is quite soft and the finish is very short. He does not set highlights. But from my point of view it should also be a whisky for beginners. And you have to cut back on the price.

    Nevertheless, a clear purchase recommendation!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, leather, vanilla, cream, roasted almonds
    • Taste
      81 81
      In the taste, some wood is added to the already smelled notes.
      Otherwise no deviations or surprises.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short. Slightly woody and metallic.

  17. MackenzieOB95 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: Tree fruits. Spices. Sweet syrup. A little hint of chocolate. Some citrus notes. Very pleasant.

    Palate: More tree fruits. Chocolate presence stronger. Malt. Vanilla. More faint waves of citrus.

    Finish: Medium. Warm with waves of malt and vanilla.

    Overall Score: 82. I very much enjoyed this. It has a very rich and full body. Excellent layers of flavor and a very soothing mouthfeel. Highland was the right regional choice for Baratheon. It’s towards the top of my favorites of the GoT series.

  18. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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

  19. WLUO scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

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

  20. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  21. bvrsky scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    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.

  22. Wolf68 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  23. McMoulis scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  24. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  25. WhiskyBjorn83 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

  26. KayMeertens scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apple, malt, vanilla and eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      A biscuit-like maltiness, fig, vanilla, apple and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Vanilla shortbread, cashew, apple, mint and a bit of smoke.

  27. 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.

  28. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  29. 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.

  30. GIORGOS scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

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

  31. 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

  32. dram-drinker scored this whisky 74 points Photo 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

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

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

  34. stefsel111 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

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

  35. detachedblue scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      cream , ripe apple, pear drop
    • Taste
      Mellow and sweet, mint, almost no flavors, crystalized apple
    • Finish
      Medium, modern, sweet

  36. schengel10 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    A fruity, interesting and tidy Highland Malt! Significantly more Sherryeinfuss than the standard 12-year-old! 40.0% a little bit! The only one from the GoT series showing sherry casks!
    • Nose
      Fruits (apples, oranges), sherry notes, vanilla, spices, oak;
    • Taste
      quite thin, fruity onset, apples, oranges, sherry, then intense spicy oak;
    • Finish
      mid-length spicy finish, oak, pepper, tobacco in the finish;

  37. mema82 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  38. toklian scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B20

    Whisky.

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

    21 21 20 21 83

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

  40. JacobaEd scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  41. Andytka3 scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    N- Orange with sandalwood, mango, exotic tropical fruits and some chocolate. Stiff on the build up, and actually rather no build up at all with layer of moldy wood smog. Resin, some floral notes whispering, may be. (82/17)

    P- Tart on entry, light and thin mouthfeel. A spirit soaked (rather aged) with oak, peppery, surely quite young in the vat, despite the 12YO statement. Thin body, tired and off note corked wine with elementary sweet. Soul-less. (75/15)

    F- Short, spirity, feinty with odd and unpleasant oakiness lingers. Lacking. (77/16)

    B/B- 75/15

    Cereal- 1, Fruity- 1, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 3, Sulphury- 1, Woody- 2, Winery- 0, Spicy- 1

    Weighted Rate- 63pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Orange with sandalwood, mango, exotic tropical fruits and some chocolate. Stiff on the build up, and actually rather no build up at all with layer of moldy wood smog. Resin, some floral notes whispering, may be. (82/17)
    • Taste
      P- Tart on entry, light and thin mouthfeel. A spirit soaked (rather aged) with oak, peppery, surely quite young in the vat, despite the 12YO statement. Thin body, tired and off note corked wine with elementary sweet. Soul-less. (75/15)
    • Finish
      F- Short, spirity, feinty with odd and unpleasant oakiness lingers. Lacking. (77/16)

      B/B- 75/15

      Cereal- 1, Fruity- 1, Floral- 1, Peaty- 0, Feinty- 3, Sulphury- 1, Woody- 2, Winery- 0, Spicy- 1

      Weighted Rate- 63pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  42. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. maltandgrains scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Spicy, fruity and a slight hint of vanilla. Overall a little harsh on the nose.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fruity, with hints of fresh wood and honey. Rolls in very smooth.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish. Sweet and fruity, with spicy hints.

  44. dandan798 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      fruit, heather, honey, pear, apple, apricot
    • Taste
      84 84
      fruit, oak, honey, spices, pepper, grapes, apple, citrus, peach
    • Finish
      80 80
      fruit, apple, spices, oak, apricot, honey, paper, citrus

  45. 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.

  46. Falnor scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Our is the fury! House Baratheon is strong and fierce. After almost 300 years Robert ended the Targaryen dynasty. So why did they choose such a weak dram for this house?
    The nose starts okay with gentle sweet honey and fresh fruits, but on the palate it's not too good at all.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      74 74

  47. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This one is pretty good actually. Don't expect a mindblowing dram, but for a Abv of 40% this one is pretty full of aroma's and taste.
    And it gets even better if you give it some time.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh and fruity, apples and citrus, some vanilla. Grassy, alcohol pretty prominent.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft and smooth, fruity, tropical fruits, vanilla and honey. Pretty full taste for such a low Abv. Later on some caramel as well.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Soft and smooth, sweet, a little pepper now. Middle long finish, and even some tobacco now. This one is getting even better after some while.

  48. ctu scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant spicy and oaky one. 79/80.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Spicy oak, fruits, vanilla and milk caramel.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Yellow fruits, matured oak, vanilla pudding, nutmeg and white pepper.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium length, spicy, oak.

  49. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  50. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

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