Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 sep 2010 2:05 pm

Average value

€ 415.08

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Whisky reviews for Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.54 points.

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    acts like a classic old sherry from the 70 / 80s, ultra complex, without the sherry kills me completely - awesome. The only downside is the 43%
    • Nose
      91 91
      Like in a humidor - many juicy tobacco notes, saddle leather, some furniture polish, candle wax, on the fruity side are apricots and fresh oranges, toffee, almonds and cherries, decent oak spices with lots of cinnamon and some licorice flavors
    • Taste
      90 90
      nice start with many sherry flavors, with gentle oak and even some peat
    • Finish
      89 89
      long and persistent, the sherry brings some peat again, but behind it it gradually gets dry, but without any bitterness

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  3. DimiIkon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: May 2021
    • Nose
      90 90
      A beautiful nose of old, sweet sherry. Full of cherries, a clear caramel, toffee note and oak tones. A touch of spices and some leather appears also.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full of red fruits and marzipan. Spices, nuts and chocolate. Then the vanilla appears and is sweet and combined with some almonds. Some raisins, caramel and apricots.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long and well balanced. Full of red fruit sweetness and mild spices. Some bitter almond and oak wood. Overall a fantastic dram!

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Abadon05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and delicious. Unfortunately for me too strong in the direction of cough syrup.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark Sherynotes. In the direction of cold, long-standing child punch: dark oranges, dark cherries, cinnamon, some anise, even a minimal smoke can be heard, carnations. Somehow has something easily medical in the direction of cough syrup. Licorice and almonds are still spreading, as well as some nutty nuances. Even candle wax is clearly audible.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Light spice. The sherynots now dominate. The sweetness takes a back seat. The orange is barely noticeable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fruity and dry finish. Minimal bitterness, but which is clearly covered by the sweetness. A little short for my taste. The cough syrup notes remain. The orange appears again stronger.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Thirteen years after King William IV visited the Brackla distillery near Cawdor Castle and and bestowed upon them a Royal Warrant, Queen Victoria visited the Lochnagar distillery near Balmoral Castle. She did the very same thing and since then it’s Royal Lochnagar. The Selected Reserve is a limited series is that is released from time to time (but not yearly). It is bottled at drinking strength. Judging by the color, quite a bit of sherry matured Lochnagar went into the mix.

    Dark and sweet, very soft and aromatic nose on raisins, candied orange peel, fresh fig, old leather, pineapple and banana. Cloves are in charge. Caramel and caffé latte in the background. Mokatine becomes grand and dominates after a few moments. Very good indeed.

    The palate is a nice continuation of the nose, with loads of sherry notes, but with some earthy notes and a slight bitterness through the whole. I would have liked to body to be a bit more oily, but the taste is more than fine. Quasi complex.

    The finish is a tad too short to be called long, but remains dark and sweet. At the death a perfumy note (lavender?) appears, which is unbecoming of this beautiful nose and palate.

    If the finish was not a bit of a let-down, this would have been a belter. Nevertheless, this is still the best Lochnagar I have tried to date. Recommended.

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice oldschool, has everything you expect when you think of whisky with a nice European Sherry influence, it lacks a little special.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic, red gummy, juicy, red pear, brown sugar, full, dark honey, cinnamon, toffee, cherry, sweet tobacco, apricot jam
    • Taste
      Orange peel, apricots, the gummy bears and juice pears, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, caramel and cherry, sweet tobacco and sweet malt, tarragon, fine oak further back, not quite as full as in the nose
    • Finish
      Medium to long, more oak, some menthol, otherwise honey with malt and tannins, some tobacco

  8. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    notes and rating for the older one - 75cl Color: amber
    Nose: Fresh, juicy orange with lots of tobacco, leather and humidor flavors. Salt with slightly spicy aromas of vanilla, waxy honey, apricot jam, toffee and caramel. Class!
    Taste: Fine body with salty nut and almond composition, slightly smoky malt and orange peel. Continue with vanilla, honey, caramel, raisins, parsley and hints of fresh tarragon. The wood is discreetly in the background.
    Finish: Pretty long and getting bitter. Orange jam and mint with dry wood notes. At the end, cinnamon, tobacco and leather notes crystallize on the tongue.
    90 points (nose: 92 / taste: 88 / finish: 89)

  10. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Rich, smooth sherry dominates the nose, with hints of brandy and old leather making me think that there might be some older casks in the mix (it's certainly not a case of using NAS to cover overly young whisky). None of this stops the fruity base spirit coming through though, allowing soft orchard fruits (pear) and orange peel to emerge. Lovely stuff...and a huge improvement on the standard 12yo. Slightly thin on the palate (a higher strength would undoubtedly have helped), but with a very similar profile to the nose. The oak tannins emerge even more prominently, and add a nice edge to the otherwise fairly soft profile. The finish is too short and lacking depth to warrant a 90+ score, but the nose and palate are of a very high quality.

  11. torstenB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This bottling is a big surprise -very sherried. Gets a bit dry in the finish though.

    However - get one bottle if you can
    • Nose
      Orange peelings, toffee, spices
    • Taste
      Sherried flavours, bitter chocolate, slightly earthy flavours
    • Finish
      gets a bit drying, tannic, later cloves

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A really nice bottling and well worth trying. The finish is the only thing that lets it down, but it is only a minor point.

    If any whisky reminds you of a Christmas fruit cake, then this is it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A nice Lochnagar. Definitely better than the standard 12yo.
    • Nose
      Starts with lovely notes of sweet sherry. Raisins and figs. Waxed furniture. Bubblegum as well (?).Later on more mineralic and wet stones. Some leather at the background. Even a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      Quite poweful for 43%. Brandy-like creaminess. Lots of nutiness. Roasted almonds. Raisins again. Honey. Orange marmelade. Burnt toffee. Coffee.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Cinnamon. Caramel. A little nutmeg.

  14. Titi94 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA:

    Aroma: Fresh and spicy, light sherry tones.

    Taste: Sweet sherry, spices, ginger.

    Finish: With a slightly smoky finish. 

  15. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "This is the old wooden box presentation of Royal Lochnagar`s prestigious

    Selected Reserve, which was phased out around 2008. A very drinkable



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