‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is a single-cask Highland malt at 56.3% vol. The top notes are of dried fruits and kitchen spices, soon evolving into Christmas cake, plum pudding and mince pies on a bosky (bramble thicket) base.
The taste starts sweet (treacle toffee, burnt toffee) and finishes dry and spicy (Szechuan pepper), with a long, warm finish. A little water changes the toffee taste to tablet and introduces notes of sticky malt loaf, finishing with a clove-like, mouth-cooling effect.
‘This is as good an example of Lochnagar as I have ever tasted. It has retained the original distillery character, while long ageing has developed layers of complexity.’
Charles MacLean MBE, Master of the Quaich and whisky writer