Royal Lochnagar 1994

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Casks of Distinction
Stated Age
26 years old
European Oak
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Scottish Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty' Cask
Added on
09 sep 2021 2:22 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1499.99

9 × in wishlist

21 × member ratings

57 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Royal Lochnagar 1994

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.00 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Quite OK, but nothing special - the leathery notes are an indication to me for some slightly sulphury traces
    • Nose
      87 87
      Red fruits, forrest berries, little vinous notes, nuts, pepper, vanilla, oak wood, little earthy hints, some cooked fruits, little jam, dates
    • Taste
      85 85
      Punchy, nutty, subtle sweetness, vanilla, more forrest berries and red fruits, red grapes, little butterscotch, spices, pepper, hints of leather
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, warm, spicy, peppery, more leathery

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  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sulphurous nose to start off with, but more to offer deep within.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sulphur, like century eggs, gunpowder or burned nitrate. Not too pleasing here to be honest.

      30 mins later, there tomato soup. Drop some black pepper on there and it's a banger. Dip your bread or cream cracker.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sulphur on the nose is a no no for me, but sulphur on the palate, hell yes!! Below that sulphur, we have red plums, dark fruits, a sweet punchy oak and treacle mixture. Old leather with plenty of Sarawakian white pepper.

      Time dispels sulphur and with it comes pumpkin, beef stock, port cask like influence.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to mid lows, burn your onions after its seared on a hot pan with butter. That's just how it tastes like.

  4. TheRareDram scored this whisky 33 points Member Senior

    Extremely sulphur and alcohol heavy. Lacks any real flavour or class...

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sulphur, candied fruits, sweet spices, toffee, not too sure about the sulphury notes otherwise pretty good

  6. Basiletus scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    It tastes really good when a 1 month has passed after opening the bottle. Classic whisky of matured at european refill sherry cask, I could not find any shortcomings

  7. MaltHarvest scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    This gift of a cask of whisky was an investment in the future of Scotland’s national dance company. In addition, the Scottish artist Norman Edgar was commissioned to paint the cask end portraying Principal dancer Nicci Theis in the iconic role of Princess Aurora, the sleeping beauty.

    Twenty-six years later, ‘The Sleeping Beauty' is ready to be shared with whisky lovers and ballet fans alike, with 470 bottles to be sold at a Whisky Auctioneer auction on 9-13 September 2021.

  8. MD76 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    ‘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


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