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Royal Lochnagar 1973

Overall rating
87.71/100
votes
43
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1973
Bottled
04.1997
Stated Age
23 years old
Strength
59.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281012179
Added on
01 Sep 2008 10:32 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 396.15

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43 × member ratings

92 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Royal Lochnagar 1973

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.71 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  One of the Rare Malt editions that I did not taste so far for a good reason:  I always found the Royal Lochnagar malt rather difficult to enjoy - hard to say why but it is the same as with some other small distilleries (like Glenturret, Edradour or Tullibardine).  Maybe it is the smaller size of the stills that produces a distillate that is somewhat "challenging" to my taste buds.  Nevertheless I try such drams on a regular basis but samples only  (I do not dare to buy a full bottle unless I am really sure I like it).

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows many very small tears that consolidate to a sticky ring with medium tears and slow legs over time.  The nose offers a rather shy autumn floral profile with wet haystacks, heather flowers and herbal aromas.  The initial mouthfeel is peppery and slightly coating with a drying-astringent feeling that is not to my liking.  The taste is not very impressive on some sugary, grassy, floral and heather honey flavours with rather shy spices.  The finish is of medium length and much spicier than the taste (peppers, chili) with that drying-astringent ending again (like the first mouthfeel).  Water unlocks some more aromas in the nose (honeys, fruits) and flavours on the palate (sweet fruits) and it reduces the dryness both in the mouthfeel and finish.  I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.

    Another rather difficult dram for my taste buds - do not get me wrong:  This is a fine malt but it is too antithetical to really enjoy it.  But I am pretty sure there are connoisseurs out there that appreciate such a profile, for sure...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A decent aged Royal Lochnagar. Although I wouldn't pay more then €100 for the quality you get.
    Not bad, but not really impressing either.
    This was a given sample from a sample swap.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, fruity and a little sour note, like citric acid. In the background there are some dusty notes. Overall it smells even a bit young although 23 years old. With a drop of water everything gets more balanced and I get a little chalk note.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and soft. A very sweet whisky, which comes with a sweet arrival. After half a minute it turns a little sour. Which isn't bad at all. With water: it all calms down a bit but doesn't change much.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. Again the sweetness followed by the citric acid. But there are some delicate wood notes in here too.
      With water: some of the dusty notes are more prominent.

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Medium body. Very soft.
    • Nose
      Sweet, syrupy, parkin-like.
    • Taste
      Very appetizing , fresh, clean sweetness. Very good flavour development.
    • Finish
      Long. Marzipan and nutty dryness.

  5. zby0001 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "An early bottling from the mid-1990s for Diageo`s Rare Malt series, this Royal Lochnagar 1983 should be a belter."
    TWE

  7. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Thai Basil when neat.
      Diluted a little, strawberries!!
    • Taste
      Sweet, sweet malt and fruit. A generous helping of toffee ice cream.
    • Finish
      Medium , slightly bitter at the very end

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