Royal Lochnagar 2000

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
12 years old
Double Matured in Muscat Wine Wood
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 Oct 2012 2:27 pm

Average value

€ 64.64

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Lochnagar 2000

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.33 points

  1. Whisky101 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram and good value for money. I would not rush out to buy it but I am glad I tried it. 
    • Nose
      Initial nose made me think this is a grain whisky. Then follows a scent of Jam, not too sweet though, a light red fruit dram. The nose gets stronger as you leave this to open up a while. 
    • Taste
      Velvety. Nice, sweetness gives way to more savoury notes. Still jam but now maybe greengage or gooseberry. A drop of water opens up more fruit. 
    • Finish
      Medium, dry then slightly sweet. 

  2. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      ripe to overripe fruits. Very sweet, while easily drifting into the artificial. The wine is also there. There is also a spicy component. Minimal smoke. The alcohol is imperceptible. All in all a very round thing in the nose.
    • Taste
      very soft. The seasoning is more pronounced here than in the nose. The wine also plays a bigger role. Despite the 40%, the alcohol builds up well over time and it gets peppery.
    • Finish
      Dark sweetness flashes. Medium long, spicy finish. An oak taste remains in the mouth.

  3. Odessit did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge Valentin says:

    Royal Lochnagar 2000/2012 'Distiller's Edition' (40%, OB, batch #RL/00-12W)  This baby was finished in muscat wine. Which, frankly, is a little scary since muscat can be very pushy, but you never know... Colour: gold. Nose: we are, in truth, extremely close to the regular 12, despite a few whiffs of ripe apricots and mirabelles floating around. Hold on, those notes do indeed come a little more to the front after just ten seconds, but they never become vulgar, which was my main fear. Mouth: the muscat is a little more pronounced, there’s something slightly floral indeed, but also notes of tinned pineapples and honey. Also golden raisins. The background remains dry and ‘Lochnagary’, which gives you a wee impression of two-storey whisky. Finish: medium, on the same flavours. Bitter chocolate with a little marmalade. Comments: I’d say it’s in the very same league as the 12. It goes down well. SGP:561 - 79 points.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    OK. Somehow clearer than the 1996, but less Muscat influence than the 1996, therefore also cleaner, less sticky! But closer to the normal 12 series. The chocolate notes are a little missing. Delicious, but less drinkable than the 1996.
    • Nose
      Nose: slightly sulphurous, spicy, orange liqueur. A little more finely defined than the 1996, but not as tasty.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a little more acceleration, less barrel, less wine, more malt, bitter sweet some smoke.
    • Finish
      Finish, tart, malty, orange, slightly sweet notes, little sherry.

  5. marmeladow scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well-balanced, for a 12yo very well matured special vintage malt, which should have got its special notes from the muscatel barrel (one of the oldest grapes in the world - with a special flavor that I very much appreciate). It is pleasantly different from other, otherwise comparable highland or Speyside malts or the sometimes somewhat uniform sherry bombs. The overall impression in its diversity justifies the price.

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, very neat malt; offers significantly more than the normal 12-year-old; is not necessarily cheap!
    • Nose
      flowery, floral and fruity (green apples, compote), malt;
    • Taste
      sweet fruity onset, increases in the mouth; Apple compote, grapes, cereals, malt, some seasoning (oak);
    • Finish
      short finish; vinous malting echoes;

  7. Glenjasper scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Griller76 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Griller76 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A good, unfortunately too tasty tasty everyday whisky
    • Nose
      clearly full-bodied sherry, winter spices, light pepper + chilli, candied oranges, some freshly mown grass
    • Taste
      very mild and balanced, full-bodied, sweet sherry, some dried dates
    • Finish
      short with peppery notes, some smoke

  10. HunterRomario scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For the sample, I thank Nethar. Something more about this whisky I read after the tasting, just like the impressions of my colleagues. Well, finishing after "muscat wine" I would not guess or even know, the acidity was really easy. It's not a bad whisky, but Dalwhinnie 1996 DE I liked more.
    • Nose
      Malt, honey, bitter chocolate, wood. A slight touch of warm spice and citrus peel. (84 b)
    • Taste
      On the tongue of malt honey with a little bit of acidity. Unfortunately, my body is so thin, it's a bit more tricky than I would like, it would probably add a little more volume, those 40% is no miracle. (82 b)


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