Royal Lochnagar, one of only a small number of distilleries with an open mash tun, is typically used for Diageo staff training. I’ve little experience of Royal Lochnagar as a single malt. Though it is a key component in Diageo’s Johnnie Walker [blue], and ‘the signature malt of Windsor, the best-selling Scotch blend in Korea since 2006‘ [Whisky Yearbook 2020], much of its relatively small output [450000 lpa] goes into single malt production which boils down to their most widely known expression – the lacklustre 12yo bottled at a disappointing 40%. As a result, one of the two drams at the end of the tour isn’t even a Royal Lochnagar! What would it take to bring out a cask from the warehouse every so often? Instead, we start with Bowmore!
N: Out from a surprisingly direct peatiness follows a rather nondescript fruity=vegetal composition encased inside a flattened-out Rowntree’s Wine Gum.
T: I’m detecting rather slap-dash sherry cask finishing.
F: Fag ash at the death.
C: As per usual [with contemporary Bowmore] I’m not totally convinced. I may also be in a mood. Bad combo.