Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Feb 2009 4:16 pm

Average value

€ 36.43

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402 × member ratings

962 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.45 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Administrator

    So, what have we got here? The smallest distillery of Diageo's portfolio, a royal warrant dating back to 1848, and one of the key contributors to JW Blue Label. The nose starts off with cloudy apple juice, fruit salad and maltiness before hints of caramel and sawdust creep in. More apples follow on the palate (apple puree and pie), and there is a delicate touch of oak, ginger and cloves. Easy, short but without any off-notes, the finish does not leave much of an impression. With that being said, I would still prefer Royal Lochnagar 12 over JW Blue Label at any time.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very nice standard for a fair € 32, wrongly often overlooked, I drink gladly again and again.
    • Nose
      in the first few minutes a nice fruity gummy bear note, then down to earth, malt, some milk chocolate, shortbread
    • Taste
      mild and sweet, malt, nougat, a little cocoa ... after a while on the tongue white pepper and light bitterness
    • Finish
      medium, cocoa, pepper and a small piece of wood

  3. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Nice molt with a hard dip on the finish. As well okay.
    • Nose
      Soft pastries with sweet spices, apple charlotte with vanilla and cinnamon, ginger tea, grassy notes.
    • Taste
      Soft ginger donut, baked apples, black tea, vanilla, hot pepper.
    • Finish
      Short, weak, but pleasant, ginger, apples, herbaceous tincture with bitterness.

  4. mothers_finest scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    And again such a whisky where the low price is the fatal. All those experts who, given the price, can not attribute a fair rating to the whisky, but can not really explain why. Certainly not the most complex whisky on earth, a slightly sweet nose, vanilla, some malt on the palate and a touch of oak spice on the finish are just not extravagant; but a malt that does not hurt at the price and is certainly better than his reputation!

    Deductions are due to the coloring and the chillfiltration.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    N: Rather lemony, in a Lagavulin type of way, additionally it’s somewhat thin and resinous. Coincidentally, this 12yo and the Lagavulin 16yo stand side-by-side in the distillery shop.
    T: An easy savoury harvest-like soft grassy dram.
    F: Bready and faithful to the barley beer-based spirit.
    C: It’s fine but standard – bog-standard [much like the tour].

  6. Martin1965 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very light smoke, caramel
    • Taste
      Malty, sweet, minimal smoke, fruity
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry and malty

      Average 12s

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    That's not bad for the price. Although nothing of which I buy myself a bottle, but now it was not bad to have tried.

  8. tribe scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Super plv
    • Nose
      87 87
      Apfel, Getreide, malz und Wiese oder Kräuter. Sehr. Angenehm
    • Taste
      83 83
      Holz, Getreide, Bratapfel und ein Hauch Kräuter
    • Finish
      79 79
      Holz mit ingwer.

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Easy Drinking. Cooked apples, malt, some toffee and a distinctive oak note that tastes like 12 years. No one to mind, but consistent and with good PLV.

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    All-day dram. Quite delicious but not very complex. That is his only problem.
    • Nose
      very oily, solvents, vanilla, some toffee, malty
    • Taste
      slightly alcoholic, malty, a touch of vanilla, slightly sour, bitter and a black note
    • Finish
      the vanilla, the malt and a few tannins, gone pretty fast


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