Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Blue Coat of Arms Label
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Feb 2009 4:16 pm

Average value

€ 40.12

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451 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.56 points

  1. 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

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super 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

  3. 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.

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 82pts – |80 – 82 (B-) → Okay| — No major flaws, worth tasting.

  5. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky 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.

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Gold color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Feel the influence of Sherry Oloroso barrels. Dried fruit, but not sweet, dry. A bit of a cellar aroma, but quite pleasant. Maybe light tea notes, dry and astringent. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Maybe some citrus underneath.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Quite dry, bitter, but in a pleasant way. Not on tap. Dried fruits. Spices. White pepper. A pinch of cinnamon. Light barrel notes. Slight bitterness from Sherry Oloroso. Traces of cocoa. Traces of fresh fruit underneath.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Bitterness from Sherry Oloroso. Cocoa. Dried fruits. Deep underneath notes of fresh fruit. Medium-long finish. Spices. White pepper and cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg.

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Royal Lochnagar 12yo, 40%.

    Dull golden orange.

    Aroma is orangey, orange blossom, fragrant and citrussy, petals. Good aroma for sure. Very cohesive. A touch muted but what's there is pleasant. ‘Delicate’ is probably the best word.

    Taste is very easy, quite light and subtle on the palate, well-rounded. Fresh and citrussy, delicate floral and fruity esters. It doesn't come across as underpowered at 40%. This would be an amazing beginner's whisky. Lovely - and just the easiest spirit you could drink. Perfect for the beginning of an evening, or a summer's day whisky. 3.65/87

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some cardboard, strawberries, cereals, honey, caramel, a few herbs
    • Taste
      Honey, caramel, some strawberry jam, a few nuts, is gone extremely quickly and is pretty thin due to the 40%

  9. HotiMcWise scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Am thrilled. Value for money are great. In my opinion a budget Lagavulin (16) ... would buy it again.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, light citrus oil, light smoke, malt
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet malt, vanilla, velvety mild
    • Finish
      84 84
      Cocoa and hardly any burning

  10. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-27-2021.


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