Royal Lochnagar (The Royal name was bestowed upon the distillery following a visit by Queen Victoria on the 12th September 1848. Apparently at the end the first ever distillery tour, Queen Victoria enjoyed a dram of Lochnagar highland single malt. The distillery also is situated next to the Balmoral estate owned by the Queen) .
Re-whisky the distillery does not produce a lot of OB whisky (Not that there are many IBs as well), and the expressions it does release are far from exciting or spectacular.There’s the 12 year old which is an average whisky, but does not tickle my fancy that much, and a triple matured expression i reviewed a long time ago (review here) , and a ‘Selected Reserve’ NAS, and of course the distiller’s edition which is a take on the 12 , with a wine finish (you know the Trick), which I am going to review today.
As noted, this is not a sherry cask finish, but a Muscat wine finish: Muscat being a sweet dessert wine, which I hoped will add a nice touch to the otherwise quite Meh 12 year old. I don’t really remember why I picked a 1 liter bottle of this at some duty-free, but probably it was on sale or something, and that was quite a few year’s back. This is the 1998 vintage, there’s a 2000 vintage out now too, which I have not tasted yet.