|Royal Lochnagar 12 Year|
Price: £35.90 (Master of Malt)
Lochnagar Distillery was established by a former illicit distiller – James Robertson – in 1823, and has been rebuilt twice following arson attacks. Lochnagar were awarded the “Royal” prefix in 1848 after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert claimed the neighbouring Balmoral Castle as their country home. They accepted an invitation to see the distillery at work and, after tasting the Highland whisky, awarded Lochnagar with the Royal Warrant. Royal Lochnagar are located in the Cairngorms and draw their water from springs on their namesake munro. They have only two copper stills (one wash, one spirit) and are one of only 16 Scottish distilleries to still use wormtub condensers. Royal Lochnagar is by far the smallest distillery in Diageo’s portfolio, producing only 450,000 litres of whisky a year, a large portion of which goes into Johnnie Walker blends.