Royal Lochnagar 1996 Distillers Edition
Cask Type: Muscat Finish
Bottled Strength: 40% ABV
Bottle Size: 70cl
Royal Lochnagar is so-called after it was bestowed with a Royal Warrant by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria following a visit in 1848. The popularity of the distillery’s Begg’s blend saw it acquired by John Dewar & Sons in 1916, who later became part of DCL, upping the demand for its whisky from other brands in their portfolio, including Johnnie Walker. Today it is part of Diageo, their smallest distillery by some margin, making the modest amount of its single malt spared for bottling increasingly sought after.
Distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2008, this is the Distillers Edition. The range is a twist on the standard Classic Malts series, with each finished in a variety of different casks. For Royal Lochnagar, the second maturation is in fine old Muscat casks.