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Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

Decent, but a little lacking in character

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

17th Oct 2009


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The nose is gently fruity and sweet - almost like a lighter version of a fruity christmas cake. Just a tingle of spices at the end.

The taste opens with fruity, cakey sweetness and expands with some smoke and a spicy tingle on the tongue that seems to moisten rather than dry. Fairly simple but pleasant. Easy to drink.

The finish is pleasant, sweet and decently smoky. The spice tingles for a decent long time.

This was smokier than I thought it would be, and is a decent dram, but doesn't really knock your socks off. That said, this might be a decent malt to introduce smoky flavours to people who have only had sweet and creamy speysides, sort of a half-way step between the speysides and the Highland Park 12 or the Talisker 10, as they can be a step too far for some.

Like I said, a decent malt, but not something I'll come back to very often.

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jeanluc commented

Its not a sexy brand but thats not to say its isn't a good whisky. Like you say perhaps a good one for the learner slopes?

13 years ago 0

jdcook commented

@Jean-luc - if I went out to a pub and this was the only single malt available then I wouldn't be disappointed. It's still a fine dram. But there are quite a few drams I would go for in preference to this one. It is the lightest malt with a noticeable smoke hit, so yeah, a decent learner malt, but not interesting enough to be a daily dram.

13 years ago 0

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