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Royal Lochnagar

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Region: Highlands, Scotland.

Founded: 1826

Status: Operational

Owner: Diageo

Water source: Lochnagar Hill Springs

Ouput: 0.4 million litres alcohol per annum


The first Lochnagar distillery was burnt down in suspicious circumstances in 1824 and a replacement again burnt down in 1841.[1] In 1845 John Begg built the “new” Lochnagar.[1] The distillery was awarded its Royal Warrant in 1848 when John Begg invited Prince Albert to visit the distillery from the nearby Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s residence in the Highlands. The next day the distillery was visited by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children.

Today Royal Lochnagar is owned by Diageo, and the distillery produces a relatively small amount of whisky, most of which is used in Johnnie Walker black and blue label.

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Royal Lochnagar Whisky Reviews:

  • Royal Lochnagar 12 Years Old ~ 40% (Diageo) - Review: Royal Lochnagar 12 Years Old Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Royal Lochnagar Distillery Bottling: Diageo ABV: 40% ABV Cost: 34.43 from Master of Malt Score: 84/100 What they say: Royal Lochnagar Distillery, just a mile or so along the banks of the River Dee from Balmoral Castle in the East Highlands, earned […]
  • royal-lochnagar-1998-distillers-edition Royal Lochnagar Distillers Edition 1998 ~ 40% (Diageo) - Review: Royal Lochnagar 1998 (Bottled 2011) Muscat Cask Finish Distillers Edition Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Royal Lochnagar Distillery Bottling: Diageo; Distillers Edition ABV: 40% Cost: £59.83* from Master of Malt What they say: This is a bottling of Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in 1998 and eventually transferred […]
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