|Location :||Crathie, Deeside, Ballter, Aberdeenshire, Grampian Region.|
|Region :||Eastern Highland|
|Type :||Single Malt|
Royal Lochnagar Distillery.
Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5TB
Visitor center : Open from 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday all year.
Groups by appointment. Admission charge redeemable in shop.
Phone : 01339-742273
Fax : 01339-742312
(Visitors per year : 35.000) Manager : Alastair Skakles
|Founded :||Built in 1826 by James Robertson and rebuilt in 1845 by John Begg.|
|Owner :||Owned by DCL since 1916, Bought by Dewars. Now owned by United Distillers and is licensed to John Begg Ltd.|
|Producer :||Royal Lochnagar Distillery.|
|Water :||Local springs below Lochnagar|
This is the only Deeside maltwhisky.
Mostly used within blends.
Lochnagar distillery was built in the years around 1826 by a Mr. James Robertson an infamous local illicit distiller, who placed the distillery on the slopes of the mountain Lochnagar from which it took its name.
Distilling wasn't peaceful work at that time, Lochnagar was destroyed by a fire in 1841 reputed the work of rival illicit distillers.
Four years later in 1845 it was taken over by John Begg who rebuilt the still.
The 'Royal' prefix came after a visit and tasting by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848, who stayed at nearby Balmoral.
Source www.bbr.com :
Royal Lochnagar Distillery,Highland
Royal Lochnagar distillery in Highland neighbours the Balmoral estate in beautiful Deeside and was granted a royal warrant following a visit by Queen Victoria in 1848.
“After the royal family acquired nearby Balmoral as their Scottish country home, Queen Victoria developed a taste for this Aberdeenshire whisky. Rich, with flavours of malt loaf, fruit cake and spices.”
(Michael Jackson, Whisky Expert)
Royal Lochnagar is one of the smallest distilleries in Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection and has been rebuilt three times. However, it has preserved its traditional distillery character - with its two pagoda kiln heads – and techniques (including an open mash tun).
The whisky house style is light and delicate with rich malty elements balanced by spice and fruit. The Royal Lochnagar range includes 3 single malt whiskies: a 12-year old (aged in second-fill casks), a Select Reserve (50% sherry casks) and a Distillers Edition