In a nutshell: A smooth, medium bodied and toasty Highland single malt
The lowdown: Royal Lochnagar is just along the road from Balmoral and it's through this connection in Victorian times that it acquired the 'Royal' prefix. The 12 Year Old is quite an enticing whisky with a generous, fruity nose, subtle smoky notes and a palate with flavours of gingerbread and toasty spices. The overall feel is of a smooth creamy character and it finishes with a light honeyed touch which hints of grassiness.
Situated in Deeside and being a long stone's throw from Balmoral the distillery's products camr to the attention of Queen Victoria in the 19th century and their 'Royal' prefix dates back to these times.
It's one of the smallest of Diageo's stable of Scotch Whisky distilleries. By focussing on long ferments and slow distillation their whiskies are characterised by a certain lightness and with most being aged in ex-Sherry butts the finished products generally have quite a fruity background and good mid-palate depth.
A good deal of the output is single malt, but some also goes the the premium Johnnie Walker Blue Label blend.