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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

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Address: Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 013397 42700
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Whiskey delight

A very informative tour with history of the whiskey making process. Our guide Jim had a real passion for the distillery and his enthusiasm to relay the workings and day to day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A very informative tour with history of the whiskey making process. Our guide Jim had a real passion for the distillery and his enthusiasm to relay the workings and day to day operation was first class. The aroma from the different parts of the distillery as the whiskey was being produced is a whiskey drinkers delight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Produces 450,000 litres of Scotch Whiskey annually. 10% single malt, 90% for blends. This is Diageo's smallest Whiskey distillery. A charming, quaint, immaculately maintained property situated in a picture-perfect natural Speyside environment. £7 tour includes a tasting of their 12yr S.M. No kids in the distillery. There is a reading area with kiddie books to leave mum with the younguns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Living locally we thought it was about time we visited this distillery. We were not disappointed. The distillery itself is by their own admission one of the smaller ones but this lets you see everything from close up. The tour was given well and gave a great overview of the process involved. At the end you then get to try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great example of a small distillery creating one brand of good whisky. The tour is detailed and gives you a good understanding of how the whisky is made, finished off with a tasting. Make sure to get the "Classic Malts" passport at the end if you plan on travelling to more distilleries as the passport will give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A fascinating insight into exactly how the distillery works. Very interesting guide who explained the process clearly. The whisky tasting at the end made you appreciate the drink far more having seen the process it goes through! I learned loads & it's now set me & my partner off on the whisky trail...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

14 members of the St Andrew's Friendship Group had the pleasure of visiting this distillery on Saturday 15 August 2015 as part of our 2015 Whisky Tour. Our guide, Annie, made our visit an absolute pleasure - treating us to a very knowledgeable, hospitable and social whisky tour. Of the many distilleries our group has been fortunate enough to visit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We had just visited Balmoral Castle and decided to call into Royal Lochnagar Distillery as we had been doing our own whisky trail. We were blown away by the friendliness of the staff and Erik gave an incredibly entertaining recount of the History of whisky in the area. We finished with some lovely tastings. We left and drove to our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is an excellent way to spend a few hours. How better than to drink such a wonderful whisky. A smooth, mature, beautiful flavoured and "expensive" whisky. The tour was well organised and very well presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I awarded Lochagar four stars even though I think this is just an average (or maybe even below average) distillery experience. Let me explain.. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is located about a mile or so from the Balmoral Castle within the Scottish national park named The Cairngorms. The distillery itself is quite small and at the time of our visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If you want to learn about Scotch, this is the place. We started with the Royal Tour option and it began with a private briefing in library, followed by a tour - no pics allowed - and ended with a private tasting. Very professional.

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