Royal Lochnagar 1994 Casks of Distinction 26 Year Old #1289 / Scottish Ballet
Royal Lochnagar is so-called after it was bestowed with a Royal Warrant by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria following a visit in 1848. The popularity of the distillery’s Begg’s blend saw it acquired by John Dewar & Sons in 1916, who later became part of DCL, upping the demand for its whisky from other blenders in their portfolio, including Johnnie Walker. Today it is part of Diageo, their smallest distillery by some margin, making the modest amount of its single malt spared for bottling increasingly sought after.
This Royal Lochnagar has been bottled as part of Diageo's Casks of Distinction programme, a selection of individual casks of rare and exceptional single malt Scotch whisky. Each Cask of Distinction is chosen on the basis of their quality, representing the most exceptional and singular expression of the distillery’s character.
European oak cask #1289 was laid down in 1994 at the instigation of Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden, who was Chair of United Distillers at the time, as well as and Vice Chair of Scottish Ballet. The Scottish artist, Norman Edgar, was commissioned to paint the cask end portraying Scottish Ballet Principal dancer, Nicci Theis, in the iconic role of Princess Aurora, the sleeping beauty. A donation with a difference, this was an investment in the future of Scotland’s national dance company and twenty-six years later the cask was bottled and sold in an exclusive auction here at Whisky Auctioneer in September 2021.
One of 503 bottles.
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