THE DUKE OF ROTHESAY WILL VISIT THE ROYAL LOCHNAGAR DISTILLERY. CRATHIE, BALLATER, ABERDEENSHIRE
TUESDAY, 16TH OCTOBER 2018
His Royal Highness will visit Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Crathie, Ballater, AB35 5TB. During the visit, HRH will meet operators at the distillery before touring the warehouse.
The distillery opened as New Lochnagar in 1845 (named after the nearby Munro), and was renamed Royal Lochnagar following a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848. Royal Lochnagar is the smallest of Diageo’s 29 Scotch whisky distilleries and retains traditional methods of manual production. The visitor centre for the appreciation of Single Malt Scotch Whisky attracts over 20,000 people each year.
In 1988, a cask of Royal Lochnagar Single Malt Whisky was laid down for His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit. On Tuesday, 16th October HRH will have the opportunity to taste the whisky as a 30 year old, the age at which it will be bottled on The Duke’s 70th birthday, 14th November 2018.
Bottles from the cask, bearing The Duke of Rothesay arms, will be released for sale by ballot from The Whisky Exchange later this year. All proceeds will be donated to The Prince’s Foundation in support of The Carriage at Ballater Station. Royal Lochnagar Distillery will provide Scotch whisky training for the students at The Carriage when the Get Into Hospitality programme is up and running.
The Duke will also be invited to fill a new cask at the distillery to support His Royal Highness’s future charitable activity.
The Duke of Rothesay last visited Royal Lochnagar to celebrate significant anniversaries in 1995 and 1998.