Prince Charles’ Lochnagar whisky to go on sale

Whisky fans will have the chance to purchase one of 184 bottles of Prince Charles’ 1988 Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch through an online ballot at the end of this month.

This 30-year-old Royal Lochnagar Scotch whisky is the brand’s oldest single cask bottling

There are 206 individually numbered bottles to “ensure demand is managed fairly”. Of these, 184 bottles will be available through The Whisky Exchange ballot from 31 December.

Once the ballot has closed, another bottle will be auctioned, one will be placed in the Diageo Archive, and the remaining 20 will be retained by The Prince’s Foundation – Prince Charles’ charity – for further fundraising.

Limited to 184 bottles, the 1988 Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky will be available through a ballot on The Whisky Exchange from 31 December.

Sukhinder Singh, co-founder of The Whisky Exchange, said: “This whisky encompasses the full character of Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky, and it lingers beautifully, developing subtle flavours on the palate.

“The Whisky Exchange is honoured to help sell this special bottling to raise funds for The Prince’s Foundation.”

Prince Charles visited the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in October, where he was presented with the 30-year-old cask of single malt Scotch whisky – which will be the brand’s oldest single cask bottling to date. He donated the cask to be bottled and sold, with proceeds earmarked for his charity.

The cask was presented to His Royal Highness to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to the distillery by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848.

The 1988 Royal Lochnagar Scotch whisky was bottled on Prince Charles’ 70th birthday on 14 November 2018.

Matured in an American oak hogshead cask, the whisky is said to have notes of cereal, vanilla, pear and marzipan on the nose. The palate is described as “creamy with a delicate sweetness, blackcurrant, walnut and coconut flavours”.

Royal Lochnagar distillery manager Sean Phillips added: “We are delighted to have welcomed His Royal Highness back to Royal Lochnagar Distillery recently and are particularly pleased that this special whisky will support the work of The Prince’s Foundation at The Carriage, at Ballater Station on Royal Deeside, which is so important to Royal Lochnagar and our people who live and work here.”

Each bottle in the ballot will be priced at £1,470 (US$1,876). The ballot will be live until 27 January 2019.

Those interested in entering the ballot can register on

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