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Prima & Ultima Royal Lochnagar 40 year old 1981, 52.5%

Price: $6,000 (or £36,500/set) Issue: Fall 2022 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick




This wraps up a whisky experiment designed to curb the angels' share. An elegant nose of fresh florals, honeysuckle, linen, fine spices, clotted cream on scones, blossom honey, soft oak, and lemon zest. The balance of sweet fruitiness and Lochnagar's spiciness is delicious, with flavors of crème caramel, creamy banana, and a final phase of honey, vanilla custard, and white chocolate. This rocks, but gently. (1,047 bottles)