To celebrate World Whisky Day I’m cracking open this Royal Eagle Whisky – kindly bought for me at a local Spar shop in Lagos, Nigeria, by my African correspondent.
The label states “A fine blend of Scotch Whisky and the Purest Quality Spirit”.
Voltic Nigeria are the producers.
They are/were a subsidiary of SABmiller – originally founded in South Africa with an HQ in the UK – who in turn were bought up by the giant Brazilian-Belgian conglomerate of AB InBev.
A more globally connected brand would be hard to find.
The image on the attractive bottle is rather striking – an imposing gothic eagle – which bears a resemblance to that in the Nigerian Coat Of Arms – and lends a degree of localisation to the brand.
It’s presented at 42.8% Nigerian strength – with added caramel.
For this style of whisky – it’s quite light in colour.
There’s that intense caramelly nose – a sweet graininess & a hint of smoke.
The palate is pleasantly smooth. A rich mouthfeel – a touch of biscuity malt & a faint burnt note to add character.
The finish is like gently glowing embers slowly fading.
I’m glad this Eagle flew over to me!