A very rare official bottling of Rosebank, this high-strength 15yo dates from the 1980s (when the distillery was still open) and has a wonderful old-fashioned steely austerity uncharacteristic for such a relatively easy-going spirit. Water reveals a bitter lemon and other tangy citrus notes. A classic of this 'pure' style.
Colour: straw. Nose: very spirity and grassy at first nosing, almost pungent, with just a few notes of lemon zest coming through after two or three minutes. This one is hard to work out… Apple seeds, fresh walnut skin… Gets a little malty and slightly sour like, yes, some freshly squeezed lemons. Gets even smoky (cold smoke). Another Jansenist malt, extremely austere!
Mouth: extremely dry and austere again, dried lemons, grapefruit, with a very nice bitterness and a salty tang. It’s a 'love it or hate it' malt, and an anti-sherry, anti-peat whisky, and for that I think it deserves no less than 85 points.
|Classification||Lowland Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||50.0%/ 75cl|