Described as a "grievous loss" by Michael Jackson, the triple-distilled Rosebank is regarded by many as the best of the Lowland single malts. Closed in 1993, its site on the Forth & Clyde canal and relatively low production levels meant that it did not compare favourably with the much larger and picturesque Glenkinchie. It has been mourned by whisky aficionados ever since who miss its floral and aromatic style.
Another lamp stand with whisky inside ;-)… It’s not impossible that it was the same whisky as the 15yo ‘white label’ from the same era.
Colour: straw. Nose: this time it’s almost only lime and grapefruit plus a very big waxiness, between straight paraffin, fresh walnuts and chalk. Then loads of grass and hay.
Great nose for sure but I’m not sure it’s got the 1975’s rich yet sharp fruitiness. With water: hmm, it’s rather a mineral, almost ‘aspiriny’ profile that emerges. Also a little baking powder.
Mouth (neat): pure lemon liqueur now. Perfect tartness, the whole being extremely nervous and ‘sharp’. With water: it becomes rather less fruity and rather more mineral and grassy yet again. Also grapefruits. The whole is very austere I must say.
Finish: long, grassy, lemony and a little chalky. Comments: rather simpler and certainly even more austere than the 1975 but the quality is high. Besides, buy this baby at auctions and you’ve got a nice free lamp stand fro your own English lounge ;-).
SGP: 551 – 86 points
|Classification||Lowland Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||50.0%/ 75cl|
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