Rosebank 19 – Single Malts of Scotland

Yesterday a big but almost weightless box arrived in the mail. I couldn’t remember ordering any bottles, but I have been known to overlook things. Those usually make for nice surprises…

These were a couple of samples from the Whisky Exchange of one recently released Rosebank, and a yet to be released Port Askaig ‘Harbour’. I couldn’t really wait, but I also had a couple of samples in from Master of Malt recently, so I decided to do a bit of both…

Reviews to the other drams will pop-up soon, but here goes the Rosebank.

Nose:
Straw and dried flowers, although its not pot-pourri-ish. A little sharp, but that has to do with the gentle flavours. There is a certain bourbon cask influence, or something that tastes like it at least. Not overly big on vanilla and coconut, but both are present. Buttercups too?

Taste:
Very smooth and gentle. Quite some vanilla, more than I expected, but I’m not afraid of vanilla. There’s also a light kind of cereal flavour here.

Finish:
The finish is quite long and smooth. Vanilla, flowers, straw.

This is a damn fine Rosebank. Over the last couple of years I had gotten less and less charmed by not-cask-strength Rosebanks so I was a bit afraid this would be too watered down as well. Luckily, it handles it very well. One of the smoothest ones I’ve recently tasted but it made me understand my love for Rosebank again! Goody, and I believe already gone from the Whisky Exchange. Well, they don’t show up in the search results…

Rosebank 19, 46%, 1991, Single Malts of Scotland, about €85 at the Whisky Exchange.

Nose: 9
Taste: 8
Finish: 8
Overal experience: 9
Price/quality: +2

Total: 36 points

5 stars

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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3 Responses to Rosebank 19 – Single Malts of Scotland

  1. If you go into the new products page on TWE you can still find it listed for sale. I believe stock is currently very low however.

  2. For some strange reasion I really didn’t like this one. The gentleness was so pronounced that I found it lacking that special something. It’s always interesting to see how personal tastes can differ.

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