Rosebank 1991 – Gordon & MacPhail

Another Rosebank review, just before I finish the bottle! That’s probably tonight, since there’s about one glass left in it. I bought the bottle about two years ago, more or less random at a moment I felt like buying a bottle. That sounds about as decadent as it is…

Rosebank 1991More coconut than I’m used to in Rosebank and more than I remember this one having too. Also a fruit and spices mix that’s typical for an American oak cask with banana and vanilla cream. Some cookie dough. Also typical for American oak, if you take a very long and deep sniff above the glass you get some cleaning spray eventually.

It starts of with a rather sharp edge, but that disappears quickly. Some green pepper corns, a little dry and quite a lot of wood, also a little green. Some straw but this all appears with a little greasy thick edge.

The finish is light, quite long and a bit dry. It reminds me of sugary coconut biscuits.

A whisky that I’m not sure I like all to much. The strange thing is, it’s very tasty, and all flavours are pretty nice, but it’s not a typical Rosebank as I’m used to it. The gentle grassy and floral notes are suppressed by the cask’s influence. So, something that’s very tasty but in a different way than you’d expect?

Rosebank 16, 03-07-1991 – 05-2008, Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, Cask # 2095, 54.4%, about € 80 at Passie voor Whisky.

4 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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