|Keith Wood||Nose: A bouquet of flowers sitting on a bale of fresh hay in the middle of a peat bog. Yes, the flowers and hay are there, but the nose is also surprisingly peaty. Can this be a Lowlander, a Rosebank with this much peat?
- Palate: Rather strong flora, but again surprisingly peaty!
- With 3 drops of water: The peat has left the nose and just the floral elements remain.
- Palate: But the peat hasn't left completely! With the water this is now very smooth and slightly more peaty on the palate.
- 3 More drops of water: Even smoother and even more peaty, but the typical Rosebank floral attributes are there in the background.
- Overall Impression: I was really looking forward to this one and was not disappointed. These old Rosebanks are excellent whiskies and are also surprisingly peaty. Not 'in yer face' Islay-like, but gently smooth peat which grows and shows its presence in a slightly more subtle way. Then, behind that gentle peat, this is still a Lowland whisky with light floral notes which make it a very pleasurable experience. |