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Rosebank 20yo

(57%, OB, white label, Red letters, Zenith import Italy, 75cl)
Average Score: 91
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameRosebank
Alcohol By Volume57%
Other Detailswhite label, Red letters, Zenith import Italy, 75cl
Average Score91

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin93
Olivier Humbrecht92
Robert Karlsson84
Konstantin Grigoriadis92
Keith Wood89

Retired Maniac Ratings
Michel van Meersbergen91
Bert Bruyneel93
Luc Timmermans93

Tasting Notes
Keith WoodNose: 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.