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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)
DistilleryRosebank
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameRosebank
Alcohol By Volume57%
Other Detailswhite label, Red letters, Zenith import Italy, 75cl
Issued1980*
Average Score91


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin93
Olivier Humbrecht92
Michel van Meersbergen91
Robert Karlsson84
Konstantin Grigoriadis92
Keith Wood89


Retired Maniac Ratings
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.