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Rosebank 1990/2006 / 15 Year old / Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

Perfect aperitif style

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

30th Dec 2018

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From a sample - This Rosebank was distilled in June 1990, matured in a refill sherry hogshead and bottled in April 2006 by Gordon & MacPhail in their “Connoisseurs Choice” series.

The nose is light and fruity with notes of lemon cake, vanilla, and apples. Later on a there is beeswax, followed by a hint of sawdust.

The palate is medium-bodied and quite zesty. Grapefruit flavours now take centre stage, together with notes of apples and fudge.

The finish is short and fruity, with lemons, grapefruits and apples, and turns a bit dry and woody towards the end.

There is no question that this is a high quality distillate, although why G&M decided to bottle their “Connoisseurs Choice” releases at 40% ABV will forever elude me. This is a light and fruity Rosebank, without any rough edges but well balanced. Perfect aperitif style, if you ask me.

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7 comments

@RianC
RianC commented

Thanks for the review @Pierre_W. Never tried a Rosebank but this sounds like a lovely light summer style dram. Also seems like there might be some new bottlings in the offing?

8 months ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Hey @RianC, thanks for reaching out. I am not too sure about any upcoming new Rosebank bottlings. They have gotten rarer and rarer over the past years, making an occasional appearance in Diageo’s special releases. There are plans, however, to reopen the distillery, so maybe that is what you are referring to. I had a number of original Rosebank bottlings over the years, and as I am sure some old hands on connosr like @Victor will be able to confirm, Rosebank has had its ups and downs.

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Pierre_W - Yes the reopening was what I was getting at but I'm not sure if that's happened yet and, if so, how long we'd wait for anything to be put in a bottle?

8 months ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Not too sure about that, @RianC. I keep seeing signals from them on Instagram and Twitter, so the works must be well under way, but difficult to tell how far they have progressed so far.

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@Pierre_W, nice review. I read recently or possibly heard (whiskycast?) that the consortium who is building the new distillery bought all remaining stock from Diageo as part of the acquisition of the name. As far as if any of these bottlings will be of the non super premium direct to auction house variety remains to be seen

8 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@cricklewood - Start holding your breath . . . . . now grin

I did a bit of digging after reading this and it seems they are hoping to get the new stills running by 2019 at the earliest so, old stock apart, it's likely going to be a while.

scotchwhisky.com/magazine/latest-news/…

8 months ago 3Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

Rosebank, Port Ellen and Brora. Scotch whisky Jesus is busy raising ghosts from the dead.

8 months ago 0

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