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Rosebank 20 Year old Cadenhead's

An underwhelming Lowlander

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

21st Jul 2012


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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This Rosebank was distilled in 1989 and bottled by Cadenhead’s in June 2009 at an ABV of 52.1%. It was matured exclusively in ex-Bourbon hogsheads.

The nose is very fruity with grapefruits and apples. I also got vanilla and some very distinct grassy notes. All in all this is a rather pleasurable nose, fruity and floral.

The palate is medium-bodied and quite smooth. There is some spiciness that is due to the ABV but it is not overwhelming. With water I get some lemon notes but not more. After the very nice nose this is a bit of a disappointment.

The finish is medium long and dry with more vanilla and some caramel.

I liked this Rosebank but I was far from impressed by it. Let us simply say that I have tasted better ones. While the nose was delightful the palate was rather bland and underwhelming. Given the hefty price tag (about 200 EUR) I would have expected more.

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