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18 Nov 2010

Rosebank 1990 (DL OMC)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Rosebank

A Rosebank distilled in 1990 and matured in a refill butt. Bottled by Douglas Laing in their Old Malt Cask range.



Rosebank 1990 OMC 5082 Rosebank 19 yo 1990 (50%, Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 2009, 444 btl., DL ref. 5082)

Nose: fresh, honey-sprinkled barley. Light, citrusy and floral. Whiffs of pollen and gentle beeswax. Hints of lavender as well (not soapy though). Lovely gooseberry and a few herbal accents to add depth. Enticing. Mouth: sweet and creamy, with generous honey. Fruit marmalade. In a second wave, there are spices (cinnamon, light pepper) and again a waxy edge. Fades to milk chocolate and herbs. Finish: warming hints of spicy oak. Slowly drying.

This Rosebank doesn’t seem 20 years old, it’s very clean and sweet. Maybe not the most complex whisky, but perfectly faultless. Around € 100.

Score: 85/100

Rosebank 1990 (DL OMC) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-11-18

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