Single malt whisky - tasting notes

17 Aug 2011

Rosebank 1991 (Single Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Rosebank

Almost a year since we’ve reviewed a product of The Whisky Exchange, but now they seem to have a couple of new things in the pipeline. First there was a sherried Springbank 1999 and now the new Port Askaig 19yo and this Rosebank 1991 in the revamped Single Malts of Scotland series.

Don’t forget they’re hosting The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in October. I’m sure they’ll surprise us with more interesting releases by then.

 

Rosebank 1991 - Single Malts of ScotlandRosebank 19 yo 1991 (46%, Single Malts of Scotland 2011 cask #311, 285 btl.)

Nose: nicely light and fragrant. Both fresh fruits (apple, citrus) and fruity side notes (lemon scented candles). Elegant with a minty freshness. Tiny mineral hints with overtones of dried flowers and grass. Mouth: a similar light-footed freshness here, with sweet barley, vanilla and apple juice. Evolves on lemon zest, mild notes of grass and pine wood. Liquorice. A soft bitterness in the background. Finish: medium long, with citrus zest, some vanilla sweetness and soft spices from the oak.

Although it doesn’t seem 20 years old, this Rosebank strikes a good balance between a gentle softness, medium complexity and interesting grassy notes. Available from TWE for just under € 90, expect it to show up in other shops as well.

Score: 87/100

Rosebank 1991 (Single Malts of Scotland) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-17

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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