Old Rhosdhu 1990 (Whisky Blues)

Old Rhosdhu 1990 (Whisky Blues)

Old Rhosdhu is one of the many spirit styles produced at the Loch Lomond distillery. The brand name was last used in 2000, in fact I don’t think I’ve tried this style before. It is bottle by The Whisky Blues.


Old Rhosdhu 28 yo 1990 (49,1%, The Whisky Blues & Placebo Taipei 2019, hogshead #402, 230 btl.)

Nose: dried meadow flowers with vanilla and melons, as well as some waxed papers and maybe a hint of glue which adds to the character. Big malty notes at its core. Subtle peaches and pears. Coconut flakes and hints of aniseed. Very gentle, certainly no attention seeker.

Mouth: the peaches are now joined by yellow plums, bananas and passion fruits. Great surprise. Hints of custard and herbal honey. Subtle resin. Still a malty layer underneath, as well as wood spice (nutmeg, ginger). Fruit tea in the end.

Finish: medium, just a little more of that wood spice now.

An intruiging whisky. Not entirely classic in some respects, but an old-style nose and the tropical fruitiness on the palate made it rise in esteem. A peculiar find, nice. Not sure whether it is still available.