All of the Old Rhosdhu bottlings I’ve tried so far were decidedly off-centre. Their quirkiness and inconsistency is what makes them interesting.
Old Rhosdhu 29 yo 1993 (50,8%, The Roots 2022, hogshead, 223 btl.)
Nose: first impression is mostly on hay, leaves and wildflowers. Then wee hints of marzipan as well as some metallic hints. There’s a warm (and always slightly funky) fruitiness in the background (guava, lime and banana), but it’s hidden behind greasy notes and dusty hessian sacks.
Mouth: same mix of attractive sweet and fruity notes (more bananas, white grapes, lime and mixed fruit drops) with herbal notes and a light grassy astringency. Nice oily notes, as well as a drop of honey. Then hay, metal tools, hints of mustard and walnuts. Becomes greener and spicier over time. Grapefruit skin and green almonds towards the end.
Finish: not too long, leafy with a firm mineral side and some gingery notes.
As I said before: a demanding profile, which is exactly what we need sometimes. A peculiar, unique style, and this is one of the cleaner expressions I’ve had. Around € 320. Now available from the usual distributors.