Once considered one of the premier lowland single malt Scotch whiskies, Rosebank distillery was mothballed in 1993. Renowned for producing floral, delicate and elegant expressions, bottlings from Rosebank have subsequently acquired a highly collectable cult status, which has made any new releases highly sought-after. This recent special release was distilled in 1992, a year before the Rosebank distillery closed. Matured in refill American oak casks and bottled in 2014, only a small quantity of this 23-year-old whisky was released on to the market.
Nose: There are floral notes, as is to be expected, but they're of the orange citrus variety here. There's a 'window thrown open (by a meadow)' freshness, lychee, grapefruit, and some faint, gentle spice and malt.
Palate: Grapefruit turkish delight with all the powder, light sponge cake, marshmallow and more delicate but flavoursome floral notes.
Finish: Drying, with some well-measured oakiness becoming prominent for the first time.
Overall: Elegant was the word on everyone's lips at the launch. A classic, slightly fruity, Rosebank.