This will be the first of a series of 5 posts on the silent distillery Rosebank. Rosebank was a lowland distillery that was mothballed in 1993 and is usually known for subtle floral notes. They tend to be lighter and more delicate. It is on the other end of the spectrum from Islay malts. My buddy Derek is a Rosebank fiend – he buys bottles as fast as he can find them. I originally rolled over to his house this week to grab dinner but it turned into an in-prompt-to Rosebank tasting. We lined them up in the order we thought would flow best. The first one in line was a 15 year old Signatory Vintage Collection.
Distilled November 27, 1991
Bottled November 27, 2006
Cask Number 4767 (Bourbon)
Color – White wine
Nose – Lots of malt, light powdered sugar, the distinct floral notes, a touch of the bourbon cask comes through too.
Palate – Soft subtle heather, a natural sweetness, oak/bourbon forward but with the floral notes in the background, some bitterness too.
Finish – Oak, a slight wisp of smoke.
This expression exemplifies a good Rosebank. Subtle but at the same time full of flavor. I really liked this one.