Well I went through the Rosebank gauntlet a couple of months ago but here I am again with another Rosebank. Last time through I gave my impressions of the Gordon and Macphail 18 year old and mentioned that it had replaced the now extinct 16 year old. Well, leave it up to my Rosebank fiend buddy Derek to find a bottle of the old 16.
Distilled in 1991
Aged in oak casks for 16 years
Color: Light gold.
Nose: Green apples, basket of light fruits and the distinctive floral tones, hints of spice, straw.
Palate: Very clean, heather, apples, nice malt background, soft at the start with some firm punch at the end.
Finish: Medium, faint cinnamon.
Comments: Nicely balanced, very drinkable. Another nice easy going but flavorful Rosebank. I forgot to snap a picture of the bottle, but will update this post when I do.
Gordon and Macphail Rosebank
This is the replacement for the former 16 year old Rosebank – I had it but failed to take any notes on it. We felt that this would be a good follow up after the Signatory Vintage bottling because the other three were bottled at cask strength. The one odd thing about the labeling is that the front label states it is bottled at 46% but the label on the back states 43%. I thought it felt like 46% but snooping around the internet it appears that 43% is the true value.
Color – Light yellow
Nose – Sugar cookie sweetness, bread dough, heather
Palate – Oak-dryness, the flowers make themselves present, subtle sweetness, big up front but fades away rather quickly
Finish – floral, malty and doughy.
This is another relaxing dram. Something to sit back and enjoy. It is not going to over power you or make you work hard for it.