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K and L Wines & AD Rattray Single Cask 27 Year Clynelish

This expression is a joint effort of AD Rattray and K and L Wines. I have had great experiences with AD Rattray so far. Some of my comments about AD Rattray and a little bit of its history are here.  K and L wines, which spirits selection is spear headed by David Driscoll is one of my go to places for whisky.  With David at the helm of the spirits purchasing K and L has been able to offer several great single cask bottlings of whisk(e)y and at an even greater price.  As soon as I caught wind of this release I immediately placed my pre-order – I did not want to miss out!


Distilled: December 15, 1982

Bottled: June 15, 2010

Cask Number: 5873

Cask Type: Bourbon

ABV: 60.1%

Color – pale gold with a hint of orange.

Nose – Bourbon, dusty, cola, orange, the alcohol is very restrained here, sweet malty notes.  It did take some time for the nose to open up.  I let it sit for about 20 minutes, checking it every once in awhile. With water it opens up and is more expressive.  Green apples, honey and floral notes come out now.

Palate – A lot bigger than the nose led on, the alcohol really comes through when neat, malty, a slightly synthetic burnt plastic/rubber note, dark spices, tongue numbing, very restrained when neat though.  Maybe some water will help? With water a lot better.  Spicy, a crisp sweetness, the darker spices and some tobacco leaves start to come through.  That synthetic taste is still there though – can’t quite place what it is.

Finish – Decently dry, sweet

Comments – This is definitely a powerful dram at cask strength.  It is straight forward and not very complex.  I was expecting a little more complexity from this expression given its age.  Still a solid whisky.  Glad I was able to pick up a 27 year old single cask bottling at a great price!

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Part II of the Rosebank Tasting: Gordon and Macphail’s Connoisseurs Choice 1991 Rosebank

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.

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Tasting Notes on Singatory Vintage 15 y/o Rosebank

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.

Signatory Vintage Collection Rosebank

Distilled November 27, 1991
Bottled November 27, 2006
Cask Number 4767 (Bourbon)
43% ABV

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.

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