Rosebank 20yo, 1991-2011, SMWS 25.60 "In a secret garden"

ABV: 51.1%
Region: Lowlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Cask type: Ex-bourbon refill barrel (#25.60, 216 btl.)


Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Oh, what a deliciously fragrant nose! A fresh potpourri of yellow fruit, pear, melon, peach, lemon and orange. This is all complemented by sweet and lingering Bourbon vanilla, followed by gentle polished oak, floral notes (maybe roses) and subtle herbs, cinnamon and dark honey. Very complex and extremely delicate.
Palate: Sweet, soft and round on the palate. Pears, peaches, custard and brambles emerge with a slightly touch of malted barley, dark blossom honey, and lingering vanilla. Very fruity and smooth with gentle herbs, floral notes and spicy oak. Superb.
Finish: The medium length finish is sweet and fruity, with lingering vanilla, brambles, spicy pear and slowly fading notes of herbs and nuts.
With water: Water adds some liquorice flavours to the fruity and floral aroma on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and round with more spice and ripe yellow fruit in the background. The finish is a bit shortend.
Comments: A superb whisky, best to enjoy neat. It's like walking around in a secret garden with lots of tropical fruit and flowers. The delicate aroma spectrum from sweet to fruit to spice in this whisky makes it a pure delight. A classic and elegant Rosebank - a really beautiful example of what a lowland is capable of.


I thank Bernd Herrmann for the photograph!