26 years old, distilled 14th November 1990, 58.3% abv, Refill Ex-Sauternes Hogshead, 170 bottles
The nose has rose petals, mandarins, white wine and hints of spring blossoms and soft toffee. The mouthfeel is decent - thick with plenty of cling. The body has more of the toffee, mandarins and the little hint of white wine. There's also a hint of exotic wood. The finish is short - toffee and mandarins.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles quickly into brief mottling. The nose gains more of the toffee, and soaked sultanas and glâce cherry. The body gains more toffee, less of the mandarins and plenty of soaked sultanas. The finish is toffee and sultanas.
As it sat it began to move towards tobacco and salted caramel.
This is the world's best expensive air freshener - and I mean no insult in that. A beautiful nose, backed up with a solid and well balanced body. Magnificent.
This was the last cask that the Society had of Rosebank. It delivers classic Rosebank style - a full yet lighter body, with presence and poise. I must admit to being a fan of this closed distillery, but I will happily admit that I have had duff Rosebanks. The maximum score is not because it is old, closed or expensive - it's because it's a great dram. As ever, we despair at the closure of Rosebank.