Rosebank 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
20 Oct 2011 12:25 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1207.84

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Whisky Reviews for Rosebank 1990

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.68 points

  1. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    On the nose, extremely floral and slight grassiness. Confectionaries also flow through from woody sweetness. Vanilla extract is also apparent. Perhaps a little bit of cereal in this as well. All in all, another undeniably elegant and well-balanced nose from Rosebank.

    On the palate, lemonade and vanilla stand out dominates the profile. Elderflower also comes forth and balances out the spiciness that may be the result of a triple distillation. Some fresh-made marmalade can also be detected. Unlike many lowlander, this Rosebank is not overwhelmed by its cask maturation.

    On the finish, medium to long with notes of citrus and pepper. Digestives also flow through towards the end.

    This is a much better Rosebank than the Flora and Fauna 12, but the 25yo Special Release stands to be the best recent Rosebank release.

  2. Glenjasper scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2013]  I had this dram during a Charlie Smith tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  I took no detailed notes.

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very light and flowery. Honeydew melon, tulips, freshly mown grass. Physalis, a touch of grated lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Lemons, apricots, some pepper. Butter biscuits, honey, white chocolate, some coconut. Medium long, semi-dry.

  7. Monsieur Dram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, this Rosebank had everything to please. Unfortunately, it's a little disappointing in the mouth although some aromas are really interesting. In the end, it lacks a bit of complexity but it is still a very good whisky.
    • Nose
      sweet, with hints of apricot yoghurt, vanilla egg cream, chestnut cream but also with a hint of acidity brought by notes of lemon and rhubarb. There is also a more vegetal pan with notes of cut grass, green tea, fresh mint, straw and flowers with Ylang-Ylang and a hint of Rose. A nice mix acidulated / sweet / fruity / flowery, quite typical of what one can expect from a Lowland.
    • Taste
      powerful and explosive but, it is an herbaceous bitterness which is here put forward, to the detriment of the creamy and fruity sweetness that one was entitled to expect. We find green wood, cut grass, tea that has been infused too much, mint, grape seed, wood, elderflower, ylang-ylang, straw. The lemon is always present, accompanied by rhubarb and bitter orange. With the opening, we find more roundness, fruit, sugar, with notes of kiwi and confectionery.
    • Finish
      long and persistent with very intense lemon notes. Vegetable bitterness is in order and it is unfortunately on these notes that will end dramti ...

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    The nose is woody. On the palate there is lemony and sweet oak. The finish is woody again. Overall not bad. It got better the second time. Let's see the third time...

  9. Koloman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The fact that such whisky will not be available in the future almost brings tears to one's eyes ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. bull10298 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Some of the oldest stocks of the lost Lowland classic held by Diageo went into
    this bottling, which comprises spirit matured in both American oak and refill
    European oak casks. The nose is floral, slightly herbal, with pineapple, orange
    and cereal notes, fleeting icing sugar and then damp earth. Slightly tart on the
    palate, with unripe oranges and white pepper. Drying significantly to Java
    coffee and spicy oak in the finish.




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