Rosebank 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release 2011
Stated Age
21 years old
Refill American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
31 Oct 2011 10:20 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1225.40

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28 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rosebank 1990

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a dram on a tasting evening by Diageo. 88/89.
    • Nose
      Honey, apple, vanilla, banana and peach.
    • Taste
      Honey, green apple, lime, caramel and vanilla sugar. With water a little grassy touch.
    • Finish
      Green apple, honey, caramel and almond.

  2. lophivan scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Nose: fresh floral notes up front with intense syrupy sweetness at the background. Floral notes are extra pronounced with water with transition towards cream cake flavour

    Floral —> vanilla caramel —> bourbon syrup
    With water: more intense flavors with a more mellow and smooth transition
    Floral —> cupcake vanilla —> syrup

    Long finish with bourbon sweetness and floral notes

  3. AgentMunky scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Soft gold and perfectly clear.

    10 Nose: I never want to smell anything that is not this. Spicy lemon zest, lavender petals, vanilla, white pepper. Alcohol is evident, but airy, light, and not at all opppressive.

    9.5 Taste: (Justin--It was worth every penny; Ben--It tastes like angels fucking) So bright, so spicy, so sharp. A vanilla-floral base completely supports the topnotes of citrus, light-light malt (almost like rye), and cracked pepper. Water softens the blow and heightens the vanilla while maintaining and accentuating the spicy body.

    9 Mouthfeel: So strong that it evaporates off the tongue. Oily.

    O: Overall, one of the all-time greatest whiskies I've ever tasted.
    • Nose
      95 95
      9.5 // 9
    • Taste
      100 100
      9 // 10
    • Finish
      100 100
      10 // 9

  4. 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 ...

  5. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color :
    Straw yellow. Smell :
    A very delicate, floral, fresh and mild whisky with tones of earthy tones, wet clay, grass, lemon oil, sourdough, flowers, violets, roses, a hint of lavender, soft sherry, acacia honey, almond, green walnut, fresh herbs, dill, mint, hint to chives ?, a hint to putty, barley sugars, honey, orange, mandarin peel, fennel, white wine, ripe peaches, cardboard, candied lemon, hint to liquorice, vanilla, a hint to coumarin, good apple and Jasmin tea
    A very delicate and refined whisky that takes a lot of time in the glass to give its flavors price. A small drop of water can help to release the aromas. When the aromas come loose it remains very delicate but has a certain depth, finesse and layering that makes it very interesting. The high alcohol percentage can not be noticed by the smell. Taste :
    A powerful, rich, oily, round, balanced and complex whisky with notes of liquorice, ripe kiwi, papaya, a hint of mango, lemon oil, lemon juice, soft sweet sherry, a hint of raisins, cookie dough, violets, angelica, soft salty, sea ​​breeze, icing sugar, lemon sweets, soft ginger, white pepper, soft bitterness, slightly drying, grass, roasted oak, Tahitian vanilla, cereals, barley sugars, a hint of spearmint, fresh bay leaves and licorice.
    A very interesting whisky that is strong (natural solidified of 53.8%) but keeps the alcohol in check. There is a nice layering in this whisky that, surprisingly, tastes deeper, more layered and complex than you would expect. Give him some time during tasting because the initial aalcol hit can numb your tongue and taste buds. Let him roll quietly through your mouth to be able to perceive all tastes. A very nice whisky! Finish :
    The finish is medium to long, slightly drying and oily with notes of soft bitter oak, salt, citrus, lemon oil, a hint of sherry and some white chocolate. I must say that I find this subtle whisky very interesting and he has more to offer than you might suspect. There is a nice structure in the aromas and with some water the fruity and floral tones are accentuated even more. And then the rarity: a closed distillery in a limited edition. Yes, you pay the main prize for that. The price-quality ratio is therefore totally out of balance. Beautiful whisky but I certainly will not buy it! Rating :
    89.5 / 100

  6. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A limited edition, natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Distilled in 1990 at the now-closed Lowland distillery, Rosebank. From some of the oldest stocks now held by the original distillers. From refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks.

    Only 5,604 numbered bottles worldwide.



  7. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Distillers Tasting Notes:

    COLOR: Pale gold. Moderate beading, very clear.

    NOSE: Mild nose-feel. The soft start is soon balanced by a crisp, juicy fruit sharpness (tropical fruits, orange and tangerine peel) and sweetness (fruit sweets). Below this the sweet fruit gives way to a more delicate earthy, even floral character: lily and English rose. Water makes the aromas softer; sweet lemon fondant replaces the earthiness. Late green apple fruit and floral notes; ripe peaches in a brown paper bag.

    BODY: Light.

    PALATE: At natural strength, tingling mouth-feel and good acidity; fresh, clean and drying. Mineral and tart (ripe plum skins) with faint menthol, then pleasingly charred with light pepper. Beautifully silky with a little water, when a very soft floral sweetness emerges (fruit salad and orange water) before the lemony acidity asserts itself.

    FINISH: Short and drying, with just an appetising hint of bitterness. Later, some red grape fruit. Softer, more gentle and rounded with water. Finally, a little late cocoa dryness.




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