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Rosebank 20-year-old

Overall rating
91.95/100
votes
42
Whiskybase ID
WB3453
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unblended Single Malt
Bottled
1980
Stated Age
20 years old
Number of bottles
2580
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Zenith Import
Market
it Italy
Added on
31 Aug 2008 12:53 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2559.51

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42 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Rosebank 20-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.95 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    According to Immanuel Dron's book this Rosebank was bottled in 1987 (not in 1980). But who cares? Again a fantastic Rosebank from the old days.
    • Nose
      Starts flowery with hay, camomile and camphor. Cut grass. Followed by fruity sweetness of yellow apples and conference pears. Juniper berries? Some melon as well. Whiff of menthol.
    • Taste
      Quite big and waxy for a Lowlander. Lots of tropical fruit now; papaya, pineapple and mango. Very sappy and chewy. Barley sugar and hints of toasted almonds. Later on some white chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Peppery. White grapes. Malty flourish with a hint of dry oak. Pine at the end.

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Superb Rosebank, with a very successful Lowland profile.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A nose that starts on the hay, a sunset over a wheat field.
      There is a slight sweetness, which comes from the cereal, but also from the fruit, where everything mixes perfectly.
      Lemon financier, juicy Golden apple, light pineapple.
      Light white flower, elderflower.
    • Taste
      91 91
      On the palate, the attack is more floral than on the nose, while retaining this beautiful sweetness to avoid making these disgusting notes. Rose, elderflower, lilac.
      Then the fruit takes over, with pineapple, lemon zest, pear.
      The barley then arrives, comforting, with a little fresh almond, corn flakes, butter.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is long, buttery, on the lemon financier, varnished wood, white pepper, and a light herbaceous peat.
      Lemon candy aromas are kept in the mouth for a long time.

      The empty glass is definitely peaty.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I never thought any Rosebank would top the 1975 silver seal 30 year 54.8% but this does and must be the Daddy of all of all Rosebanks, surely?
    Well only 2 OB to go so we will soon see.
    This is a real heavyweight, glorious end of.
    • Nose
      93 93
      That is one nice nose for sure, it smells like a bag of fruit gummy bears of the white, green and yellow fruit gums.
      After 5 minutes there is the trademark Rosy cereal note but there is a slight paraffin note which adds to the overall profile.
      This is one crisp, clean and fresh nose.
    • Taste
      94 94
      This a Rosebank on steroids, peat, spice, cream and something earthy?
      The fruit gum notes the nose hinted at are all here with bags of spice and some peat which surprises me.
      This has white pepper mixing with a little peat but then the top layer of fruit really adds to the complexity.
      Great balance
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, spicy and a little peat which holds onto your tongue and does not let it go.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 2263 that I bought for 250 Euro in December, 2004.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 this 92,5.  My notes simply state "saulecker!"  (extremely delicious).  Dangerously quaffable, one of my favourites of all times!

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this during the 10th Anniversary Tasting of MaRa at Limburg.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 92,5. 
    My
    notes state a shy nose on citrus aromas and a little bit smoke.  The taste is rich with significantly more smoke and some salt.  Wiith water added it gets sweeter and more peppery.The line-up of this evening was stunning if not decadent (again):

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90570/sennachie-30-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9423/macallan-1936-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17011/highland-park-19-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/425/brora-1st-release
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20062/glenrothes-1966-wm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3453/rosebank-20-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14595/springbank-1973-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/76458/bowmore-bicentenaryGuess what, I enjoyed this evening very much (thanks for that, Roland & Carsten!)...

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This was the result of a H2H of 9 Rosebanks, all between good to excellent score wise, a very enjoyable evening.
    All of them were cask strength except the 8 year unblended which more than held it's own in this company.
    1st place goes to the 20 year Zenith Import and the 25 year with the 2007 Special Release a close 2nd, both of these are officially distillery bottles.

    OB - 20 year 1987 Zenith Import 57% - wb id 3453 - 93/94/94 - 94p average
    OB - 25 year 1981 25 61.4% 2007 Special Release wb id 632 - 93/93/94 - 93p average
    IB - 27 year 1976 Signatory cask 2702 56.7 - wb id 4205 - 90/92/94 - 92p average
    IB - 30 year 1989 GM cask 2561 55% wb id 146504 - 92/91/93 - 92p average
    IB - 30 year 1974 DL, The Whisky Fair 55.8% wb id 2315 - 93/92/91 - 92p average
    IB - 30 year 1975 Silver Seal Sestante 54.8% - wb id 16579 -92/92/91 - 92p average
    OB - 20 year 1981 Rare Malts 62.3 - wb id 248- 89/91/90 - 90p average
    IB - 25 year 1991 Cadenhead 175th Anniversary 50.5% wb id 96450 - 91/90/90 - 90p average
    OB - 8 year unblended mini 40% wb id 8816 - 87/89/88 - 88p average

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    chalk, herbs, toffee, candied citrus, hay, pear, pineapple, spices, menthol, complex and powerful, brilliant

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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