Review 659: Rosebank 1991 14 Year

A nice change to taste a older Ultimate expression of Rosebank. This was part of a line-up for the 10th anniversary for drankenspeciaalzaak ‘Bij Thijs’ with very special old and rare whisky’s. Thank you Thijs for sharing this!!

Lets find out how it performs in my glass.

What they write about it:

Well nothing actually, there is no history kept on the site (only the minimal bottle data) alas, no description.

Destilleerderij:Rosebank Distillery
Regio:Lowlands
Plaats:Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Eigenaar:Diageo (sinds 1914)
Opgericht:1871
Status:Gesloten (1993)
Water Bron:Carrow Valley Reservoir
Aantal Stills:1 Wash stills
2 Spirit stills
Capaciteit:Onbekend

Expression:Rosebank 1991 14 Year
Category:Single malt
Bottled by:Van Wees - The Ultimate
Age:14 Year
ABV (% Alc):46%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:27-11-1991
Bottle date:17-03-2006
Vintage:1991
Maturation:Bourbon Barrel
Cask number:4749
Bottle number:267 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
White wine

Smell:
A subtle, fresh, floral and citrus driven whisky with aromas of lime, lemon peels, tangerine, fresh flowers (buttercups, daisies), Manuka honey, subtle spices (ginger, allspice, cinnamon), hint of white pepper, old books, orange blossom water, cardboard, metallic tones, soapy tones and a slight hint of wood sap.

Taste:
a subtle, sweet and herbal whisky with aromas of honey, white pepper, candied lime peels, orange peels, ginger, icing sugar, bayleaf, liquorice root, hint of cold mint tea, quite a sharp alcohol note and Birch wood sap.

Finish:
A medium and peppery finish with aromas of bayleaf, pepper, citrus, honey, hint of oak and a long lasting metallic tone.

Conclusion:
This does not fit my reference for what Rosebank can be. The floral and citric tones are there but I mis depth and complexity that good expressions of this distillery have to offer. There are quite some off-notes like the alcohol punch (yep, even at “only” 46%), soap (almost like an Edradour has it) and the long lasting and sometimes overpowering metallic tone. The cast seems to be depleted of any pleasing aromas.
All in all not the Rosebank quality I come to expect and therefore not my cup of tea.

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?