Colour: white wine.
Nose: well, this is the opposite of the 1990. It’s maybe quite as austere as the latter but the general profile is much cleaner, yet complex and rich, ranging from superb mineral notes to lemon and orange marmalades. Notes of lemon balm, fresh ginger, cardamom. Back to lemon after that (fresh juice). Great Rosebank that reminds me of some much older bottlings on the nose (the old official 20 CS for example).
Mouth: creamy, zesty, superbly lemony and spicy. Unusual spices that is, with quite some cardamom again, fresh pepper, even something that may taste like truffles (or maybe not…), ginger and lemon marmalade… It’s a tad richer than a ‘usual’ Rosebank in fact.
Finish: very long, very lemony and very spicy, remaining very warming.
Comments: oops, even forgot to add water. A great Rosebank, rich, powerful and balanced, that reminds us that Lowlanders and Campbeltowners were sometimes considered as displaying the same profiles. Indeed, this one reminds me a bit of Springbank. Almost made it to 90. SGP:551 – 89 points.
Nose: Marmalade and orange blossom at first, then pear & spicy pineapple, plum duff. Spice-wise, we have ginger, clove and a peppery edge. Some dry hay, then pleasant pot-pourri and earthy notes which become more prominent with water, whence they are joined by a not unpleasant tweediness.
Palate: Medium-full (heavier than I expected) with gorgeous dried orange peel and other sweet orangey flavours dominating, though underpinned by the other flavours from the nose, with heather and a healthy dash of peppery spices. Impressive intensity and staying power. Luscious texture and weight. Becomes herby and honeyed with water.
Finish: Long, warming and spicy.
Comment: I've enjoyed all of our Rosebank bottlings, but for me this is probably the best we've done. Water doesn't spoil it, but it's best as Nature intended. A hugely enjoyable dram.