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Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old Review


19th January 2017

Review of Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old by Murray Cohen.

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old ReviewGordon & MacPhail Rare Old Rosebank 1990 25 Year Old was distilled in 1990, matured in refill sherry hogshead barrels and bottled at 46% ABV in 2015.

Many of the single malt whiskies in Gordon & MacPhail's 'Rare Old' range will never be seen again including this Rosebank 1990. It is from another era, like other Lowland distilleries, Rosebank operated a triple distillation process. It was rebuilt in a modern form in the 1800s and comprised of two ranges of buildings divided by a canal. The distillery closed for ever in 1993.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Colour:  Light gold.

Nose:  Initial caramel fireworks subsequently delivering lovely flowery notes, long stem roses and waves of enticing citrus including blood orange rind.

Taste: Medium to full. This whisky expression explodes on the palate with a three dimensional fruit blast that you can savour. Super creamy with Montreal Orange Julep foam and the awakening of chocolate malt sweetness.

Finish: Medium long. Look for the enhanced fruit cake with cherry cream eruptions continuing the fireworks motif.

Comment: The sherry influence here is Picasso-like, juxtaposing and emphasizing aroma and taste elements.

SMW Score 95.5/100

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