Whisky Focus - Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 Vintage Release One

Rosebank 30 Year Old The First In A Series Of Annual Releases


21st October 2020
Ian Macleod Distillers release Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 Vintage Release One, the first bottling in a series of annual limited edition Rosebank single malt whiskies.

Robbie Hughes with the Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 Vintage Release One

Ian Macleod Distillers today announced the release of the first bottling in a series of annual limited edition Rosebank single malt whiskies which they will be releasing over the next decade in the run up to the release of the first lowland spirit from the 'new' Rosebank distillery which they are currently in the process of constructing in Falkirk, Scotland, on the site of the old Rosebank distillery.

The first whisky in the series, which will be marked 'Release One', is a Rosebank 30 Year Old, the lowland dram was triple distilled in 1990 just 3 years before the distillery closed, it was matured in a combination of 62% refill sherry butts and 38% refill bourbon hogsheads for three decades. Bottled at 48.6% ABV, non chill-filtered and naturally coloured there are 4,350 bottles available worldwide with a RRP of £1,650.

Rosebank is also giving its fans and connoisseurs the chance to get more than just a bottle of the rare whisky. The first 200 people to scan the QR code on the neck collar of their Release One bottle will be given the opportunity to enjoy a dram of Release Two at their nearest high-end, luxury bar or whisky retailer in 2021 as well as the chance to receive an early link to purchase Release Two before the general release. (A list of participating outlets for these customers to choose from will be sent to them in early 2021.)

Robbie Hughes, Group Distillation Manager for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: "The first global release of Rosebank 30 Year Old is a truly iconic moment for the distillery. It has matured in 62% refill sherry butts and 38% refill bourbon hogsheads for decades, patiently waiting to be awoken, and delivers layers of incredible flavour that you won’t find in other whiskies.

"What makes Release One so exciting is that we’re giving Rosebank fans the chance to join us on this monumental journey over the next decade, as we revive the iconic distillery. With a chance to 'bank' exclusive access to next year’s release, we’re not only inviting them to become part of Rosebank's legacy, but to become part of Rosebank's family."

The Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 vintage 'Release One' comes from some of the last remaining maturing stocks of Rosebank whisky which Ian Macleod Distillers acquired in back in October 2017 along with the Rosebank brand ahead of obtaining planning permission in 2019 to reconstruct the distillery which they are currently in the process of doing.

The Rosebank 30 Year Old 'Release One' will initially be available direct from the Rosebank website followed by specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt where you will also find a small selection of rare and increasingly scarce Rosebank bottlings.
 

Rosebank 1990 30 Year Old Review


Bottled at 48.6% ABV, non chill-filtered, naturally coloured.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Soft and creamy with caramel wafer, gooseberry, white grape, almonds, vanilla, honey, lemon, and nutmeg.

Taste: Delicate and crisp, wonderfully balanced, light syrup, chamomile, pear, and delicate tropical fruitiness with pleasing oak spice.

Finish: Soft but long, candied violets, orange, and faint mint.
 

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