Rosebank 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 61.1% 1981

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Distillery Rosebank
Bottler OB
Serie Rare Malts Selection
Bottled for
Distilled date 1981
Bottling date 04.2004
Country Scotland
Region Lowlands
Age 22
Cask Type
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 61.1
Volume 0,70
Condition In original container
Label Perfect
Stock 0

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The Rosebank 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 61.1% is a whisky that carries the legacy of one of Scotland's lost distilleries, Rosebank. This exceptional expression was distilled in 1981 and bottled in April 2004 as part of the rare malt selection series. It serves as a reminder of the craftsmanship and unique character that Rosebank whiskies were known for.

Rosebank distillery was located in Camelon, situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The distillery's name was derived from the roses that grew along the canal, creating a picturesque setting for whisky production. Its history can be traced back to the early 19th century when James Robertson opened a distillery nearby under the Rosebank name. Although the exact location of this initial distillery is unclear, it laid the foundation for the Rosebank legacy.

Over the years, Rosebank distillery experienced growth and expansion, eventually becoming one of the premier lowland whiskies. However, in 1993, United Distillers made the unfortunate decision to mothball the distillery. The primary reason cited was the need for an expensive upgrade to comply with European effluent treatment standards, which made it economically unviable at the time. Despite its closure, Rosebank distillery retained its historical charm, almost resembling a whisky museum.

The Rosebank 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 61.1% represents a rare gem from the distillery's past. Bottled in 2004, this expression has had ample time to mature and develop its unique character. With a high ABV of 61.1%, it packs a punch, promising a robust and complex flavor profile.

Tasting notes reveal that Rosebank whiskies, including this 22-year-old expression, are known for their association with fruits, grasses, and, notably, flowers. The influence of oak casks is evident, lending a subtle oak flavor to the whisky. The nose is described as light and distinctive, while the flavor is well balanced—a testament to the skill of the distillers who crafted this exceptional whisky.

Renowned whisky writer Michael Jackson once hailed Rosebank as "the finest example of a Lowland malt" and mourned the closure of the distillery as a grievous loss to the whisky world. Jim Murray, in his "Complete Book of Whisky," also holds Rosebank in high regard, ranking it as a superior Lowlander and among the top five Scottish malts.

The Rosebank 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 61.1% stands as a tribute to the lost distillery and the exceptional whiskies it produced. Each sip offers a glimpse into the past, carrying the flavors and aromas that made Rosebank whiskies revered among enthusiasts. It serves as a reminder of the rich heritage of Scotch whisky and the passion of the artisans who created it.

While the original Rosebank distillery may have closed its doors, there is hope on the horizon. In 2017, Ian MacLeod Distillers acquired the Rosebank Whisky trademark and the site from Scottish Canals with the intention of re-establishing Rosebank. Plans are underway to build a new distillery near the original location, aiming for a reopening in late 2023. This news brings excitement to whisky enthusiasts worldwide, eagerly anticipating the revival of Rosebank and the continuation of its storied legacy.

In the meantime, the Rosebank 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 61.1% remains a cherished and sought-after whisky, a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry of Rosebank distillery. It serves as a reminder of the rich history and immense potential that lies within the world of Scotch whisky, capturing the hearts and palates of whisky connoisseurs around the globe.

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