I heard the Rosebank 8y whould be worth to sell ones house... I found now a bottle of Rosebank 11y (Gordon & McPhail). My question : Is the G&M Rb11y as good as the Rb8y?
[This message has been edited by Jenny (edited 13 April 2003).]
Rosebank is my favorite lowland distillery and overall one of my favorites. It is sad that it is gone for good (was mothballed a decade ago and demolished recently I hear). So far my favorite bottlings have been a Murry McDavid 1989 11yo and a Signatory 1990 (which I think might have been an 8yo), both from ex-bourbon casks. Both are very, very good. I have some Signatory 1991 Rosebank on order which should arrive by the end of the week (can't wait!). I think you'll enjoy that 11yo.
I wish Gordon and MacPhail would bottle higher generally but with rare lowlanders getting scarce, beggars can't be choosers. I prefer 46%, or even 43% over 40% but what can you do? I have a bottle of G&McP Bladnoch on order right now though my supplier isn't sure he can get it (oh well, at least Bladnoch is up and running again thanks to Raymond). Thought I had a line on some Sig Bladnoch but was already sold out.
Rosebank is definitely one of the greatest Lowlanders. I had one from The Ultimate, an Independent bottled by Signatory.
The best ones I tasted were the Rare Malt expressions, both the 19y and 20y are excellent.
I'm just a bit afraid of G&M since a friend of mine bought a disappointing G&M Port Ellen 1981. It tasted too different from other Port Ellens of similar age. Maybe it has something to do with the 40% abv. (Any other possiblity is speculation, since I have no opportunity to check these possibilities myself.)
Signatory has a lot of different Rosebanks with a 'normal' 43% abv. Maybe they also have a Rosebank in the un-chillfiltered collection (at 46% abv) or the 'Straight from the cask' series, I expect that would be a great experience.
Murray McDavid is according to their standard un-chillfiltered and bottled at 46% abv.
Harry, maybe you like the 46% most, because that is the lowest % to bottle un-chillfiltered (like the MM)? If so, then it seems to confirm the thought that without chillfiltering you stay as close to the natural taste as you can.
Even with filtered, coloured whiskies, I find 43% works better than 40%. 3% or 6% shouldn't make a difference but for some reason it is there. I don't know if it is just the philosophy that goes along with 40% (squeeze a few more bottles out of a cask) carrying over into other factors or what but I can tell. I only buy whiskies I can enjoy without water so I don't buy a lot of young, cask strength scotch as many are just too hot (I find I ruin my whiskies with water before finding the right balance so neat is preferred).
With lowlanders I don't mind the 40% so much but I don't know if that is due to their lighter character; their fragrant, sometimes spirity nose; or just the fact that good ones are hard to find in any strength and thus I settle for what I can get.
Even with filtered, coloured whiskies, I find 43% works better than 40%. 3% or 6% shouldn't make a difference but for some reason it is there.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I agree, the difference can be striking ... although I don't really mind the philosophy behind the 40% ... the problem with a lower abv is that you don't decide how the whisky is complemented by water, whereas with for example aberlour a'bunadh (which is 60.2%) I can decide just how much water goes in ... once a whisky is down to 40%, I don't like to add water anymore, or it loses an aspect to me ...
Rosebank (Flora & Fauna) 12 J. 43% 59,00 €
Rosebank 1981/2002 (Rare Malt) 20 J. 62,3% # 99,90 €
Rosebank 1983/1995 (Sig.) 43% * # 79,00 €
Rosebank 1989/1999 (BL) 59% # 61,00 €
Rosebank 1989/1999 (Cad.) 58,6% * # 59,90 €
Rosebank 1989/2002 (Conn.) 40% 49,90 €
Rosebank 1989/2002 (Celtic Etikett) 60,6% * # 41,90 €
Rosebank 1990/2001 (MM) 46% * # 48,50 €
Rosebank 1990/1997 (Milroy's) 60% * # 62,00 €
Rosebank 1990/2003 (Celtic Etikett) 57% # 42,50 € NEU!
Rosebank 1990/1999 (Millenium-Label; 1,5L-Flasche) (Sig.) 43% * # 88,00 €
Rosebank 1991/2002 Chieftain's (sherry wood finish) (MacLeod) 43% # 39,90 €
Rosebank 1991/2003 (Sig.) 43% #
The distillery is definitely gone. .<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
So the buildings behind the beefeater are demollished finally? 4 years ago there was still the vessel which held the condensor tube visible, and the warehouses also. I'm glad I still have my photos and memories.
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