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Rosebank 21 year old 1990 (Diageo Special Releases 2011), 53.8%

Price: $261.00 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

2011 saw the first expression of Rosebank appear in Diageo's annual Special Releases series, and just 5,604 bottles are available worldwide. The bottling is comprised of whisky matured in refill American oak and refill European oak casks. Floral and mildly herbal on the nose, with cereal and tropical fruit notes, along with a hint of damp soil. The palate is somewhat tart, with oranges and pepper, while the finish dries to coffee and spicy oak. A lovely example of a much-mourned malt.