Rosebank 1993 Cask 433

I’m a lucky guy folks. 10 weeks ago, I received an invite to the official launch of brand-new offerings from Rosebank. Two single cask whiskies initially limited to 100 bottles of each, and only available via an online ballot. All from a distillery that closed its doors over 25 years ago.

A chance to quiz the folks from Ian Macleod Distillers – the distilleries new owners – on their plans for the distilleries rebirth and intentions for the future.

Sadly, for obvious reasons, the launch didn’t go ahead.

Fortunately – for me, anyway – they were able to send out a sample of one of the whiskies to try!

So, here I am, in my humble Gateshead abode about to review a whisky that represents a true milestone in the fortunes of a distillery which is currently being resurrected. Clearly, I’m still a very lucky guy!

Of course, none of this guarantees that I’ll like it. And there’s only one way to find out!

Rosebank 1993 Cask 433

Single Malt


ABV 53.3%

Maturation: Refill Bourbon Hogshead

RRP: £2500 Ballot Ended 

Pale Gold

Light and delicate with soft notes of cream and vanilla, initially. Suggestions of lemon sherbet and orange peel lightly blanket far off hay fields and flowers.

Great balance with the nose – the creamy flavours and textures coating nicely, with the citrus showing through. There is more emphasis on fruits, with involvement of ripe orchard fruit flesh and maybe even some brambles, before a bonding, bitter chocolate fade.

Clings nicely as the underlying oiliness binds and allows white fruit flesh, with supporting sweet spice to linger for a very pleasing medium length.

A classic lowland malt folks! Well executed and excellently balanced whisky, with great texture. It maybe leans slightly to the more robust side of the traditional Lowland profile, with the influence of some hedgerow fruit, and the creamy texture clinging for a reassuringly long time.

In my opinion the folks from Ian Macleod have delivered on this occasion. Now, can they do it with their own spirit?

Only time will tell!

Thanks for popping in everyone!
See you soon.