In the masterclass from Douglas Laing at Whisky Live The Hague I had a chance to taste this lovely Rosebank 21 year old. Distilled in March 1992 and bottled in December 2013 at 53,8%. At cask strength, matured in a refill hogshead, and no coloring added.
Vanilla, raisin, jasmine green tea, bit sharp on the nose, white grapes, soft, sweet, pear and banana. Quite strong at first and makes my nose close up directly. With a bit of water added it becomes more softer and rounder with more sweet fruit notes, vanilla and fruit shake creaminess with banana and peaches.
Beautiful sweet honey fruit combined with the notes of the nose coming back. A light hint of nuts, creamy and freshness.
Medium to long length fruity finish. With some time it becomes more sweet and the bitter subsides a bit, but it still leaves a bit of flower soap feel on the finish.
An 7,5 out of 10. Bit too much green tea & nuts who linger on quite a bit. It is very nice round, fresh, sweet and certainly complex.