Rosebank 8 year old, 40%

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Rosebank 8 year old, 40%

Postby numen » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:40 am

sample from a friend

OB from the 70s

Nose: Light and fruity, and the floral notes one would expect, just well-defined and elegantly beautiful. This strikes me with the complementary layers - first, the light, sweet barley/malty quality. Close behind it is lemon zest in refined vanilla with some spring and summer flowers dropped in. Last, and with some time, red and sweet fruit emerges. Wild strawberries, raspberries, lingonberries, and maybe a peach as well. Really delightful.

Palate: A little punchy, but not aggressive, very well balanced. Some honey notes, oak, vanilla, malt, the pith or more fleshy lemon. Very light smoke and an even smaller amount of coastal salt/sea-spray element.

Finish: Not the longest lasting, and the red fruit quality comes out a little more from retrolfaction at the back of the throat. The palate and finish are nice and elegant, even if a smidge simpler than the nose. This is just beautiful stuff, and maybe benefits from some OBE. Really grand. B+

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