Tom reviews Rosebank 22 years old 1981

It’s just so enjoyable to read the reviews of past Rosebank Whiskies by true fans. This one comes courtesy of Tom’s Whisky Reviews. Tom reviews the second release in the Rare Malts Selection – Rosebank 1981 22 years old. We too wish we had bought a bottle or three back then in 2004.

Rosebank is the one closed distillery that I have a real bond with, it’s a style of whisky that seriously suits me and my palate, but also my wife’s aunt used to work there so it has a real connection with me. This dram was part of the 2004 rare malts series and has been sent to me by the utterly awesome Franck (@LaCaveDeCobalt) from La Cave De Cobalt for which I will be eternally grateful.

Like many lowland distilleries Rosebank was a triple distilled whisky, giving it a smooth and easy going mouthfeel and brings out more floral notes. Oh this is yummy and just as I expected, 61.1%, so obviously casked at a higher strength than the industry standard 63.5% and it’s got such a lovely sweetness but with a mix of ground white pepper.

This is a fabulous dram and I wish I’d picked up a bottle back in 2004 when it was first released and not at auction for the £300 or so it goes for nowadays.

Nose: And there it is that soft Edinburgh rock and floral gums note that I get with Rosebank, hints of spiced light fruits, melon with ground white pepper, doughy fruit scones.

Palate: Lightly ground white pepper, light sweet syrup, melon and floral gums, Edinburgh rock chalkiness, hints of dried fruits but not like heavy sherried drams just like Demerara sugary coated raisins.

Finish: White pepper spices and floral gums, lasts and lasts.

2018-07-12T17:19:10+00:00July 12th, 2018|Reviews, Whisky|


  1. Luigi Nicoletti October 21, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    How and where can I apply to , be employed in the new distillery ?

    • Rosebank October 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Luigi,

      Thanks for your interest! Our new distillery is set to be open in 2020 at the moment, but you can keep up to date with our progress by signing up to our newsletter – We’ll be sure to announce when we are accepting applications.

      The Rosebank Team

  2. Douglas Buck FRICS July 13, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Alexander Todd & Co Ltd built the new still house in the ‘80s , also a new house for the the Manager (first name Sandy I think) a real character. Our site meetings were great social occasions. George Skilton MD of Abercrombies who installed the new still was also a well known DCL character.

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