Four Lovely Lowland Drams

Rosebank 1990 Cask 505 (Signatory Vintage) I'm always looking for new and interesting drams to try, and despite having a bit of a backlog of samples and shares to get through this set of drams jumped straight to the front of the queue.

A recent auction purchase from Whisky Auctioneer, this set of 4 lowland drams drew my attention immediately due to the Rosebank in the set, and having a St Magdalenes just made it really interesting.

A really interesting set of drams for what turned out to be just over £45 (including winning bid, auction fees and delivery) and using my "how much would these cost to try in a bar" this was a no brainer to buy and drink this set of drams.

So how did I rank them, well it's difficult to split the Rosebank and the St Magdalenes, although for me the Rosebank just pipped it to the post, the Glenkinchie was next on the list, then the Auchentoshan bringing up the rear, not because it wasn't any good, it's just the others were better.

This was a really interesting way of trying some drams from the past, and i'd highly recommend scouring the auction sites for rare and interesting, and well priced, drams to try like this.


Auchentoshan 10 Year Old (1990s)

Auchentoshan 10 Year Old (1990s) When i was hunting the Whisky Auctions for something interesting and found this set of four miniatures, with this Auchentoshan 10 Year Old likely from the 1990s or early 2000s a part of it.

I've got a soft spot for Auchentoshan and do really enjoy drinking it, so an example of an old bottling was something i was really interested in.

Tastes quite modern in comparison to the other drams in this set, very familiar flavour profile would lead me to say Auchentoshan hasn't changed too much over the years. This was ranked 4th in my list of these 4 drams, but not as it isn't any good but because it was the least different, unusual, and "old" this really didn't come across as something from years ago, but more of something that could have been produced today.

To find drams like this you will want to look at Auction houses like Whisky Auctioneer or specialist retailers like Hard To Find Whisky where you might be able to find some old and rare minis.

 

A cursory sniff gives huge baked goods notes first, Belgian Buns especially, then as you dive deeper there's a dried fruit note with dried apricot and Demerara heavy fruit cake, a hint of nuttiness and spice

Very familiar and comforting sweet fresh fruits and fruit salad, a touch of honey and nutmeg wood and spice,

Fruit salad honey and nutmeg

Bottle Name: Auchentoshan 10 Year Old (1990s)
Age: 10
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Auchentoshan
Bottler: Auchentoshan
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland


Glenkinchie 10 Year Old (1990s)

Glenkinchie 10 Year Old (1990s) When i was hunting the Whisky Auctions for something interesting and found this set of four miniatures, with this Glenkinchie 10 Year Old likely from the 1990s or early 2000s a part of it.

Glenkinchie would probably be my local distillery now, although Auchentoshan isn't much further, and i've had a few interesting Glenkinchies over the years.

This is a really unusual one, the fill level was a bit lower than i would have liked, just touching the shoulders of the bottle, but the taste was great, lots of sweet fruits on the nose, then a touch spirity and a herbaceous tomato plant note, the palate is soft and easy drinking, possibly the fill level affecting that, but the finish was out of nowhere, ashy, charred and seriously spicy, it had came completely out of the blue, but works so well with the dram leaving it a very complex taste.

I really need to source more old Glenkinchie and see what i get from it, as this was really interesting and i really enjoyed it.

To find drams like this you will want to look at Auction houses like Whisky Auctioneer or specialist retailers like Hard To Find Whisky where you might be able to find some old and rare minis.

 

Fruity, dark fruits, sultanas and plums, melon balls in syrup, a hint of bitter pith, a touch spirity and herbaceous, tomato plant

Initially lots of syrup, wax and honey, light and juicy but not much more

Spicy, cask char, almost ashy, quite long lasting

Bottle Name: Glenkinchie 10 Year Old (1990s)
Age: 10
ABV: 43.00
Distiller: Glenkinchie
Bottler: Glenkinchie
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland


Rosebank 1990 Cask 505 (Signatory Vintage)

Rosebank 1990 Cask 505 (Signatory Vintage) When i was hunting the Whisky Auctions for something interesting and found this set of four miniatures, it was this Rosebank that was the one I was most excited about.

I'm a huge fan of this distillery and my aim for the next couple of years is to dig out and find as many reasonably priced examples from Rosebank as I can.

I sampled all four of these drams on the same evening, but the Rosebank stood head and shoulders above most of the others. The St Magdalenes gave it a close run but the consistency in nose to palate and how well it remains the same despite a touch of water or a long wait edged it out in front.

Filled with masses of juicy Melon notes this dram is a delicious example of what Rosebank could produce, and another reason I'm sitting crying about the fact it's no longer producing whisky.

To find drams like this you will want to look at Auction houses like Whisky Auctioneer or specialist retailers like Hard To Find Whisky where you might be able to find some old and rare minis.

 

And there it is, that sweet Rosebank note that I love, juicy watermelon flavoured Edinburgh rock, light sweet watery fruits, hints of chalk and talcum powder, water takes the nose a bit too much for me

Chalky first and foremost, a little dusty too, bitter citrus pith and then galia melon and watermelon juiciness, hints of floral notes, seriously easy to drink, with water cream comes in.

Chalky melon yum

Bottle Name: Rosebank 1990 Cask 505 (Signatory Vintage)
Age: 1990 Vintage
ABV: 43.00
Distiller: Rosebank (Closed)
Bottler: Signatory
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland


St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) When i was hunting the Whisky Auctions for something interesting and found this set of four miniatures, with this St Magdalenes being an interesting part of.

I do still have a bit of a connection to this distillery, with St Magdalenes distllery being located only 3/4 miles (as the crow flies) from where i was born, so another dram that really had me excited.

The 40% doesn't help with the finish which is very short and spiced honey, the nose is exceptionally fruity and juicy but goes spicy with time, the palate doesn't match and takes a huge hit of spice.

This needs time and a touch of water to open it up but it's worth the effort and i have never had a dram change as much with time as this one did, the spice, on the nose especially, was a pleasant surprise.

To find drams like this you will want to look at Auction houses like Whisky Auctioneer or specialist retailers like Hard To Find Whisky where you might be able to find some old and rare minis.

 

Dusty Dunnage warehouse notes followed by cake and lots of it, like passing the women's institute Victoria sponge cake competition at a country fair, rowntrees fruit gums and traditional floral gums and crushed carnations, touches of gentle oak come through with a real chalky element, a butchers spice rub and caramel comes with time

It's a huge apiary of bees honey, with a coating of Chinese 5 spice, a light chalky element, a stale spiced fruit scone, it begins to improve with air but the spice still hits, with some water the spice tames and it becomes very floral honey

short spiced honey

Bottle Name: St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Age: 1981 Vintage
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Linlithgow (St Magdelenes) (Closed)
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland


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