Distilled in 1993, the rare casks represent the last time the spirit ran through the original stills. They are the first official bottlings from Rosebank since it was acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers, which is in the process of redeveloping the site.
Only 100 bottles of whisky from each cask – priced at £2,500 each – will initially be released and available to purchase via a ballot, which will take place on Friday 14 February for Rosebank subscribers and Tuesday 18 February for general release via the Rosebank website. The ballot will be open for two weeks.
The rare batches have been matured in a refill Bourbon hogshead cask. Cask number 433 has a natural cask strength of 53.3% and an output of 280 bottles. It is described by the bottlers as delicate on the nose with hints of vanilla, mango, barley sugar and lavender, and light on the palate with flavours of cranachan, lemon and marzipan, with a soft citrus finish.
Cask number 625, with a natural cask strength of 50.4% and output of 259 bottles, is described as having a warm banana loaf aroma with white chocolate, spearmint and dried pineapple, notes of shortbread, chamomile tea, dried herb and citrus on the palate and a delicate tropical fruit, lime and spice finish.
Robbie Hughes, group distillation manager for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We are incredibly excited and proud to be releasing our first official bottlings of Rosebank since the distillery’s closure in 1993 – a pivotal milestone for us in bringing back to life this quintessential Lowland malt.
“These expressions, though distinct in character, are both shining examples of Rosebank’s peerlessly smooth, fruity character. We know both are highly anticipated by whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike, so we expect great demand from our ballots."
Those who secure one of the expressions will be invited to collect their bottle at a private event in London on Wednesday 18 March (advance RSVP is mandatory).