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Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s

LOT ID: 0923-567

End Date : Nov 22 2023 09:44 PM

Total Bids: 68   

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Rosebank 8 Year Old. Bottled 1980s. 75cl. 40%. In presentation box.

A lovely old ‘Unblended’ official bottling of Rosebank 8-year-old from the mid-1980s. These were fast-maturing drams that showed remarkable development for their age and are often rather richer that you might expect, with an oily fruitiness and frequently showing lovely old school sherry influence. It’s genuinely amazing that the distillery was ever closed when it was putting out whisky of this quality.


Creased box. Small tear in corner of box.


High Shoulder

Distillery:  Rosebank

Distillery Status:  Closed

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Region: Lowland

Bottling Year: 1980s

Age: 8

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 75cl / 750ml

ABV: 40%

The writing was on the wall for Rosebank in 1988 when owners United Distillers preferred the less accomplished but much more tourist-friendly Glenkinchie for their new Classic Malts series. Rosebank closed in 1993, after UD balked at a £2m upgrade to the distillery’s effluent treatment facility, and soon became a cult lost distillery - the Lowland equivalent of Brora or Port Ellen. Miraculously, Diageo are now restoring both Brora and Port Ellen, while Rosebank is being rebuilt under new owners Ian MacLeod Distillers and is expected to reopen in late 2022.

Today, new bottlings of old Rosebank are dwindling, and prices have increased dramatically over the last decade. Essential official bottlings of Rosebank include the glorious 1979 and 1981 Rare Malt Editions, and the splendid Special Releases from 2007, 2011 and 2014. Indie Rosebanks from the early 1990s vintages are generally excellent and usually more affordable at auction.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £260.00 22nd November 2023 21:14