Rosebank 1981 16 YO Flora & Fauna cask strength, 63,9 %
In Osaka we visited Bar Rosebank. This was a very nice bar with a lot of whiskies, especially old Scottish ones. My husband will give you more information on the bar, so stay tuned on Whisky Saga!
My first cask strength version from Flora & Fauna was this Rosebank 16 YO from 1981. Usually I think the whiskies in the Flora & Fauna series have a good nose, but taste and finish are too “simple to” make them interesting to me. Let’s see what cask strength can do to the series!
Nose (23/25): A lot happening here! Grass, vanilla, strawberries, cream and herbs. Very full and complex and really interesting. This is a whisky you can spend the whole evening just nosing. I tasted this one with some water added , and the water made the nose more smooth.
Taste (23/25): A very full and smooth taste. Not as complex as the nose though, but that does not influence the whisky in a negative way. Vanilla, spices (other than pepper) and pepper.
Finish (21/25): The finish is warm and lingering. Mostly vanilla, salt and caramel. The added water made it a bit boring. Some metallic notes in the end, unfortunately.
Balance (22/25): This was really a nice experience. The conclusion is clear: Cask strength made Flora & Fauna an interesting series! I hope I will get a chance to taste more.