Rosebank is similar to other lowland single malts in having a taste associated with fruits, grasses, and particularly flowers. Being casked in oak lends to oak flavourings within the malt as well - the distillery described the nose as "light and distinctive" and the flavour "well balanced". The late writer Michael Jackson, described the whisky as “The finest example of a Lowland malt…” and considered the closure of the distillery “…a grievous loss.”

In his "Complete book of Whisky", Jim Murray notes that a previous writer could not be taken seriously after making the claim that "none of them [Lowland malts] approaches the sunny majesty of the Highland malts..." - Murray maintains that Rosebank is the "superior Lowlander" and should be ranked in the top five of all Scottish malts.