For over 150 years Rosebank had been producing some seriously good malt whisky by the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal in Falkirk. When it closed in 1993, its loss was keenly felt by many, including the late whisky writer, Michael Jackson who was convinced it was one of the ‘greats’. This was the ‘King of Lowland whiskies’, and its closure had nothing to do with quality. Scotland was drowning in whisky at the time, and Rosebank was expensive to produce being small, triple-distilled and with worm tubs.

But the ‘King’ is back, with news that Rosebank is to be reborn after it was bought last autumn by Ian Macleod Distillers. The independent, family-run whisky firm, which also owns Tamdhu and Glengoyne, is determined to restore Rosebank to its former glory, and rebuild the distillery right down to the last rivet in its stills.