Is this Rosebank’s biggest fan?

Scott Jackson is possibly Rosebank’s biggest fan with an amazing collection of old bottles to prove it. Born and raised in Falkirk he was naturally curious to try the local whisky and, as he explains – it was pretty well love at first sip.

Listening to his uncle Jimmy’s tales of working at Rosebank distillery captivated Scott Jackson as a teenager growing up in Falkirk. “I was absolutely taken by the fact that people would make whisky during the night,” he says, and by pure coincidence, it was at night-time when he finally got to see round the distillery in 2000. By then he had become one of Rosebank’s greatest fans, though sadly the whole place had shut down years earlier. On the tour “there was just me, my father-in-law, the night watchman and his dog,” he recalls. “It was an almost surreal experience – eerily quiet, and such a pilgrimage for me. I had a wee hipflask and we toasted the ‘old lady’ in the still room.”

With its towering chimney stack, Rosebank had always been a strong presence in Falkirk, even if you rarely saw bottles of its whisky. Instead, according to Scott, people drank King George IV which was considered the local whisky. “We always believed that a little Rosebank had gone into that blend,” says Scott, who remembers its name painted proudly in big letters on the distillery’s old maltings.

“In the early 1990s, when I was in my mid-twenties, I’d developed a taste for whisky and decided to explore Rosebank,” he explains. “I bought a bottle of the 12-year-old ‘Flora & Fauna’ in a wooden box from a local newsagent and thought ‘this is a really decent whisky’, floral, citrusy, cereal … and with a crème brûlée sweetness.” Other expressions followed from firms like Caidenhead, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Bonfanti in Italy, until he had amassed an incredible collection of some of the finest Rosebank whiskies ever bottled. Like everyone in Falkirk, he’d assumed the distillery was gone for good. Asked how he felt on hearing the news of its rescue, his whole face lights up. “Oh, that was total joy!”

2019-10-08T18:36:13+00:00October 7th, 2019|Distillery, History, Interviews, Whisky|

13 Comments

  1. MR René RAMON October 8, 2019 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Scott, you are just like me, a supreme fanatic about Ardbeg.
    Having tasted and enjoyed Rosebank it is and will always be a great Lowland dram!!

  2. Michael Hyams October 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I too have a ‘flora and fauna’ Rosebank (in wood box) in my whisky collection, and a 1991 G&M ‘connoisseurs choice’. I drank my other ‘flora’ bottle – a very good whisky
    Regards,

  3. Howard McIntyre October 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Good article. How many bottles in Scott’s collection?

    • Rosebank October 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      We’re unsure of the total amount, but it was an impressive collection!

  4. Sam derrick October 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    put my name down for the first bottle…..or second

    • Rosebank October 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      Do stay in touch for more information on this Sam!

  5. Brian Kane October 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Scott,I still have a bottle of Rosebank 12 year old Flora & Fauna in a wooden box my now Wife bought me out of Patrick’s the Butchers in Camelon about 30 years ago.

  6. Paul Stephen October 8, 2019 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Nice collection. Wonder what the monetary value of that lot would be? I have two bottles which were handed to me from family members. Looking forward to tasting some more soon. I here the engineers are advancing the design drawings. Look forward to some activity on site soon.

  7. William Shanks October 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    What a great collection Scott has been smitten with the Rosebank .. Well done. Perhaps some of his collection can be viewed once the Distillery opens.

  8. Alan Dawson October 8, 2019 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    As soon as I saw the comment ‘Rosebank’s biggest fan’ I knew it had to be Scott! Fabulous story, I had no idea of your heritage with Rosebank…As a lifelong Bairn I’m equally proud of its Falkirk heritage, and a big fan of a decent whisky…but the only fancy bottle I ever owned was a gift from an Aberdonian pal for my 40th, and I was told to drink it and enjoy it…which I did. I shudder to think what it would be worth now!!

    I wish you every success in your evdeavour…and will take delight in embarrassing Scott when I next see him, hopefully over a wee nip!

    • Rosebank October 9, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alan, we look forward to the day we can welcome you back into the distillery!

    • Scott October 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Alan it would be pleasure to have you round for a few drams and to talk all things Rosebank. Give me a shout. Scott

    • Scott October 17, 2019 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alan you will be very welcome anytime to come round for a few drams and to talk all things Rosebank. Give me a shout sometime.

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