The Rosebank Revival Begins

For whisky lovers, the closure of Rosebank in 1993 appeared to symbolise the demise of the Lowlands as a once great whisky region. Today few people realise that the Lowlands was the cradle of the Scotch whisky industry in the late 18th century, when it produced far more than the rest of Scotland.

Of course, there was something incurably romantic about Highland whisky distilled deep in the glen on an illicit still as the big blenders realised a century later. Their brands were invariably advertised against a backdrop of misty lochs and mountains, reinforcing the bond between whisky and the Highlands.

But those in the know – those lucky enough to have tasted what little Rosebank was bottled as a single malt, knew just how beguiling Lowland whisky could be. Part of what made Rosebank special was its unique combination of triple distillation and worm tubs. Having matured in cask, the result was a wonderfully fragrant whisky that balanced soft fruit and citrus zest with an earthy, fulsome body. It was complex, long-lasting and pretty irresistible.

In good Lowland tradition, Rosebank was never a spirit to put hairs on your chest. Instead of a raging peat fire in its belly, it offered something far more subtle and complex. What was true then, will be true of the new Rosebank whose owners, Ian Macleod Distillers, have pledged to restore every detail of the old production process. If anything it will be even better because the focus will be on Rosebank as a single malt.

Meanwhile, in the past decade, new distilleries have sprung up across the Lowlands from Fife in the east to Dumfries & Galloway in the west. Whisky-making has also returned to the Borders for the first time since 1837 and has now spread to Glasgow and soon Edinburgh. Clearly the region is enjoying a real renaissance which makes the revival of Rosebank, the undisputed ‘King of Lowland whiskies’ so timely.

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2018-12-14T13:07:31+00:00December 14th, 2018|Distillery, Distillery Build, Distillery Planning, History, Video, Whisky|

5 Comments

  1. Gordon Bolton December 14, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Good luck. I used to work in John Gray’s in Thornhill Road in the 70s. He occasionally got a case of Rosebank in and word would spread round Falkirk within hours (all pre Twitter!) and it would sell out that day. I cycled past the distillery every day for 6 years on my way to school but finally I only managed to taste one of the last SMWS bottlings a few years ago. Wonderful. I kept the empty for ages just to savour the smell. Then it all evaporated. Time for a refill !

  2. James Plogman December 15, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Where can I find your Whiskey

    • Rosebank December 27, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Hi James,

      our whisky isn’t available for general sale at the moment. We are working on rebuilding our distillery so we can begin to recreate our wonderful whisky. We will keep the site updated with any information we have about liquid for sale.

      Thanks!

  3. Bruce Ward February 14, 2019 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Great news for the Falkirk area with the opening of the Rosebank Distillery once again.
    Will there be a visitor centre?
    I still have two bottles of 12 year old Flora and Fauna single malt in the original wooden boxes unopened.
    Can’t wait to try the new stuff as it was always a nice dram.
    Good luck in your new venture.

    • Rosebank February 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Bruce

      We have big plans for the visitor centre! More details will be announced as we go, but we plan to combine the old with the new to remain respectful of our great heritage. We’re just as excited as you to taste the first dram of new Rosebank.

      Look forward to welcoming you through the doors in the not so distant future!

      The Rosebank Team

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