Three Stills Good

Rosebank became known as the ‘King of Lowland whiskies’ not just for the quality of its single malt but also because of the way it was produced, having never strayed from the classic Lowland tradition of triple distillation. This has been part of our DNA from the start and will continue once Rosebank Distillery is back up and running.

Today, the vast majority of Scotch malt whisky is distilled twice, and Rosebank could easily do the same. It would certainly be cheaper and a lot less hassle, but as any whisky lover would tell you – it just wouldn’t be Rosebank. Using three pot stills greatly increases the amount of copper contact which has a marked impact on the whisky.

The vapours that rise off the boiling liquid in the pot condense and trickle back until some finally make it over the head of the still. The copper helps to strip out the heavy sulphur compounds, leaving a progressively purer spirit the more times you distil. Distilling three times seems to work beautifully for a supple, aromatic whisky like Rosebank.

Very few Scottish distilleries, even in the Lowlands, still use triple distillation, and none of those that do go on to condense the spirit in a wooden worm tub like Rosebank. That combination is totally unique and goes some way to explain why this is such a special single malt.

2019-08-02T12:06:52+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Distillery, Distillery Build, Distillery Planning, History|


  1. Frans Strik August 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Dear Sirs,

    I’m very, very happy to read you guys are resurrecting Rosebank. Indeed the King of the Lowlands. In my opinion the best whisky ever (even better than a 17 yo Glenrothes). I only once tasted a Rosebank 1991 from Connoisseurs Choice label and it was a lasting tasting experience.

    I simply can’t wait to obtain a young, first Rosebank bottle from you!

    Frans Strik
    The Netherlands

  2. Dr David Besser October 8, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I was overjoyed to hear that Rosebank is to be resurrected. I am frequently bidding for rare bottles, always debating whether to drink the lovely bottles or collect them .The flavor of Rosebank is truly unique . I am a semi retired neurologist from the states , maybe I’ll start a fan club in the states , Long live Scotland

    • Rosebank October 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear we have fans across the pond too! Do let us know if you do set up your Rosebank appreciation club.

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