Work Begins On Rosebank

Rosebank is about to become a hive of activity as work finally begins on its rejuvenation. It is a tremendous milestone that will see some parts of the distillery preserved while others are completely transformed.

The 108ft chimney stack of the Rosebank distillery has been a famous landmark in Falkirk for as long as anyone can recall. Guarding the town’s eastern boundary, it greets motorists driving in from the west and can be glimpsed from the other direction by passengers shuttling through on the Edinburgh – Glasgow train. Yet the best view is on foot as you approach along the canal towpath from the Falkirk Wheel.

Steam would have once billowed from its top, signifying that all was well with the distillery and the production of its much-loved single malt, until the fateful day in 1993 when the stills ran cold and the doors were closed, seemingly forever. Gradually nature took over this dead space with weeds sprouting from the gutters, while a bloom of colourful graffiti appeared on the walls.

All this is about to change as the new Rosebank rises from the ashes. Over the coming months it will become a bustling building site that will leave the canal-side buildings carefully restored and converted into a visitor centre, tasting room and warehouse. On the other side it will look strikingly different with a modern, glass-fronted stillroom breathing new life into the distillery. And in the middle, proudly connecting Rosebank’s past with its present and future, stands that towering chimney – a Falkirk landmark as it ever was.

2019-06-10T17:05:15+00:00June 10th, 2019|Distillery, Distillery Build, Distillery Planning, Uncategorized|


  1. William Main June 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    So pleased this “Phoenix” is rising from the ashes of fame. Good name for the first batch! Might have to submit my CV noo!

    • Rosebank June 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      We’re very excited for that first batch too William!

  2. Francis Hak June 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to seeing this project being finished and that glorious whisky being back in production

  3. Mark Burnell June 10, 2019 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Look forward to visiting

  4. Jimmy Mac June 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    The return of the King of the Lowlands …

  5. Paul Stephen June 10, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Looking fwd to the rising of a star Whisky. The new building looks awesome. Hopefully be involved in the build.!! Any idea of the timescales involved?

    • Rosebank June 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Not yet Paul, still working on some finer details. We’ll be sure to update everyone once we have a firm plan in place though.

  6. Dawn Corbett June 11, 2019 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Wonderful news for Falkirk. It will be a great asset again and breathe life into the area. Wishing you all the very best for this ambitious and much-anticipated project!

    • Rosebank June 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dawn, we’re very excited to finally get started!

  7. Susan June 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Childhood memories of the Vats overflowing in Cameron, grand smell

    • Susan June 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Should have read as Camelon

  8. Robert June 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I used to own a flat at The Maltings. Will the two huge barrels be replaced?

    • Rosebank June 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Are you talking about the worm tubs, Robert? These are such an iconic part of the Rosebank history that we can’t imagine not having them! You can read more about our wormtubs here.

  9. Frank June 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    This is great news! Lucky enough to have an as yet unopened 12 year old Rosebank have previously sampled it… high quality to live up to! Its great to see resurrections and new distilleries opening up in the lowlands – variety being the spice and all 😉

    Wishing you all best of luck with the building works and ultimately new spirit production!

    • Rosebank June 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Frank, we know we have a lot to live up to, but we’re very much looking forward to the challenge. Hope to welcome you through the doors when we finally open again.

  10. Olle June 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I bought my dad a 25yo rosebank in 2008, if i remember right “systembolaget” in sweden had 11 bottles left in the whole in the country and its still not opened. It is numbered nr.3693

    So its really interesting that you starting rosebank again! Looking forward to the updates!

    • Rosebank July 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Sounds like an excellent present for your Dad! Hopefully we can welcome you to the new distillery one day in the future.

  11. Bruce Leg July 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    We will see!

  12. Dean Liu July 20, 2019 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Good to hear the rosebank reopened , there is a big market in china, since the distillery closed, the price is much higher than other distilleries because the reputation, I found a independent rosebank distilled at 1992 year and bottled at 2016 year by private person purchased a hogshead yesterday, I want to buy it but it will cost my half month salary. So I can’t make a choice, I hope after the new open can make me try the famous distillery products with few money in the future.

  13. Tom Millar August 5, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Another great landmark for Falkirk

  14. Frans Strik August 14, 2019 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I’m very, very happy you guys are resurrecting Rosebank! In my opinion the best whisky ever. Several years ago I tasted a 1991 bottling by Connoisseurs Choice and it was a indelible experience. I’ve been looking for a comparable taste since. I can’t wait until the first early versions will become available!

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