A Rosebank by any other name

IAN Macleod Distillers is toasting the soon-to-be-revived Rosebank Distillery with the release of a 31 year old Rosebank from the original distillery.

The original Rosebank Distillery was mothballed in 1993. Ian Macleod Distillers acquired the brand, site and stock in 2017 and has been restoring the Falkirk facility over the past few years. It is expected to resume production early next year.

Ahead of the relaunch of the distillery, Ian Macleod has released a bottling of rare whisky from the original distillery. Priced £1800 a bottle, the whisky is described as having a bright and zesty nose with hints of lime and lemongrass.

The palate is said to have notes of mint, chamomile, leather and banana bread.
Rosebank distillery manager, Malcolm Rennie, said he was “under no illusions as to the importance of this launch”.

“The spirit was distilled before the distillery closed its doors and has matured in casks ever since, waiting to be awoken,” said Rennie.

“It fills me with great pride to know that the 31 year old will be the last ‘old Rosebank’ release before the distillery is reopened to the public.

“The revival of this sleeping giant is a huge moment for the whisky community, but most importantly for the people of Falkirk who have patiently awaited its return for three decades.”