Following the recently announced plans by Diageo to reopen the cult-favorite, long-dormant Scotch distilleries Port Ellen and Brora, Ian Macleod Distillers has revealed plans to resurrect Rosebank.
This Lowlands producer was closed in 1993 by what would later become Diageo. It has since changed hands, ending up under the ownership of Ian Macleod Distillers. Vintage bottles of Rosebank today fetch premium prices on the secondary market, and have become collector’s items.
In its home of Falkirk, on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, the distillery had produced a Scotch known for an “elegant, floral, aromatic” character, the company says, thanks to a “triple distillation process in the traditional Lowland manner” with worm tub condensers. All this will be preserved.
Ian Macleod Distillers has entered into a binding agreement with Scottish Canals to purchase the site and has separately acquired the Rosebank trademark as well as existing Rosebank casks.
“Over the coming months we will carefully review Rosebank’s rare stocks with a view to releasing some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies,” says Leonard Russell (pictured atop), Ian Macleod Distillers managing director. “We have no doubt that demand for these releases will be exceptionally high so we already have plans in place to make sure collectors and Rosebank lovers can keep up to date.”
All the latest developments will be revealed on a new, dedicated website, where those who sign up will be the first to hear about the release of bottlings of Rosebank Lowland Single Malt.