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Rosebank

The stills of the Rosebank distillery fell into indefinite silence in May of 1993. More recently, in 2002, the British Waterways Board and Westpoint Homes acquired the site. The distillery lay near Falkirk in Stirlingshire, at the Forth and Clyde canal, which joins Glasgow with Edinburgh. Rosebank was a Lowland distillery and, as such, practised triple distillation with one wash still and a pair of spirit stills.

There had been distilleries operating under the name 'Rosebank' as early as the late eighteenth century. The Stark brothers had built a distillery at Laurieston, but moved to Camelon due to the lack of a good water source. The Camelon Distillery was opened in 1827, closing less than a decade later. The Rosebank whisky distillery was founded in 1840 by James Rankine who converted the maltings from Camelon distillery, which stood on the site prior. The distillery was named for the flowers which grew on the canal’s banks. His son, R W Rankine took over and completely rebuilt the buildings in 1864.

Blenders favoured the Scotch whisky produced at Rosebank and demand was so high that, during the 1890s, sales were on allocation and, whilst the customers waited, warehouse rent was charged. The Pattison Crisis, at the turn of the nineteenth century, hit the distillery hard and it was left reeling. In 1914, Scottish Malt Distillers acquired Rosebank, latterly becoming part of Diageo. Closing for the First World War, Rosebank conversely remained in operation during the Second. It is still possible to find official bottlings of single malt whisky from the distillery and there have been a handful of independent releases as well.

In October 2017 Ian Macleod Distillers announced it was to revive Rosebank, having purchased the trademark from Diageo and the site from Scottish Canals.

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled by Rosebank in the year 1989, then bottled in 2002 by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their Conoisseurs Choice series. Rosebank has been closed for quite a…  More info

Rosebank 1989 (bottled 2002) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Rosebank 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at the now defunct Rosebank in 1991 and aged for 17 years in sherry and bourbon casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail in 2008. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Rosebank 1991 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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SMWS 25.53 20 Year Old

70cl, 55.9%

A Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of 20 year old single malt from the sadly closed Rosebank distillery. The SMWS have given this one the title Pomanders and Powder Puffs as a hint towards its…  More info

SMWS 25.53 20 Year Old

SMWS No. 25.49 17 Year Old

70cl, 56.1%

A rare chance to taste the whisky from the sadly closed (though soon to be reborn) Rosebank distillery! This is a Scotch Malt Whisky Society of 17 year old single malt from Rosebank, bottled at cask…  More info

SMWS No. 25.49 17 Year Old

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 5082) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Rare Rosebank single malt! This is a bottling of 19 year old Rosebank, distilled in February 1990 and bottled in March 2009 for the Old Malt Cask (back when Douglas Laing owned the brand!). 444…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 5082) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 62.3%

A very rare bottling from the now silent Rosebank distillery, a cask strength release, aged for 20 years. Bottled as part of the Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1990 (cask 517) - Murray McDavid

70cl, 46%

A rare bottling of youthful single malt from the Rosebank distllery, distilled in February 1990, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled 8 years later in May 1998 by Murray McDavid. Rosebank shut its…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old 1990 (cask 517) - Murray McDavid

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.2%

A 22 year old single cask from Mackillop's distilled at the celebrated Rosebank distillery. Rosebank is of course a closed distillery in the lowlands whose whisky was triple distilled. Founded in…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 271) - Mackillop's Choice

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2014) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Here's one for whisky historians - a 1990 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, which was closed in 1993. This whisky was bottled in 2014 for Lot RO/14/02 as…  More info

Rosebank 1990 (bottled 2014) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.8%

Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range contains selected old and rare whiskies, and this is no certainly no exception. Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands of Scotland was mothballed in 1993 and never…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10146) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A rare single cask Rosebank, bottled in 2000 by Signatory. This is a fine, oak matured Lowland whisky, a favourite of Jim Murray, which is getting hard to find given the sad and silent state of the…  More info

Rosebank 10 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.6%

This was distilled at Rosebank in 1990. It was aged for 21 years in a bourbon barrel before bottling by Murray McDavid in 2011 at the Bruichladdich distillery. A release of 270 bottles at natural…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This 19 year old Rosebank was bottled under Douglas Laing's cracking Old Malt Cask range. Each whisky is bottled at their preferred bottling strength of 50%, usually from single casks. This was…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%

An ultra rare 8 year old from the closed Rosebank distillery. Whisky from Rosebank has become legendary for its incredible Lowland character. This was bottled for The Distillers Agency. This…  More info

Rosebank 8 Year Old - 1980s

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 Cask 4655 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled at the sadly defunct Rosebank distillery in February 1990 and aged for 18 years in refill butt number 4655 before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2008. A release…  More info

Rosebank 18 Year Old 1990 Cask 4655 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Rosebank 17 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%

A 17 year old Rosebank from Speciality Drinks. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled in April of 2009, aged in cask 2206.  More info

Rosebank 17 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

Rosebank 25 Year Old

70cl, 61.4%

A cask strength official bottling from the Rosebank distillery, distilled in 1981 and matured for 25 years in refill Bourbon casks before bottling as a limited release of just 4,710 bottles.  More info

Rosebank 25 Year Old
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Rosebank 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts 75cl

75cl, 60.2%

The Rosebank distillery is a lost treasure from the Lowlands, her candle faded out in 1993. Since then, her malts have become legendary. This is a Rare Malts bottling, and it's a 75cl bottling. These…  More info

Rosebank 19 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts 75cl

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992

70cl, 54.3%

A stupendous single cask whisky from SMWS from a secret distillery (let's just say its R -Bank. No, that's too obvious, let's call it Rose-B). This is a berry-fruit-rich whisky from the now closed…  More info

SMWS No. 25.32 11 Year Old 1992

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 57.9%

The vatting of four bourbon barrels of Rosebank. This was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 16 years - possibly the peak age for Rosebank - by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Rosebank 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

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