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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.

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About Rosebank Whisky Distillery

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Falkirk, Stirlingshire


According to legend, the Stark brothers operate a distillery by the name Rosebank.


James Robertson runs a distillery named Rosebank which may be identical to that of the Stark brothers´.


James Rankine builds the present distillery buildings. He has taken over the maltings of Camelon Distillery, situated on the nearby eastern bank of the Forth-Clyde canal.


The distillery expands.


Rankine buys Camelon Distillery, on the west bank of the Forth-Clyde canal.


James Rankine’s son, R. W. Rankine, rebuilds Rosebank distillery.


Rankine demolishes Camelon Distillery but keeps the maltings and connects the two sites by a swing bridge.


Rosebank Distillery Company is formed.


Rosebank, with Clydesdale, Glenkinchie, St. Magdalene and Grange form Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).


The old Camelon maltings is closed and partly demolished.


DCL launches the series The Ascot Malt Cellar with Rosebank (8 years), Linkwood (12 years), Talisker (8 years), Lagavulin (12 years) and two vatted malts, Strathconnan and Glenleven.


The distillery closes in June.


The buildings are bought in May by British Waterways for the building of a restaurant, offices and flats.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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