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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 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 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)

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 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 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.3%

An absolutely stellar Rosebank single malt here, distilled all the way back in 1979. Two decades of ageing treated the whisky very well, and it was eventually bottled at a generous cask strength for…  More info

Rosebank 20 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

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