Whisky Focus - Ian MacLeod Distillers To Re-Open Rosebank Distillery

Ian MacLeod Distillers To Re-Open Rosebank Distillery

10th October 2017
Ian MacLeod Distillers announce plan to re-open iconic Rosebank Distillery.

Ian Macleod Distillers MD Leonard Russell comments on the re-opening of the Rosebank Distillery.

Following hot in the footsteps of yesterdays announcement that Diageo are to re-open the Port Ellen & Brora Distilleries Ian MacLeod Distillers has announced that they will re-open the Rosebank distillery in Falkirk which closed back in 1993.

The independent family owned distillers, blenders and bottlers who own the Glengoyne and Tamdhu distilleries have revealed plans to bring the iconic Rosebank distillery back to life. Ian Macleod Distillers has entered into a binding agreement with Scottish Canals to purchase the Falkirk site and has separately acquired the Rosebank trademark through the support of Diageo who owned the trademark.

Ian Macleod Distillers MD Leonard Russell commented on the move saying: "Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world. As such, this is an extraordinarily exciting project for us. To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Ian MacLeod intend to stay true to the Rosebank triple distilled production process and produce the  aromatic, floral Lowland style of whisky which whisky enthusiasts have grown to love.

Leonard Russell went on to explain: "The distillery has a very special place in Scotlandís whisky heritage and we are committed to ensuring this is the case. We will produce Rosebank Lowland single malt in exactly the same way as it is known, using the famous triple distillation and worm tub condensers. This way we ensure the revival of its classic style and taste."

"Our investment goes way beyond production," he continued. "We are looking to develop a Rosebank Visitor Centre to help tell the story of this remarkable whisky - as well as safeguard the atmospheric Canal side Bond and its important heritage."

Rosebank Distillery from the canal side.

Obviously it will be some time before us whisky lovers will taste any of the new whisky which will be produced at the yet to be resurrected Rosebank but I can tell you that Ian Macleod has acquired some existing maturing stock of Rosebank which Leonard Russell  says they will be reviewing over the coming months with a view to releasing some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies, so watch this space.

Meanwhile you will still find some Rosebank bottlings available from October from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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