Restauration of Rosebank Distillery can start

After having been granted planning permission there’s green light for Ian Macleod Distillers

Picture: Ian Macleod Distillers

In October 2017, Ian Macleod Distillers announced they would bring the old Rosebank Distillery in Camelon, Falkirk, back to life. In 1993, the then owner Diageo had shut down and mothballed the plant. Since then, no whisky has been produced there, the former maltings were converted into a restaurant, the other buildings are dawning and are no longer eye candy. It was not difficult for Ian McLeod Distillers (Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Smokehead) to inspire the city's administration and the former owner Scottish Canals for the plans to renovate the site and start a revival of Rosebank Distillery. It is expected that there will be benefits for tourism in Falkirk.

Financing was secured by an £80 million credit in November 2017 (we reported), and as planning permission has recently been granted, the renovation is due to begin. The opening of the distillery and the adjoining visitor center is planned for autumn 2020, with which 25 jobs will be created. Ian Macleod Distillers plan to produce a whisky that reflects the Lowland style, and you'll probably see triple distillation as well as cooling by Worm Tubs. Incidentally, the chimney, which now has become a landmark of the town, will be preserved and integrated into the new complex.

Photo: Petra Milde
Photo: Petra Milde