Rosebank

Rosebank is located in Falkirk in the Scottish Lowlands. The distillery was closed in 1993 and brought back to life in 2017 by family-run Whisky producer Ian Macleod.

Information about the Distillery
62 Bottles
Scotland, Lowlands
-3.805050 56.002239
Active
Ian MacLeod
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
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Oil:
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Honey:
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Apple:
Pineapple:
Cinnamon:
Clove:
Ginger:
Orange:
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Pepper:
Caramel:
Lemon:
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Tasting
Spices:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Herbs:
Pepper:
Malt:
Nuts:
Oak:
Floral:
Mint:
Zitrus:
Pear:
Herb:
Almonds:
Chocolate:
Grapefruit:
Oil:
Chili:
Anis:
Berries:
Leather:
Clove:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Barley:
Peat Smoke:
Kiwi:
Lemon:
Wheat:
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Finish
Nuts:
Oil:
Sweet:
Herbs:
Floral:
Chocolate:
Oak:
Fruit:
Herb:
Spices:
Sherry:
Zitrus:
Lime:
Dark Chocolate:
Peach:
Malt:
Honey:
Mint:
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Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The quality of Rosebank Whisky was no secret to the blenders and so for a long time virtually all production went into the blending industry. Today, there are very few Single Malts from the days before the closure.
Rosebank began producing New Make again in June 2023, almost 30 years to the day after its premature closure. We will have to wait a little longer for the first new Whisky. Rosebank Whisky is an unpeated, triple-distilled Lowland Single Malt.

The Pot Stills

The three new stills from Forsyths have been made exactly like the old stills. The distillery's old stills were stolen by copper thieves in 2008. The popular Rosebank style is produced by a combination of triple distillation and condensation in worm tubs.

Maltings

The first step in the processing of malted barley begins with a mill. But not just any mill, because Rosebank is the proud owner of a boby mill that has been extensively restored. Originally it comes from Port Ellen on Islay, it was installed at Rosebank in 1936.

Fermentation

There are 8 traditional wood washbacks made from Douglas oak at Rosebank. Many distilleries today are opting for stainless steel wash backs, which are clearly easier to maintain and clean. Each of the washbacks holds 15,000 liters. The finished beer then has an alcohol content of around 8% vol.

The History

The Rosebank distillery was founded in 1840 by James Rankin, a local wine merchant. When the distillery was founded, the banks of the Forth-Clyde Canal were covered with roses, which gave it its name 'Rosebank'.
Rosebank changed owners several times until its closure in 1993. In 2017, Ian Macleod Distillers bought the distillery and announced plans to reopen the distillery. The demolished parts and buildings will be rebuilt between 2019 and 2023 to once again produce Lowland Whisky from Rosebank. Whisky has been distilled at Rosebank again since 2023.

Visitor’s Center

The doors of Rosebank have been open again since summer 2024 and various tours can be booked. 

Visitor information

Distillery Address:

Rosebank Distillery
Camelon Rd
Falkirk FK1 5JR
Tel: +44 1324 374100

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