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ROSEBANK  

13 years old

58,9%      INFO      
Date Distilled Oct 78
Date Bottled Oct 91
Society Cask Code 25.4
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK  

9 years old

43%                    
Lowlands
Established on present site in Camelon in 1840
Distilled 1983
Bottled 1992
Bristol Brandy Company Ltd.

ROSEBANK  

12 years old

43%     INFO      
FLORA & FAUNA
Distilled 1980
Bottled 1992
Rosebank Distillery, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

ROSEBANK   

9 years old

40 %            
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1988
Bottled 1996
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

VINTAGE 1989                 
7 years old

43 %
Distilled 4.10.89
Bottled 8.97
Matured in sherry casks
CaskNos. 1740 & 41
870 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK   

16 years old

63,9 %   INFO            
FLORA & FAUNA
CASK STRENGHT
Year of distillation 1981
Bottled 1997
Limited Bottling
Genummerde flessen
Rosebank Distillery, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

ROSEBANK   VINTAGE 1990               
8 years old 43 %
Distilled 12.2.90
Cask No. 506
Bottled 5.11.98
465 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK   

20 years old

60.3 %              
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1979
Bottled October 1999
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd, Glasgow

ROSEBANK   

VINTAGE 1990   

43%              
SIGNATORY 2000
SIGNATORY MILLENNIUM EDITION
Distilled on 14th February 1990
Bottled 7th January 2000
Cask No. 530
Natural Colour
462 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK   

12 years old

40 %                 
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1983
Bottled 1995
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

VINTAGE 1983

43 %   INFO            
Distilled 19.10.83
Bottled 2.95
Matured in sherry casks
Cask Nos. 1668-69
760 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK   

13 years old

59,3%                
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strenght
Distilled July 1980
Bottled July 1993
No Additives
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, Campbeltown

ROSEBANK   

11 years old

43 %               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 18/2/91
Bottled 6/11/2002
Cask no. 552
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ROSEBANK   

VINTAGE 1990                 
SIGNATORY 2000
SIGNATORY MILLENNIUM EDITION
MAGNUM 150 cl
9 years old

43 %
Distilled 12th February 1990
Bottled 27th August 1999
Cask No. 510
220 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK  

9 years old

40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1988
Bottled 1997
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

8 years old

43 %                
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 3/7/91
Bottled 6/6/2000
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no. 2067
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ROSEBANK  

11 years old

40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1989
Bottled 2000
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

10 years old

56.2 %                 
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 20.4.89
Bottled 31.1.00
Cask No. 912
318 bottles
Distillers Agency
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK  

over 11 years old

43 %              
THE McGIBBON'S PROVENANCE
SPRING DISTILLATION
Distilled Spring 1989
Bottled Spring 2000
No Colouring
Not Chill Filtered
Douglas MCGibbon & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

ROSEBANK  

11 years old

50%                 
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled February 1989
Bottled November 2000
360 bottles
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

ROSEBANK  

11 years old

46%   INFO            
Distilled April 1989
Bottled May 2000
Cask Ref: MM 523
Cask Type: Bourbon
Murray McDavid Ltd,
Glasgow and London

ROSEBANK   11 years old 43%                
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 12.4.89
Bottled 30.1.2001
Cask No. 789
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ROSEBANK  

9 years old

60.3 %   INFO             
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled Feb 90
Date Bottled Sept 99
Society Cask No. code 25.15
287 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Fresh as a summer's day'.

ROSEBANK  

8 years old

46 %               
Distilled February 1990
CaskRef: MM 517
Cask Type: Bourbon
Bottled May 1998
Murray McDavid Ltd,
Glasgow and London

ROSEBANK   

14 years old

40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1989
Bottled 2003
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

22 years old

50%              
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled September 1978
Bottled May 2001
444 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

ROSEBANK  

28 years old

50 %             
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled January 1973
Bottled February 2001
270 bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

ROSEBANK   

VINTAGE 1991                 
12 years old

43%
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
Single Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 17th November 1991
Matured in a bourbon barrel
Bottled on 25th March 2004
Cask No. 4703
331 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK  

21 years old

64.2 %    INFO          
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled April 1981
Date bottled August 2002
Society Cask No. code 25.26
Outturn 540 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Cinnamon and addfellows'

ROSEBANK  

20 years old

62.3 %               
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1981
Bottled May 2002
Genummerde flessen
Limited Edition
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

ROSEBANK  

22 years old

61.1 %                        
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1981
Bottled 2004
Genummerde flessen
Limited Edition
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

12 years old

54,7 %   INFO             
Lowland;
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1989
Bottled: February 2002
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
No. of Bottles: 276
Distillery: Silent
Wm. Cadenhead, Campbeltown, Argyll

ROSEBANK  

13 years old

46 %                 
Lowland
ORIGINAL COLLECTION
Individual Cask
Distilled 1989
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
Bottled June 2002
No. of Bottles: 396
Distillery: Silent
Wm. Cadenhead, Campbeltown, Argyll

ROSEBANK  

14 years old

55,9 %                
Lowland
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1989
Bottled: July 2003
Wood Type: Bourbon Hogshead
No. of Bottles: 294
Wm. Cadenhead Ltd, Campbeltown, Argyll

ROSEBANK   

11 years old

46 %                
Lowland
Bourbon Hogshead
381 Bottles
Wm. Cadenhead Ltd, Campbeltown, Argyll

ROSEBANK  

11 years old

43%               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 27/11/1991
Bottled: 4/9/2003
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no. 4695
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ROSEBANK   

14 years old

58,8 %                 
GORDON & MACPHAIL RESERVE
Single Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 1990
Cask No 494
Bottled 2004
Limited Edition
301 Bottles
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

9 years old

44 %               
THE SECRET TREASURES
OF SCOTLAND
SINGLE CASK - SINGLE MALT
LOWLAND SCOTCH WHISKY
This product was originally
Distilled  on 25th March  1992
Cask No.   1461
Especially Selected by
A. Rickards, Master Blender
402 Numbered Bottles
mported by S. Fassbind AG, Oberath
The Moray Malt Whisky Ltd, Edinburgh

ROSEBANK  

Aged 25 years  

61,4 %  INFO                               
SPECIAL RELEASES 2007
CLASSIC  MALTS  SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Triple Distilled
James Rankine
Distilled 1981
Matured in American Oak refill casks
Bottled in 2007
Limited Edition
4710 Numbered Bottles
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

ROSEBANK  

16 years old

40 %      INFO                                          
1991
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled: March 1991
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottled: April 2007
Proprietors: United malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK   

16 years old

61,1 %                                              
CASK  STRENGHT  SINGLE   MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
1990
Region; Lowlands
Distilled; 27/6/90
Refill Sherry Butts
Cask Nos. 1605, 1606
Bottled; 30/3/06
Proprietors: United Malt & Grain Distillers
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

ROSEBANK    

13 years old

46 %                
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 27/11/91
Bottled 27/6/05
Matured  in a bourbon barrel
Cask no.   4726
Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ROSEBANK  

13 years old

46 %               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT   
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled:27/ll/91
Matured  in a bourbon barrel
Cask no:   4742
Bottled:   23/11/05
Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company,  N.L.

ROSEBANK    

over 13 years old  

56,9 %             
Lowland  
Single Malt  Scorch Whisky
BOTTLED  FOR  MANUFACTUM
Distilled:   27.11.1991
Matured  in a bourbon barrel
Cask No.:   4738
Bottled October 2005
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburg

ROSEBANK  

Aged 17 years

56,1 %  INFO
THE  SCOTCH  MALT  WHISKY
SOCIETY
Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Single Cask
SOCIETY  SINGLE  CASK  No.
25.46                             
Distilled July 1991
Cask type Refill Barrel Ex Bourbon
Outturn 228 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Lemonade in a buttercup meadow"

ROSEBANK

18 years old  

55 % INFO
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled July 1991
Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon
1 of 216 bottles
Society Single Cask No:  25.52
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
"Fresh and juicy collides with spicy heat"

ROSEBANK   

Aged  20 years  

55.9 %  INFO
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Society Single cask No. 25.53
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
Distilled April 1989
Outturn 297 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Pomanders and Powder puffs"

ROSEBANK  INFO
Aged  20 years  

53,8 %                                 
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled  1st July 1991
Cask type Refill Barrel / Ex Bourbon
Ouuturn / 1 of only 210 Bottles
Society Single Cask No. 25.59
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Boxing gloves and rapier thrusts"

Lowlands
ROSEBANK (1840 - 1993)

Camelon, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. Licentiehouder: The Distillers Agency Ltd. Onderdeel van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Het stichtingsjaar van Rosebank is niet zeker, Rosebank zou zijn gebouwd door John Smeaton in 1768 - 1773.
Rosebank wordt in 1817 - 1819 beschreven toen James Robertson de eigenaar was, maar waarschijnlijk stond de distilleerderij niet op dezelfde plaats als nu.
James Rankine, eerder kruidenier, kocht in 1840 de mouterij van de Camelon distilleerderij aan de oost zijde van het kanaal en begon met distilleren.
James Rankine breidde zijn distilleerderij aanzienlijk uit en kwam in financiële moeilijk-heden.
De reden voor de vestiging van een distilleerderij hier was het Forth & Clyde Canal, aan-zienlijke kolenvelden en voldoende water.
Camelon was in bedrijf als distilleerderij van 1826 - 1861.
R.W. Rankine, zijn zoon, herbouwde de distilleerderij in 1864 en richtte het gebouwencom-plex geheel op nieuw in.
Rankine sloopte de gebouwen van de gesloten Camelon distilleerderij en bouwde op dezelfde plaats een mouterij, die tot 1968 in bedrijf zouden blijven.
De beide gebouwencomplexen, aan weerszijden van het Forth and Clyde kanaal waren verbonden met een draaibrug.
In 1894 werd Rosebank een N.V.: Rosebank Distillery Ltd. Het aandelenkapitaal bedroeg E 120.000.
In 1897 werd het aandelenkapitaal aanzienlijk verhoogd; de whiskyboom was bijna op zijn hoogtepunt, en letterlijk iedereen wilde aandelen in de whiskyhandel, en vooral distil-leerderij en.
De whisky van Rosebank stond zo goed bekend en de vraag was zo groot, dat Rankine zijn afnemers op rantsoen kon zetten en als enigste zijn klanten rente liet betalen voor de tijd dat de whisky in zijn lagerpakhuizen rijpte.
Men produceerde toen 319.000 liter whisky per jaar en het produkt werd vooral verkocht in Edinburgh en Glasgow.
Dit waren de 'whiskyboom' jaren: Engeland was een wereldmacht, importeerde goedkope grondstoffen uit zijn koloniën en exporteerde industriële produkten naar dezelfde;gebieden.
Ook de binnenlandse consumptie steeg, er was werk en het uitgebuitte werkvolk dronk. Het aantal distilleerderijen steeg van 124 in 1890 tot 161 in 1899.
De instorting van de whiskymarkt werd ingeluid met het frauduleuze bankroet van de broers Robert en Walter Pattison op 8 Juni 1899.
Heel veel distilleerderijen moesten sluiten, blenders en handelaren gingen bankroet en banken kwamen in financiële moeilijkheden.
De ramp was enorm en de gevolgen nog groter, Charles Doig, de architekt van veel dis-tilleerderij en en uitvinder van het pagoda dak, voorspelde bij het bouwen van de Glen Elgin distilleerderij in 1898, dat het wel eens vijtig jaar zou kunnen duren voor er weer een nieuwe distilleerderij zou worden gebouwd, dat kwam uit, in 1958 werd The Tormore de eerste nieuw gebouwde distilleerderij in Schotland in die eeuw.

Rosebank doorstond de katastrofe relatief goed en overleefde tot Juli 1914 toen de Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd werd gevormd om produktie en afname met elkaar in overeenstemming te brengen.
Bijna alle malt whisky distilleerderijen werden op last van de regering gesloten van 1914 1919, om gerst te gebruiken voor de produktie van voedsel voor de bevolking, onder de wei-nige uitzonderingen was Rosebank.
De moeilijkheden voor de whiskyindustrie werden nog groter als gevolg van de Amerikaanse drooglegging en de daarop volgende economische crisis.
Ook in de tweede wereldoorlog werden bijna alle distilleerderijen gesloten, en weer was Rosebank één van de uitzonderingen.
In de periode na het bankroet van de Pattisons in 1899 tot aan de tweede wereldoorlog verdwenen heel veel van de tot dan zelfstandige distilleerderijen, blenders en handels-huizen of fuseerden of werden overgenomen door de almachtige Distillers Company Ltd. (D.C.L.).
Distilleerderijen werden gesloten en de voorraden afgebouwd, maar de voorraden waren zo enorm dat sommige distilleerderijen zestig jaar gesloten bleven, om ver na de tweede wereldoorlog weer te worden opgestart.
Sommigen waren tot dan maar enkele maanden in produktie geweest.
Rosebank overleefde al deze ellende, maar moest toch sluiten in Mei 1993, toen er weer een recessie heerste in de whiskyindustrie.
Was eerst de ligging van Rosebank een reden van zijn succes, werd nu mede zijn ondergang: de vaten met whisky moesten over een steeds drukker wordende verkeersweg worden gerold naar de lagerpakhuizen aan de andere kant en er kwamen niet voldoende toeristen om er een bezoekerscentrum van te maken.
Even gloorde er nog hoop, toen United Distillers, de opvolgers van de D.C.L. zijn heel succesvolle serie 'Classic Malts' zou uitbrengen, en werd overwogen Rosebank als Lowland malt in deze serie een plaats te geven, maar door velen betreurd in de Schotse whiskywereld, werd het Glenkinchie.
Rosebank had een heel grote reputatie en was heel geliefd bij blenders.
Rosebank werd drie maal gedistilleerd, het water kwam van de Carron Valley Reservoir en het koelwater uit het Forth and Clyde Canal.
Rosebank was de bepalende malt in de blend King George IV.
Er zijn geruchten dat Rosebank wellicht weer gedeeltelijk of alleen als museum weer zou worden geopend.
D.C.L, later United Distillers, had in zijn beginjaren een eigen export afdeling die in 1924 werd verzelfstandigd met als naam The Distillers Agency Ltd en als plaats van vestiging de Knockdhu distilleerderij, de eerste door D.C.L. nieuw gebouwde distilleerderij. (1893).
Toen Knockdhu sloot in 1983 werd The Distillers Agency Ltd de licentiehouder van Rosebank.
Het proceswater kwam van het Carron Valley Reservoir, het koelwater van het Forth and Clyde Canal.
Rosebank had drie ketels, één wash still en twee spirit stills.

October 2005
Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.

The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'.
In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Re-leases series.

Alfred Barnard visited the distillery a few years before the publication of his book, The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, 1887. Rosebank, he wrote, "is one mile from Falkirk, and half a mile from the River Carron, and is built on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal. It is not so isolated as many of the distilleries are, being placed by the main road, on which there is a con-stant stream of traffic, and also fronting the canal, where boats and steamers are continually passing to and fro".
The site, according to Barnard, "was chosen on account of the inexhaustible supply of water"; but it had other advantages. Its proximity to a coalfield must have reduced the cost of transport-ing fuel, and the canal provided an economic route for incoming barley and for consignments of whisky to Glasgow, Leith and other seaports.
Rosebank Distillery was recorded in 1817-19, when it was worked by James Robertson. Its history on the present site seems to have begun in 1840, when James Rankine, a former grocer, acquired the makings of the Camelon Distillery, on the east bank of the canal, and began operations as a distiller. Five years later, according to Barnard, "the buildings were considerably enlarged", and Rankine got into temporary financial difficulties. They were "entirely rebuilt in a modern form" by his son, R.W. Rankine, in 1864. Offices, described by Barnard as handsome and newly-built, were added later. The red-brick buildings, facing the canal and backing on to the road, were grouped around an interior courtyard, and designed to make the best use of a restricted space.
Rankine demolished the main buildings of the Camelon Distillery, on the west bank of the canal, in 1865, three years after it ceased trading, and replaced them with a makings. The two ranges of buildings were connected by a swing-bridge and covered three acres (1.2 hectares). They adjoined another two acres accommodating "the grounds and gardens of Rosebank House, one of the residences of Mr. Rankine", who lived mainly in Edinburgh.
Rankine achieved his object: to distil a whisky that would stand comparison with the best Scottish makes. By Barnard's day output had reached 120 gallons (310 litres), sold mainly to the Edinburgh and Glasgow markets. In the 1890's, at the height of the distillery boom, there was an extraordinary demand for the make and many customers had to be content with an allocation of a smaller amount than they had ordered. The proprietor was the only malt whisky distiller at that time who was able to charge his customers warehouse rent.
The business was converted into a limited liability company, under the name of Rosebank Distillery Ltd., in 1894. The share capital was £10, of which 0 Ordinary shares of £10 were allotted to Rankine as vendor, and 0 Preference shares of £10 were taken up

by others. Three years later, when James Rankine had become managing director, the capital was increased to allow an issue to the public of 0 Ordinary shares of £10 each at a price of £20. Despite the premium, the issue had an immediate success. Not long thereafter, the notorious failure of Pattison Brothers, a Leith blending company, created a redundancy of stocks on the whisky market; but prudent management enabled Rosebank Distillery Ltd. to stay the course until July 1914, when Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. was formed to concentrate the resources of five Lowland malt whisky distilleries, including Rose-bank, at a time of deepening recession in the industry.
All malt whisky distilleries were closed, by Government order, from 1917 to 1919, in the interest of conserving barley for foodstuffs. Rosebank was one of the few distilleries that remained in production throughout the second world war.
Rosebank and its surroundings have undergone major changes. In 1875 Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Scotland noted that Falkirk, "a busy town consisting chiefly of one long street", was then celebrated for its great "trysts" or fairs: "about 0 head of cattle are sold on these occasions and are brought from great distances - ponies from Shetland, sheep from Ross and Sutherlandshires, and horned cattle from the Western Isles". Murray added that Falkirk had "of late years acquired importance from its situation on the coalfield, as testified by the number of blazing ironworks and collieries". Today the cattle fairs are a thing of the past. The distillery has lost its original setting of wooded parkland, and is located in an industrial area.
There have been technological as well as environmental changes, but none which has affected the character or the reputation of Rosebank's make. In 1926 the malt mill, the screws and the elevator in the makings were worked by an electrically-driven motor, and the machinery in the distillery was driven by an overhead crank engine of 20 h.p., which was said to have been on duty for almost fifty years. Today the makings have vanished, and all power is supplied by the national electric grid.
Process water is drawn from the Carron Valley Reservoir, and cooling water from the Forth and Clyde Canal. This waterway, a monument to the first Industrial Revolution, built by John Smeaton in1768-73, has been closed to navigation. Its banks have been landscaped by the local authority.
Triple distillation is a characteristic of the process traditional to this distillery. It has one wash still and two spirit stills. Their furnaces were hand-fired with coal until 1959 when a mechanical stoker system was installed. Steam heating from an oil-fired boiler was substituted in 1972. Rosebank is one of the few distilleries to retain worm tubs, used to condense vapour passing up the wash still during the first distillation. They are set in the wall facing the road.
The distiller's licence is held by The Distillers Agency Ltd., of Edinburgh, proprietors of King George IV Scotch whisky and bottlers of Rosebank malt whisky.

THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd

Douglas House 18, Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow G 3 6 E Q.
In 1949 Fred Douglas Laing established Douglas Laing & Co primarily as a blender and bottler for his Scotch Whisky blends The King of Scots and House of Peers, which are available today internationally.
Large stocks and reserves of aging Malts in particular, were laid down by Mr. Laing, many being guarded for 25 - 30 years specifically for the older blends such as the 25 and 30 Year Old KING OF SCOTS.
With more than 50 different Malts in stock, over the last 50 years from filling programme, it was obvious that the Malt Master would have certain favourites. These have variously been chalked off the times of regular quality control, as being of particular qualitative interest; both commercially, and for the pleasure of the Directors. It has been their particular perk, benefit and privelege to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples indicative of the Distillers's art.
It was judged by the two current owners/directors (sons of the founder, so nepotism is not dead!) that some of these stocks were 'too good to blend'. And so the OLD MALT CASK selection was developed in 1999 to extend those perks and benefits beyond the Director's tasting suite!
Initially it was felt that 50 different Malts commemorating the Company's 50th Anniversary would be approciate. That tally has now been exeeded but our preferred strenght of 50 X ale/vol is maintained. We believe this strenght creates a fine, round, full quality for various Malts when taken 'neat'. It also allows the regular consumer to know precisely how much or little water should be added to this artisan and craftman's distillate.
These selected Malt Whiskies have waited many years to reach their classic heights of qua-lity. Not only with your health in mind, but with a view to greater enjoyment, may we suggest that in the style of the founder, whose signature endorses your Malt, you enjoy its glass leisurely and slowly.

1768 - 1773          Founded by John Smeaton
            
1798                    Stark brothers operate a distillery by the name Rosebank

1817                    James Robertson runs a distillery named Rosebank

1840                    James Rankine buys the malting of Camelon distillery
                           and builds the present distillery Rosebank

1845                    Rosebank expands

1846                    James Rankine is bankrupt

1846                    James Rankine continued

1861                    James Rankine buys the Camelon distillery on the west bank of
                           the Forth - Clyde canal

1864                    R.W. Rankine, son of James Rankine rebuilds Rosebank

1865                    Rankine demolishes Camelon Distillery but keeps the maltings
                           and connects the two sites bt a swing bridge

1894                    Rosebank Distillery Company is formed

1914                    Rosebank, Clydesdale, Glenkinchie, St. Magdalene and Grange form
                           Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.)

1919                    S.M.D. becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.)

1968                    The Camelon maltings is closed and partly demolished

1982                    D.C.L. launches the series The Ascot Malt Cellar with 8 years old
                           Rosebank,  12 years old Linkwood, Talisker 8 years old, Lagavulin
                           12 years old and two vatted malts: Strathconnan and Glenleven

1993                    Rosebank closes in June

2002                    British Waterways buys the buildings in May

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been passed
under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for release as a Society
bottling.

Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and delight our members are
selected, true to our motto: "To leave no nose upturned".

11 September 2013

Arran Brewery secured a 500.000 pound grant from Historic Scotland to bring Rosebank
Distillery back into operation.

Rosebank will open a brewery, micro - distillery and a visitors centre.

Rosebank was closed in 1993.

Proces water was drawn from the Carron Valley reservoir, a public water supply, this
water comes from the Bantaskine tract

Cooling water was drawn from the Clyde canal

Peat came from a moss about 6 kilometres from Rosebank distillery       

The malt used was crushed to grist by an old Robert Boby Mill, overhauld in 1983 and
installed in 1932 and came from Port Ellen

The mash tun was from cast iron   a copper top and with a capacity of 8.8 metric tones.

In full production 8 mashes a week were made and each mashing lasted 9 hours

There were 8 wooden was backs made from Scottish larch, and each with a capacity of
16000 litres

Rosebank practiced the two and a half dtsillation regime, and Rosebank had 3 onion - shaped stills, converted to indirect heating by oil firing via steam coils in 1970.

The was still had a capacity of 13.500 litres, the spirit still also 13.500 litres and the inter-
mediate still capacity was 6800 litres

Cooling was done via worms submerged in tubs, made from Scottish larch.

Output was 1.000.000 litres a year

Rosebank is rightly regarded as one of the finest – if not the finest – Lowland malt and yet its fame has, slightly bafflingly, never reached the same levels of hysteria as cult distilleries such as Port Ellen and Brora. Perhaps its meadow flower bouquet, gentle fruits and fresh citrus (derived through its triple distillation regime) are not in line with palates which want the big and the bold  – even though Rosebank’s worm tubs lend the whisky a thick palate texture.

Much of Rosebank’s history – and fate – has been dictated by the canal upon whose banks it sits. It made sense to build a distillery beside the Forth & Clyde, the waterway which linked Scotland’s east and west coasts, and therefore its two main cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It made less sense to have a distillery there when the canal was closed and choked by detritus. It makes sense to have a distillery open again now that the canal has been reopened and tourists are coming to Falkirk to look at the Wheel which lifts boats between the Union and the Forth & Clyde – but is it too late?

There are records of a family called Stark distilling on the wider site as early as 1798. In 1817, a distillery named Rosebank was operational for two years, while in 1827, the Stark family re-emerged to operate the Camelon distillery which sat on the opposite bank of the canal.

In 1840, what had been Camelon’s maltings were converted by James Rankine into the new Rosebank. Under the Rankine family’s control, Rosebank prospered. In 1861, the Camelon distillery buildings were demolished and a new maltings supplying Rosebank was built, with the malt being barrow-ed over the canal to the distillery on a bridge.

In 1914, Rosebank became one of the founding members of the Lowland conglomerate Scottish Malt Distillers [SMD] in 1914 which was folded into DCL in 1925.

It ran continuously, bar a brief wartime hiatus, until 1993 when it closed. The reason was not to do with quality – the malt was highly regarded – but the unwillingness of its then owner (at the time UDV) to pay an estimated £2m cost of upgrading its effluent treatment plant. Problems over road access were another contributory factor.

Rosebank could conceivably have been saved had it been chosen as the Lowland member of UDV’s [later Diageo’s] Classic Malts Selection which launched in 1988. After all, an 8-year-old had been part of DCL’s ‘Ascot Malt Cellar’ six years previously when the firm attempted, somewhat lackadaisically, to enter the malt market.

Legend has it that the decision to choose Glenkinchie was because Rosebank was next to a then closed, stagnant, canal and therefore not as much of a tourist destination.

The distillery site was sold in 2002 to British Waterways. There are now plans to restart production, though the new plant cannot be called Rosebank as Diageo still owns the trademark.

c1798
Distilling commences in the area, according to records
1817
A distillery called Rosebank becomes operational
1840
Rosebank is built by James Rankine on site of the old Camelon distillery maltings
1914
The distillery becomes a founding member of Scottish Malt Distillers
1925
Rosebank forms part of DCL
1988
An 8-year-old expression is launched
1993
The distillery is closed due to the cost of refurbishment
2002
The site is sold to British Waterways
OWNERS

Diageo logo
CURRENT OWNER

United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
Scottish Malt Distillers
1914 - 1925
Rosebank Distillery Limited
1894 - 1914
RW Rankine
1860 - 1894
James Rankine
1840 - 1860

ROSEBANK DISTILLERY SET TO REOPEN
October 2017
Rosebank, the coveted Lowland single malt Scotch whisky distillery which closed in 1993, is to be brought back to life by Ian Macleod Distillers.

New life: Rosebank is the third distillery this week set for revival
The company, owner of Glengoyne and Tamdhu single malts, has reached an agreement to buy Rosebank’s Falkirk site from current owner Scottish Canals, and has separately acquired the Rosebank trademark and stocks from the distillery’s previous owner, Diageo.

Up to £12m will be invested over the next few years to bring Rosebank back to production, with spirit running off the stills by 2019 at the earliest.

All equipment will have to be installed in the old distillery building, including three stills for triple distillation, plus worm tub condensers, in an effort to replicate Rosebank’s historic style of sweet, floral Lowland single malt.

Production capacity will be similar to that planned for the soon-to-be-revived Port Ellen and Brora distilleries – somewhere between 500,000 and 1m litres of alcohol a year.

Rosebank ceased production in 1993 when owner UDV (now Diageo) mothballed the site because of the cost of upgrading its effluent treatment plant, as well as problems over road access.

The site was sold to British Waterways in 2002, and the stills and mash tun were stolen during the Christmas and New Year holiday of 2008/9.

SCOTT JACKSON, ROSEBANK

Life-long Rosebank fan and Falkirk native Scott Jackson was inspired to start collecting whisky by his father-in-law. Now with the site’s reopening on the horizon, he tells Angus MacRaild what made him fall in love with the distillery in the beginning.

Rosebank romance: Scott Jackson has been collecting bottlings from his favourite local distillery for years
Who are you and what do you do?
‘I'm Scott Jackson, I’m operations manager for Ineos Chemicals in Grangemouth. I live in Falkirk with my wife and kids.’

What whisky do you collect and why?
‘I mainly collect Rosebank, my hometown distillery, plus old blends and grains but I've acquired bottles from most other distilleries over the last 30 years. I've been going to Islay for about 20 years so have picked up a fair number from there, particularly Ardbeg and Lagavulin, my second favourite distillery. I got into whisky because I like the aroma, taste and flavour. Also, I've always been interested in industrial history and I studied chemistry and engineering at university.
‘My father-in-law, John Watson, was the operations director for Drambuie, so that combination made it an obvious thing to do. We also had an old neighbour who had worked at Rosebank and I remember, as a kid, him telling stories about working there. My father-in-law helped to cultivate my palate with old bottles that he had tucked away from his career at Invergordon, Inver House and Drambuie. My first Rosebank was a Flora & Fauna from my local corner shop. I bought it for £32 with my Sunday morning papers. That must have been around 1993, about the time the distillery was closing.’

How has being a collector impacted on the rest of your life?
‘When I started collecting seriously it was mainly Rosebank and, although prices were modest by today’s standards, I still felt a little guilty at spending too much on whisky. Especially given we had a young family at the time. Though I'm lucky, my wife has always been supportive. There have been plenty of examples of compulsive and obsessive behaviour and queuing or travelling to get the latest release. I remember staying on Islay and driving up to Caol Ila at 5am to get the single cask Port Ellen that was released back in 2008. The German guys were there already of course, having camped out all night.
‘I’ve seen lots of queue jumping and selfish behaviour over the years but mostly it's been good-natured. In the last few years with the advent of online auctions I religiously scour the sites looking for certain bottles and have had mixed luck, sometimes paying over the odds. I've also gone through most of the stages of collecting behaviour, up to and including having bespoke furniture built to store and display some of my bottles. That all sounds a bit sad but I’ve really enjoyed the experience, the people I've met and the places I've been. I’m also involved in a wee amateur syndicate – we’ve bought and bottled a few casks over the years, which has been good fun.’

Given the prices of old bottles these days, has this affected the way you view your collection? Do you consider it more an investment?
‘Not really. The value, although nice, has never been my main motivation, certainly not in the case of the Rosebanks. At 52 I'm starting to feel I need to open and enjoy more of my bottles; I've got more whisky than I could ever realistically drink. I've yet to sell a single bottle anywhere but with the kids approaching university age I might want to sell some to balance the books. I know a lot of folks get quite hot under the collar about people flipping bottles for profit but I don't give it a second thought. Everyone is different – some buy, sell and collect for profit – that is totally up to them. I do get annoyed when I see people being greedy and doing underhand things to get multiple bottles purely for profit, causing others to miss out. That is disappointing but it won’t be stopped – capitalism at its worst.’

Are you pleased Rosebank will be revived? What are your hopes for the new distillery?
‘Delighted! It’s great for the town and Rosebank and Lowland fans everywhere. Along with the Falkirk distillery, it will be amazing to have two working distilleries in the town. I really hope they do it properly and make a good quality spirit and don't compromise on quality for profit. I know there will be plenty of commercial pressure but a good quality spirit, triple distilled in the traditional Lowland style, would be great. I don't mind if Ian Macleod Distillers (IMD) don’t recreate the original Rosebank profile as it will undoubtedly be different given changes in production methods and raw materials, but I hope they stick to the general Lowland style. I'd also like to see it bottled young, as it was originally. I've had some good old Rosebanks but some really woody ones too, and some cracking youngsters. An eight-year-old, triple distilled, floral, citrusy spirit would be a good starting point. I also hope they don't try to experiment with wood type too much either – stick to the well-established combinations. Having seen the plans that IMD have submitted for planning, the distillery building looks superb and it would be great to think that the old lady will become a hub for culture, distilling and business and a real focal point for Falkirk.’

What are your favourite Rosebanks from a drinking perspective?
‘The younger OBs [own bottlings] from the ‘70s and ‘80s were very good but generally Rosebank has been of variable quality to be fair. That’s one of the reasons it was closed. I think the recent 25-year-old OB was magnificent – a real citrus feast. Some of the SMWS [Scotch Malt Whisky Society] bottlings have been very good too. The last one, 25.70, was excellent – very balanced, sweet and fruity. Certainly not woody in any way, interestingly, as it was finished in a wine cask. Thankfully I didn't pick up any influence from that.’

What are your favourite bottles in your collection?
‘I've always liked the SMWS bottles, especially the earlier ones. I've got most of the 70 they have released so those are fairly treasured, although I'd love a 25.1. I've also got a nice flight of Cadenhead’s Rosebanks from 1989, and have a complete run from eight- right through to 21-years-old from that year, which I’m guessing is probably fairly unique. I also have quite a few King George IV blends from the ‘50s through to the ‘90s which were known to contain a fair bit of Rosebank. I remember as a kid seeing the big name of KG IV on the bond, which is now the Beefeater restaurant in Camelon – you can still see the outline of the lettering on the building if you look closely. Like most whisky drinkers/collectors all of the bottles mean something, but some more than others. I’ve got a Cadenhead 1966 Rosebank from the month after I was born so that's quite special too.’

Missing element: Just one bottle is missing from Jackson’s collection of SMWS Rosebank: 25.1

What would be your holy grail bottle or bottles to find?
‘Easy! SMWS 25.1 [the first Rosebank bottled by SMWS].’

What are your go-to everyday drams?
‘Generally normal strength blends or Highland or Speyside drams, nothing too heavy. I really like Johnnie Walker Green Label which I think is still great value for money. I’d also say, pound for pound, Lagavulin 16 is hard to beat, although it’s a reflective “late at night in front of the fire” kind of dram.

What are the best whiskies you have ever tasted?
‘Macallan 1958 (Campbell, Hope & King); Rosebank 1981, 25-year-old; 1909 Overholt Rye (at the Old & Rare Whisky Show in Glasgow last year); Lagavulin 1966, 50-year-old (straight from the cask in the warehouse); Royal Lochnagar 1966 35-year-old; an ex-Drambuie bottling labelled as ‘Old Crathie’; and Glencraig 1974 36-year-old (SMWS 104.13).’

What has been the greatest whisky experience of your life so far?
‘A few spring to mind. I managed to persuade British Waterways to let me tour Rosebank many years ago, around 2000. Just me, my father-in-law, the night watchman and his dog. It was an eerily quiet, almost surreal experience and such a pilgrimage for me. I had a wee hip flask with me and toasted the old lady in the still room – a magic moment. From a tasting perspective I have to say that the Old & Rare show last year, and then again this year, have been incredible. To be able to taste some of the legendary drams on offer is truly amazing. The SMWS tasting at this year’s show was an incredible experience – I’ll never forget tasting 1.1, 2.2 and 63.1. The other tasting that will never be forgotten was a “lock in” at Lagavulin a few years back the year they had a 1966 cask in the warehouse. We were treated to a very generous dram of that nectar from the year I was born – a brilliant day for sure.’

‘Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought-after single malts in the world,’ said Ian Macleod Distillers managing director Leonard Russell.

‘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.’

He added: ‘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.’

Plans also include a visitor centre on the site ‘to help tell the story of this remarkable whisky’, said Russell.

In the meantime, the company plans to release Rosebank single malt bottlings using the stocks acquired from Diageo, which date from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

‘Over the coming months we will carefully review Rosebank’s rare stocks with a view to releasing some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies,’ said Russell.

The news of Rosebank’s revival comes just a day after Diageo announced plans to restart production at two of its cult distilleries: Port Ellen and Brora.

ROSEBANK BACK TO LIFE
October 2017
First Port Ellen and Brora, now Rosebank… the vogue for reviving ‘lost’ distilleries continues. The Falkirk plant – currently just an empty shell – may be producing spirit within a couple of years under new owner Ian Macleod Distillers.

Rosebank Leonard Russell
Starting again: Ian Macleod MD Leonard Russell aims to recreate the classic Rosebank style
There are ghosts walking among us… We’re not even halfway through the week, and already three ‘lost’ single malt Scotch whisky distilleries are set for revival. On Monday it was Port Ellen and Brora, on Tuesday it was Rosebank. Who knows what the rest of the week might bring?

If Diageo’s plans for Port Ellen and Brora were a bolt from the blue, the resurrection of Rosebank has been rumoured for some time. Here, it was the identity of the new operator – Glengoyne and Tamdhu owner Ian Macleod Distillers – that was the surprise.

Rosebank’s quintessentially Lowland style of single malt, triple-distilled and famed for its floral, high-toned elegance, has made it almost as much of a cult favourite among collectors and connoisseurs as that redoubtable Diageo double act.

The plant closed in 1993, a decade later than Port Ellen and Brora, and, unlike those two, it wasn’t shut down because its spirit was unwanted; then owner UDV (now Diageo) was reluctant to pay for remedial works to the site’s effluent treatment plant, and there were reported problems with road access.

By 2002, Diageo had sold the site to British Waterways (it sits astride the Forth & Clyde Canal); the old maltings were redeveloped and, although there were plans to revive production, Rosebank’s stills and mash tun were stolen during the Christmas and New Year break of 2008/9.

More recently, rumours have swirled about Rosebank’s return, but the huge sticking-point for those who looked at the site was the fact that Diageo still owned the Rosebank trademark. Now that has changed.

‘We’re possibly one of the few companies who could reach an agreement with Diageo for the IP [trademark] and the stock,’ says Gordon Doctor, operations director at Ian Macleod, which has a long-standing relationship with Diageo in terms of providing fillings for blends. ‘I don’t think other people could have done this.’

Not forgotten: If anything, the legend of Rosebank has grown since it closed in 1993

Why didn’t Diageo do it, in that case? ‘Had they still owned the site, I can imagine that they would. They might have been announcing a “holy trinity” yesterday of Brora, Port Ellen and Rosebank,’ says Doctor.

‘In our minds, we had a Speyside single malt [Tamdhu] and a Highland [Glengoyne], so we thought about building a Lowland distillery, and that got us round to saying: “What has there been in the past?” We knew [the site] was up for sale and that someone else had looked at it.’

In terms of that site, Ian Macleod is essentially buying an empty shell following the theft of the equipment. Plans – which could cost £10-12m, Doctor estimates – include the installation of a set of three stills for Rosebank’s triple distillation regime, plus worm tub condensers.

‘We don’t have a schedule as such,’ he says. ‘It’s all subject to planning permission and the regulatory authorities and so on. We’ve already been having discussions with Falkirk District Council, so we’re hopeful that there won’t be too many barriers… I think it would be beginning of 2019 at the earliest [that we start production].’

And is he confident that the company can overcome the issues that led UDV to mothball the site in the first place? ‘We’re fairly sure we can handle it, although the location in the middle of Falkirk makes it more difficult. If you were building or reopening a distillery, you probably wouldn’t choose to do it on that site.’

Rosebank’s planned production capacity will be similar to that of the ‘new’ Port Ellen and Brora: between 500,000 and 1m litres of alcohol a year, almost certainly entirely ring-fenced for single malt.

However, Doctor says: ‘We’re unlikely to be running at full capacity for the first few years. Full production means you’re producing a lot of cases, so you’d have to be pretty confident that you could sell a fair amount.’

Ian Macleod, like Diageo with Port Ellen and Brora, has already pledged to recreate as far as possible the historic style of Rosebank whisky – not easy when none of the kit is left in the distillery.

Existing supplies of Rosebank will fill the gap before production begins again

‘We will go back to the drawings that we will get from Diageo with Abercrombies [the coppersmith] and make sure it’s all built exactly the way it was,’ says Doctor. He believes the records are detailed, but admits that there will be some ‘trial and error’ in the early days of the new plant.

‘We might be able to find some old new make spirit lying in the Diageo Archive,’ he adds. ‘We’re hopeful that we’ll have access to that. We’ve also got samples through the years of Rosebank at different ages.’

For the moment, the focus in on this: triple-distilled single malt in the classic Rosebank Lowland mould. ‘Initially, I think it’s going to be doing everything we can to replicate what we did before,’ says Doctor. ‘But that’s not to say in years to come that whoever’s running the distillery won’t want to try something different. There’s no harm in experimenting.’

It will be some time before we see whisky from the ‘new’ Rosebank, however. ‘I don’t think we’ll be bottling any new make, unlike some others,’ says Doctor wryly. ‘Nor will we be bottling it on its third birthday.

‘It will come down to the spirit quality. If we believe there’s something after five or six years that people might like to taste, then fine. But we’re not driven by profit on this. We’ll bring it out when the time is right.’

As with Port Ellen and Brora, much intrigue will surround the cask policy at the revived Rosebank – an area that has developed hugely in single malt terms since the 1980s and 1990s.

Historic home: Rosebank’s location is not entirely practical in the modern age

‘If you look back at any old, old stock in a distillery, it’s almost a lucky bag if you find any decent casks,’ says Doctor. ‘We found out that going back to Tamdhu casks from the ’60s. You can find some great casks, and some pretty average casks.’

Now it’s all about the appliance of science, toasting levels, bespoke casks coopered and seasoned in Spain. ‘We put a lot more effort into that side of things now,’ Doctor says. ‘It will be experimental. I’d imagine we’d put Rosebank into a variety of casks to see how it will mature.’

For the moment, the company has Diageo’s existing stocks from the distillery to market and sell – all of it distilled in the late 1980s and early 1990s, none of it less than 25 years old. Casks need to be investigated; bottles and labels designed. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a release of old Rosebank stock until some time in 2018.

In the meantime, and as detailed plans are drawn up for the distillery’s new beginning, Doctor has just one more task on his already lengthy to-do list: finding and acquiring more casks of Rosebank.

‘There’ll be other stocks out there with independent bottlers and so on,’ he says, ‘and it’ll be my job to try to repatriate them.

‘Whether I’ll be successful or not we will see… The price has probably gone up a bit since yesterday.’

Rosebank is rightly regarded as one of the finest – if not the finest – Lowland malt and yet its fame has, slightly bafflingly, never reached the same levels of hysteria as cult distilleries such as Port Ellen and Brora. Perhaps its meadow flower bouquet, gentle fruits and fresh citrus (derived through its triple distillation regime) are not in line with palates which want the big and the bold  – even though Rosebank’s worm tubs lend the whisky a thick palate texture.

Much of Rosebank’s history – and fate – has been dictated by the canal upon whose banks it sits. It made sense to build a distillery beside the Forth & Clyde, the waterway which linked Scotland’s east and west coasts, and therefore its two main cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It made less sense to have a distillery there when the canal was closed and choked by detritus. It makes sense to have a distillery open again now that the canal has been reopened and tourists are coming to Falkirk to look at the Wheel which lifts boats between the Union and the Forth & Clyde – but is it too late?

There are records of a family called Stark distilling on the wider site as early as 1798. In 1817, a distillery named Rosebank was operational for two years, while in 1827, the Stark family re-emerged to operate the Camelon distillery which sat on the opposite bank of the canal.

In 1840, what had been Camelon’s maltings were converted by James Rankine into the new Rosebank. Under the Rankine family’s control, Rosebank prospered. In 1861, the Camelon distillery buildings were demolished and a new maltings supplying Rosebank was built, with the malt being barrow-ed over the canal to the distillery on a bridge.

In 1914, Rosebank became one of the founding members of the Lowland conglomerate Scottish Malt Distillers [SMD] in 1914 which was folded into DCL in 1925.

It ran continuously, bar a brief wartime hiatus, until 1993 when it closed. The reason was not to do with quality – the malt was highly regarded – but the unwillingness of its then owner (at the time UDV) to pay an estimated £2m cost of upgrading its effluent treatment plant. Problems over road access were another contributory factor.

Rosebank could conceivably have been saved had it been chosen as the Lowland member of UDV’s [later Diageo’s] Classic Malts Selection which launched in 1988. After all, an 8-year-old had been part of DCL’s ‘Ascot Malt Cellar’ six years previously when the firm attempted, somewhat lackadaisically, to enter the malt market.

Legend has it that the decision to choose Glenkinchie was because Rosebank was next to a then closed, stagnant, canal and therefore not as much of a tourist destination.

The distillery site was sold in 2002 to British Waterways.

However in October 2017 whisky blender and bottler revealed plans to purchase the site from British Waterways, and reopen the distillery. The company also separately acquired the Rosebank trademark from Diageo.

Rosebank distillery is expected to be operational again by 2019 at the earliest.

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
Scottish Malt Distillers
1914 - 1925
Rosebank Distillery Limited
1894 - 1914
RW Rankine
1860 - 1894
James Ra

IAN MACLEOD DISTILLERS
Ian Macleod Distillers is based at Broxburn, West Lothian, and owns Glengoyne distillery in Stirlingshire and Tamdhu distillery at Knockando on Speyside. Its principal blended brands are Isle of Skye, Smokehead and King Robert, though a range of independent bottlings are also undertaken under the ‘As We Get it’ Chieftain’s and Dun Bheagan banners. As the world’s 10th largest Scotch whisky company, Macleod’s produce and sell over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.

The firm is a major supplier to the ‘buyers’ own brand’ market and has provided own-label spirits to some of Europe's largest supermarket groups for over 40 years. Macleod’s owns 50% of Broxburn Bottlers, with the other 50% being held by J&G Grant of Glenfarclas. The chairman of Ian Macleod is founder Peter Russell, whose son Leonard serves as managing director.

Peter Russell’s father Leonard started out in business as a whisky broker in 1936, expanding into blending and exporting. Peter joined the firm in 1956, and the name Ian Macleod & Co and its Isle of Skye blended Scotch whisky brand was acquired by what had become Peter J Russell & Co in 1963. Ian Macleod & Co had been incorporated in 1933. The unspecified Islay single malt Smokehead, with a singularly contemporary image, was introduced in 2006.

The company achieved a long-held ambition of becoming a distiller when it purchased Glengoyne from The Edrington Group for £7.2 million in 2003. A second distillery, Tamdhu, was acquired from Edrington eight years later, and reopened in 2012 having been mothballed since 2009.

In September 2016 the company bought whisky blender and gin distiller Spencerfield Spirit Company for an undisclosed sum, adding the Pig's Nose, Feathery and Sheep Dip blended Scotch whiskies, and Edinburgh Gin brand to its portfolio.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS
Duncan MacGregor
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Tress
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glengoyne
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Hedges & Butler
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Isle of Skye
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
King Robert II
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Langs
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Pig's Nose
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Rosebank
LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Sheep Dip
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Smokehead
ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Tamdhu
SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The Feathery
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The Queen's Seal
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
The Six Isles
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Thomson's
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
Hedges and Butler Limited
Lang Brothers
Spencerfield Spirit Company

ROSEBANK DISTILLERY SET TO REOPEN IN 2020
October 2018
Cult ‘lost’ distillery Rosebank hopes to reopen in autumn 2020 as plans to resurrect the Lowland single malt await council approval.
Rosebank distillery artist's impression
Fresh start: Plans to restart distillation at Rosebank are currently with Falkirk Council
Ian Macleod Distillers, which announced plans to revive Rosebank a year ago today (10 October), wants to demolish most of the old distillery, replacing it with an ‘efficient, contemporary building’, according to proposals lodged with Falkirk Council.
The ‘historically significant’ buildings alongside the Forth & Clyde Canal will be retained and refurbished for use as a visitor centre, café, tasting room, shop and exhibition space.
Rosebank ceased production in 1993 when then owner UDV (now Diageo) mothballed the site; most of the distillery equipment, including the stills and mash tun, was stolen in late 2008, and its maltings were converted into a Beefeater restaurant.
‘It’s derelict now,’ Robbie Hughes, group distillation manager at Ian Macleod Distillers, told Scotchwhisky.com. ‘The pigeons have taken over, doing what pigeons do best. It’s a horrible-looking site.’
Plans for Rosebank’s revival, which could cost up to £12m, were lodged with Falkirk Council during the summer, and Ian Macleod hopes to have a final decision in the next few weeks.
‘There’s a lot of enthusiasm for this,’ said Hughes. ‘The people of the town want this to happen, the council wants this to happen. We’re 97% of the way there [with securing planning permission].’
The new distillery will have three stills for triple distillation, plus worm tub condensers, aiming to mirror as closely as possible Rosebank’s historic and much-loved style.
There are records of the process and new make spirit style from 1970s but, said Hughes, these were of limited use. ‘Things have moved on so much since then … It’s triple distillation, so there are a lot more permutations.’
The only piece of equipment likely to survive from the old distillery is the mill – which was second-hand, coming to Rosebank from Port Ellen on Islay during the 1930s.
Early forecasts that the distillery could be operational as early as 2019 have proven ambitious. ‘I think we’re likely to be operating two years from now, in autumn 2020,’ said Hughes.
The new Rosebank will have a production capacity of up to 1m litres of pure alcohol a year, with no intention to release young whiskies. ‘We don’t need to do that,’ said Hughes.
‘We’ll release the cask when the quality is right, not just to make money … We might look at a smaller cask at eight years, like a Bourbon barrel, if the quality’s right – but it’s more likely to be 10 or 12 years.’
Ian Macleod is still to purchase the Rosebank site – the acquisition from current owner Scottish Canals is contingent on planning permission – but has already bought the Rosebank brand and stocks from Diageo.
The company expects to use these stocks for official Rosebank releases in 2019 of ‘one or two’ single cask bottlings, likely to date from the late 1980s or early 1990s.
When open, the new Rosebank hopes to attract up to 50,000 visitors a year to its visitor centre and distillery tours.
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