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Ian Macleod to revive Rosebank distillery

Scotch whisky producer Ian Macleod Distillers is set to restart production at Lowland distillery Rosebank in Falkirk.

Ian Macleod Distillers is set to revive Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk

Known for its Lowland single malts, the distillery closed in 1993, when previous owner Diageo mothballed the building.

Ian Macleod Distillers, maker of the Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead Scotch brands, has entered into a binding agreement with Scottish Canals to purchase the site. The company has also acquired the Rosebank trademark, along with the distillery’s existing casks, from Diageo.

The distiller said its plans include a visitor centre to help tell the story of the Lowland single malt.

“Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world,” said Leonard Russell, managing director of Ian Macleod.

“To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The history of the Rosebank Distillery dates back to 1840, when James Rankine acquired the maltings of the Camelon Distillery, located on the opposite side of the Forth & Cyde canal to the main distillery.

Russell added: “The distillery has a very special place in Scotland’s 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.

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

“We have no doubt that demand for these releases will be exceptionally high.”

The revival follows Diageo’s £35 million (US$46m) investment to revive two cult distilleries, Port Ellen and Brora, also announced this week.

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