Rosebank Whisky arrives in Australia

Rosebank Whisky, once known as King of the Lowlands, has announced the first in a series of annual limited edition releases.

There are just 4,350 bottles available worldwide of Rosebank 30 Year Old (RRP £1,650), a hand-selected vintage laid down in 1990, shortly before the distillery’s closure in 1993.

The limited-edition bottles are marked Release One, a nod to this new chapter in Rosebank’s legacy.

There will be a new limited-edition Rosebank release each year, bridging the gap until the first “new” Rosebank spirit under new owner, Ian Macleod Distillers.

Rosebank Whisky 30 Year Old Lowland Single Malt

Ian Macleod Distillers group distillation manager Robbie Hughes said: “The first global release of Rosebank 30 Year Old is a truly iconic moment for the distillery.”

“It has matured in 62 per cent refill sherry butts and 38 per cent refill bourbon hogsheads for decades, patiently waiting to be awoken, and delivers layers of incredible flavour that you won’t find in other whiskies.”

Ian Macleod Distillers

The launch of Rosebank 30 Year Old follows the release of two limited edition single cask whiskies in February (Cask No. 433 and Cask No. 625) and a Travel Retail exclusive 1990 Vintage Release in March.

Ian Macleod Distillers acquired the Rosebank brand and last remaining stocks in October 2017 and were granted planning permission to revive the distillery on its original site in January 2019.

Rosebank Whisky Falkirk project

In November 2019, construction officially began on the highly anticipated redevelopment – with expansive plans for a 1,000-square metre, energy-efficient distillery, including a state-of-the-art visitor centre, tasting room, shop and warehouse among the canal-side buildings.

Once open, Rosebank Distillery is expected to generate 25 full-time jobs and attract around 50,000 visitors a year to the Central Lowland town of Falkirk.

It will offer a wide range of distillery tours, with some featuring the very last drams of Rosebank distilled prior to the 1993 closure.

Lowland whisky investment

Rosebank Whisky is among several new and revitalised distilleries breathing life into the Lowland region.

Bladnoch Distillery had been mothballed for a decade when it was acquired by Australian businessman David Prior in 2015.

Production was restored at Annandale Distillery in 2014 under new owner Professor David Thomson, after it had lain dormant for almost 100 years.

And in 2009, William Grant & Sons opened the Ailsa Bay Distillery at its Lowland production site in Girvan, where Bladnoch’s new master distiller Dr Nick Savage had an 18-month stint before joining Macallan.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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