Monday, February 10, 2020


Ian Macleod Distillers, has today announced the launch of two new limited-edition, single cask expressions from the Rosebank Distillery, which will be available via an online ballot.

Rosebank 1993 - Cask Number 433 (53.3% ABV) which is limited to 280 bottles, and Rosebank 1993 – Cask Number 625 (50.4% ABV) which is limited to 259 bottles, were both matured in a refill Bourbon hogshead casks, and distilled in the year of the distillery’s closure and the last time spirit ran through the original stills.
Ian Macleod Distillers launches two new Rosebank expressions

Situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Rosebank lay dormant for 25 years. It ceased production in 1993 when former owner UDV (now Diageo), mothballed the site and its maltings were converted into a restaurant.

Ian Macleod Distillers acquired the Rosebank brand and last remaining stocks in October 2017, and in January 2019 they were granted planning permission to revive the distillery on its original site. In November 2019, construction officially began on the highly anticipated redevelopment.

Rosebank 1993 Cask Number 433, is said to have a delicate and refined on the nose - with hints of vanilla, mango, raspberry, barley sugar and lavender. Silky and light on the tongue, giving way to complex flavours of cranachan and lemon, with gentle floral notes, marzipan and faint spice.

Rosebank 1993 Cask Number 625, is said to have a warm banana loaf aroma with hints of white chocolate, spearmint, Victoria sponge and dried pineapple, along with notes of shortbread, chamomile tea, dried herb, citrus, tropical fruit, lime and gentle spice.

Commenting on the news, Robbie Hughes, Group Distillation Manager for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We are incredibly excited and proud to be releasing our first official bottlings of Rosebank since the distillery’s closure in 1993 – a pivotal milestone for us in bringing back to life this quintessential Lowland malt. These expressions, though distinct in character, are both shining examples of Rosebank’s peerlessly smooth, fruity character. We know both are highly anticipated by whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike, so we expect great demand from our ballots."

He went onto say: “With the distillery’s redevelopment well underway, it’s a terrifically exciting chapter for Ian Macleod Distillers and Rosebank. We look forward to keeping fans updated with the distillery’s progress and releasing more unique and rare whiskies for fans across the world to savour in the coming years.”

Initially only 100 bottles of each of the new Rosebank 1993’s will be available (RRP £2500,00) They will be available through a ballot on February 14th, via Followed by a general release on February 18th.

Posted by Steve Rush