Rosebank is regarded as one of—if not the—finest Lowland malt Whisky. Its reputation has never reached fever pitch, though, meaning you might be able to snag some without too much trouble. Wildflower on the nose, gentle stonefruit and bright citrus cater to paletes that seek a balanced, elegant profile.
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For what was described by the experts as one of the best distilleries in the world, the Rosebank has met an ignonimous end. Sold to British Waterways in 2002, the site is being developed into restaurants and apartments.
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During its operating life, Rosebank Distillery was founded in the town of Camelon, on the banks of theForth and Clyde Canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The historic buildings on the site include those taken and refurbished from a previous neighbor, the old Camelon Distillery.
The Rosebank Distillery was founded in 1840, by a man named James Rankine. The Rosebank moniker was chosen for the flowers, which grew along the banks of the nearby canal. Rosebank enjoyed early success and expanded within 5 years of its first production.
Rosebank was one of the founding distilleries of the Scottish Malt Distillers, the group formally coming into being in 1914. Rosebank was mothballed in 1993, and sold to the British Waterways Board in 2002.
Rosebank's water was sourced from the Carrow Valley Reservoir. As is characteristic of Lowland malts, Rosebank was triple-distilled, making for a fine, floral malt that has been described by many as archetypal of the Lowland style. Stocks of the last Flora and Fauna bottling from 2007 can still be found.