Although I have been an avid reader of this forum for some time, this is my first post, so please bear with me. Congrats on some very well informed posts - it never ceases to amaze me that enthusiasts from all parts of the world seem to know more about Scotland's ditilleries than many of the locals.
Anyway, I live in Falkirk (hence the username) and am an avid collector of Rosebank (170 bottles and counting). Through British Waterways, I toured the distillery as recently as 2 years ago and was amazed to see that it was fully intact at that time - all equipment was in place, with the electrical switchgear tested twice yearly. The washbacks were still full of water to stop them drying out and the place was immaculate - it is no exaggeration to say that someone could have turned up and got the old girl back into life immediately.
It was indeed a crime that Diageo sacrificed the true queen of the lowlands for Glenkinchie in the early 90's, believing they could market it better on the basis of the strong links with Edinbugh, even although it is not even a classic triple distilled lowlander (I have nothing against Glenkinchie by the way).
The current status of the Rosebank site is that most of the warehousing has been removed and replaced with flats. However, the mash and stillhouses are still in place and I believe the stills are still intact, so you never know !!. In my heart of hearts, however, I don't believe a resurrection is possible, as planning permission has been granted to turn the remainder of the site into office space and, wait for it, a theme bar - of all the humiliations they could heap on the place, they really will be choosing the daddy if they go through with that plan - what a heartbreaker !.
I did have some hope a couple of years ago when the local authorities were making positive noises about trying to trade on the industial heritage of the area and tie this into the tourist boom associated with the canal upgrade and Falkirk Wheel development. However, this all went cold quite quickly and the planning permission was granted around that time, ultimately sealing the fate of the current site - our local authorities are not really famed for their creativity when "business" is at stake I'm afraid.
So, looks like hope is lost for the current site but distilling on a new site - why not ?. I must admit that I hadn't given this much thought until this thread appeared, being a bit of a purist and all that. If anyone is out there looking at this possibility, count me in !.