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Issue 150 - Rosebank The King of Wings

Whisky Magazine Issue 150
April 2018


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Rosebank The King of Wings

As Ian Macleod Distillers plans to resurrect one of Scotlandís most cherished distilleries, we have a look behind the scenes

There is something intriguing about derelict buildings, that whiff of decay, rust, patina and cobwebs but also, in the case of Rosebank, the light of hope.

Before Ian Macleod Distillers starts to bring this ëKing of the Lowlandsí back to its former glory, the company sent in a photographer to capture the time capsule of a mothballed distillery, where things other than Mother Nature have stood still since 1993.

What has been captured by the photography firm Contagious is amazing. Washbacks, with their switchers rusting slowly, abandoned warehousing with the dust dancing in the wintery sunshine and the peeling paint and smashed window of the workshop. If you are a fan of whisky, there is a romance to the place, a faded glory that now stands on the edge of being revitalised.

Ian Macleod MD Leonard Russell said that since the news had been released, the response to Rosebankís return had been overwhelming.

He added, "We got so many messages of congratulations from Falkirk residents too many of whom fondly remember the distillery when it was working and also from a few people who worked there before. Lots of people have already registered on our website to keep up with our developments and to hear about our future, very limited releases of old Rosebank. I am so pleased with this reaction and I donít underestimate the responsibility we have undertaken in reviving Rosebank to its original glory.

"Rosebank has been dubbed ëthe King of the Lowlandsí and the late wh...

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