Ian Mcleod strikes double deal to resurrect Rosebank distillery

Ian Macleod Distillers plans to resurrect Scotland’s Rosebank distillery after buying the site and trademark in separate deals.

The company has bought the brand from Diageo and entered into a binding agreement to buy the distillery itself from Scottish Canals.

The news comes in the same week that Diageo gave the industry a fillip with an announcement that it was to bring production back to Scotland’s Port Ellen and Brora distilleries.

Ian Mcleod managing director Leonard Russell said: “Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world.

“As such, this is an extraordinarily exciting project for us. To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“The distillery has a very special place in Scotland’s whisky heritage and we are committed to ensuring this is the case.

“We will produce Rosebank Lowland single malt in exactly the same way as it is known, using the famous triple distillation and worm tub condensers. This way we ensure the revival of its classic style and taste.”

“Our investment goes way beyond production. We are looking to develop a Rosebank visitor centre to help tell the story of this remarkable whisky - as well as safeguard the atmospheric canal-side Bond and its important heritage.” 

The acquisition includes existing stocks of whisky in casks.

“Over the coming months we will carefully review Rosebank’s rare stocks with a view to releasing some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies,” said Russell. 

“We have no doubt that demand for these releases will be exceptionally high so we already have plans in place to make sure collectors and Rosebank lovers can keep up to date.”