A RENOWNED whisky distillery in Falkirk is to be revived by Ian Macleod Distillers in what the company’s managing director called an “extraordinary” project, writes Kevin Scott.

Rosebank Distillery has been closed since 1993 and will now be reawakened with an investment that will see production return and existing stocks bottled and made available.

“Rosebank is one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world,” declared Leonard Russell. “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.”

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Rosebank was mothballed by Diageo forbear United Distillers, and Ian Macleod has now struck a deal with the spirits giant to acquire the trademark and existing stocks. A separate deal with Scottish Canals sealed the purchase the site on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

“Our investment goes way beyond production,” said Mr Russell. “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 heritage.”

Ian Macleod confirmed that over the coming months its whisky experts would carefully review Rosebank’s rare stocks with a view to releasing what Mr Russell described as “some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies”.

He added: “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.”

The acquisition comes the day after Diageo itself announced plans to recommence production at two other “lost” distilleries, in Port Ellen and Brora, in a £35 million project.