Some good news for Scotch whisky fans from The Whiskey Wash about the reopening of the Rosebank distillery, near Falkirk, with a new visitor centre alongside. Unfortunately, the original maltings were demolished many years ago but the owners confirm they will keep the iconic chimney and many historic buildings in their plans for the new distillery.

The once legendary Rosebank distillery in Scotland was known in its heyday as the “King of the Lowlands.” It was established in 1840, going through various owners in the ensuing years before finally being mothballed by what would eventually become Diageo in 1993. It most recently was acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers, in what is shaping up to be a very ambitious plan to restore it to whisky making greatness. Now word has come down of local zoning approval to let its revival go forward.

Previous plans to resurrect, what was considered a classic lowland malt, were dealt a blow in 2008 when the original Rosebank stills and other equipment were stolen by metal thieves.

The new Rosebank Distillery is close to the iconic Kelpies

There seem to be lots of distilleries planned for reopening in the next few years, many with extensive visitor centres. It’s exciting to see a new lowland distillery emerge, albeit one channeling the branding of a lost malt, in an area that’s seen a lot of regeneration in recent years. With the amazing Falkirk Wheel and the iconic Kelpies close by visitors will soon have another attraction to visit in what was once the heart of Scottish industry,

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