Landmark moment as stills arrive at Rosebank Distillery

Rosebank Lowland Single Malt Whisky has taken one big step closer to its distillery revival, with three bespoke stills being installed made to the exact dimensions of the originals.


Rosebank’s much-loved signature style was created through a unique combination of triple distillation and worm-tub condensing. The former creates a lighter style of spirit, while the latter gives the liquid a rich thickness.


To replicate the distinctive Rosebank style, Ian Macleod Distillers secured the original still blueprints from Abercrombie Coppersmiths when purchasing the distillery to enable it to replicate the distillation process used three decades ago.


The blueprints were then passed to renowned still-makers, Forsyths, who have gone to great lengths to emulate the originals. The stills have been meticulously crafted to the exact dimensions of those used on-site three decades ago, ensuring every step is taken to emulate that celebrated Lowland spirit of years gone by.


Rosebank Distillery Still By Charley Bicknell Jd 5 Min

Copper stills in Rosebank Distillery © Charley Bicknell (JD)


Obtaining the original blueprints was imperative as the Rosebank stills are “quite different from your average still”, according to Malcolm Rennie (Distillery Manager). He added: “The wash still in particular appears to have its traditional swan neck lopped off and capped and the lyne arm attached to the side of the neck, while the Spirit still is on the shorter dumpier side. All these variations in shape and size are what ultimately contribute further complexity to the Rosebank spirit.”


Externally, the Rosebank distillery has made great progress in recent months and is set to be completed by late summer 2022. Its distinctive 108ft chimney is now complemented by a contemporary sloping, stepped roof.


This mix of original and modern architecture is an apt metaphor for how the distillery is being brought back to life while still respecting its distillation style and local legacy.

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