The Rosebank distillery closed in 1993 and was then acquired by Scottish spirits firm Ian Macleod Distillers in October 2017. In November of 2019, a restoration of the site, including the construction of a 1,000 square meter energy-efficient distillery, a visitor centre, a tasting room, and a shop and warehouse, was undertaken, and now we’re beginning to see the first of what has been promised to be a series of annual, limited-edition releases. This first release is a 30-year-old 1990 vintage.
“The first global release of Rosebank 30 Year Old is a truly iconic moment for the distillery,” says Robbie Hughes, the group distillation manager for Ian Macleod Distillers. “It has matured in 62 per cent refill sherry butts and 38 per cent refill bourbon hogsheads for decades, patiently waiting to be awoken, and delivers layers of incredible flavour that you won’t find in other whiskies.”
Only 4,350 bottles of the non-chill filtered 30 Year Old will be made available worldwide. Each year a new release will be offered, making this year’s the Release One. If you are one of the first 200 people to scan the QR code on the Release One bottle’s neck collar, you’ll be given the opportunity to be among the first to taste Release Two in 2021 at the nearest high-end bar or whisky retailer. Rosebank describes Release One has having a flavour profile of syrup, pear, and oak spice with a lingering finish of violets, orange, and mint. On the nose, the whisky is soft and creamy with scents of caramel wafer, vanilla, and nutmeg.
“What makes Release One so exciting is that we’re giving Rosebank fans the chance to join us on this monumental journey over the next decade, as we revive the iconic distillery,” explains Hughes. “With a chance to ‘bank’ exclusive access to next year’s release, we’re not only inviting them to become part of Rosebank’s legacy, but to become part of Rosebank’s family.” The Rosebank 30-Year-Old Release One is available globally for $2,100 USD.