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Rosebank Celebrates Reopening With Oldest Whisky Yet, Rosebank Vintage 1989

Rosebank Vintage 1989

Following a four-year restoration process, Rosebank Distillery has officially reopened and is celebrating with the launch of its oldest ever whiskey, Rosebank Vintage 1989

Just over three decades after closing its doors, Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk has officially reopened. To celebrate the moment, the Lowland brand has launched its oldest whisky yet, Rosebank Vintage 1989.

The 33-year-old distillery exclusive is from the oldest year of the legacy stock. On the nose, the single malt Scotch whisky offers tropical fruits, vanilla, oak, white grape, melon, cake, pineapple, custard, maple syrup, and hints of liquorice. The palate delivers bright lemon, peach, menthol, coriander and pepper.

“Such a grand occasion calls for an exceptional whisky, and our Rosebank Vintage 1989 is just that,” says Emma Oakes, Blender at Rosebank. “We have had the unique opportunity to assess each of the rare Rosebank casks that have survived since the distillery’s closure in 1993.

‘It was clear from the start that our 1989 casks, the oldest in our archive, would be perfect to create this incredibly special dram to toast to the revival of such a well-loved distillery.”

Bottled at 47.5% ABV, just 650 bottles of Rosebank Vintage 1989 will be made available and are only available at the distillery. They are priced at £3,200 ($4,070 USD) each. 


After securing an £80 million ($105m USD) refinancing package to support the revival of the closed Lowland whisky distillery in 2017, Ian Macleod Distillers spent four years restoring the site. The new site features both modern updates and old features from the distillery, which can trace operations back to 1798. Visitors can enjoy three different toursL Rosebank Reawakening, Rosebank Rekindled and Rosebank Revered.

“This is a huge moment for the people of Falkirk and the global whisky community,” explains Stuart Hendry, brand homes director at Ian Macleod Distillers. “It has been an absolute pleasure watching Rosebank reawaken, with its original, unique distillation methods now sitting at the heart of inspiring new buildings that respect the original setting. The sense of pride that the people of Falkirk have in Rosebank is very much felt by all of us at Ian Macleod Distillers and to be custodians of such an iconic distillery is a dream come true. Opening the doors today to visitors marks another historic chapter in the incredible story of Rosebank and we are excited to welcome whisky lovers from around the world into this incredible cathedral of distillation.”

For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.

Last year, Rosebank officially restarted production and began aging cask no. 001.