Revived Lowland distillery Rosebank has unveiled a 30-year-old whisky as the first expression in a new series of annual limited edition releases.
The new Rosebank 30 Year Old is a hand selected vintage from 1990, three years before the iconic distillery’s closure.
In October 2017, Scottish spirits firm Ian Macleod Distillers acquired the Rosebank site and the last remaining stocks. The restoration of the site in Falkirk began in November last year, which includes the construction of a 1,000-square-metre, energy-efficient distillery, a visitor centre, tasting room, shop and warehouse.
Once open, Rosebank Distillery is expected to create 25 full-time jobs and attract around 50,000 visitors a year to Falkirk.
A new limited edition expression will be released every year until the first new Rosebank liquid from the distillery is ready.
Robbie Hughes, group distillation manager for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “The first global release of Rosebank 30 Year Old is a truly iconic moment for the distillery. It has matured in 62% refill Sherry butts and 38% refill Bourbon hogsheads for decades, patiently waiting to be awoken, and delivers layers of incredible flavour that you won’t find in other whiskies.”
The non-chill-filtered bottling is marked with the words Release One to mark a new chapter in Rosebank’s legacy.
The first 200 people to scan the QR code on the neck collar of their Release One bottle will be given the opportunity to taste Release Two at their nearest high-end bar or whisky retailer in 2021 and the chance to receive an early link to purchase Release Two before the public.
Hughes added: “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. 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.”
Only 4,350 bottles of Rosebank 30 Year Old will be available to buy globally, priced at £1,600 (US$2,100).
Ian Macleod released two Rosebank single cask whiskies distilled in 1993 through a ballot sale in February this year.