Falkirk-based single malt Rosebank Distillery has completed initial distillation runs after 30 years of silence, with cask no. 001 now maturing.
It marks a major milestone for the Ian MacLeod-owned distillery, which began its restoration in 2019.
The new distillery has retained the format of the original production plant, with blueprints of original stills found and used to recreate the shape and characteristics of those from the original distillery.
New worm tub condensers have been installed replacing the original ones, aiming to impart a special element of the Rosebank distillation process and yield a heavier style of spirit withess copper contact during vapour condensation.
The landmark chimney has also been repaired centering the distillery.
Malcolm Rennie, Distillery Manager at Rosebank, said: “We’ve known all along the magic and majesty that Rosebank retains, and you can really feel this come to life as we start up production once again and fill the first cask with the new Rosebank Spirit, Cask No. 001.”
“We’ve assembled a fantastic distillery team and there is excitement among us all as we complete our first distillation runs.”
From 2024, the distillery will offer a world-class visitor experience for Rosebank fans around the world, with the finishing touches being applied to a series of amazing spaces across the historic site.
The final key element of the final part of the build is a two-storey car park ensuring the local community are shielded from visitor parking needs. The car park could allow more than 50,000 whisky visitors to visit the highly anticipated attraction each year.