The penultimate bottle in the Rosebank Roses series, Unity – the sixth entry – is again a combination of bourbon and Madeira casks, specially selected to add layers of sweetness and spice to the classic Rosebank Lowland grassy meadow character. A look back in time to a style of whisky no longer produced in Scotland and which is, like Rosebank itself, much missed.
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The Rosebank distillery was situated in Camelon on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Its name originated after the roses which grew along the side of the canal.
Rosebank was once considered one of the premier lowland whiskies but United Distillers mothballed the distillery in 1993. The reason given for the mothballing was that its effluent treatment would have required a £2m upgrade in order to comply with European standards of the time, this did not make it commercially viable. At the time of its closure, it still retained many historical features in the production of the whisky.