"Situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal close to the River Carron, the distillery has the advantage of being near the main road and a coalfield thus enabling it to have cheaply transported fuel. The main reason this site was chosen for a distillery as early as 1817 was because of the inexhaustible supply of water from the Glenbirnie rivulet, a tributary of the River Carron. Like other Lowland distilleries Rosebank operated triple distillation process. It was rebuilt in a modern form in the 1800s and comprises two ranges of buildings divided by the canal. The distillery closed in 1993.
"AROMA without water: There is a flourish of fruity aromas including green apple, pineapple, strawberry and clementine's. Hints of beeswax polish and cinnamon develop and are complimented by floral notes such as fresh lavender.
"TASTE without water: A burst of aniseed and grapefruit flavours with a pinch of black pepper. Orange peel and cloves develop with a hint of oak. Creamy white chocolate builds with a sprinkling of mint.
"AROMA with water: Strawberries and green bananas with fruity sour cherries. Floral notes of heather with a touch of tobacco and white chocolate.
"TASTE with water: Grapefruit along with summer fruits create a delicate sweet and sour balance. Aniseed and tobacco flavours develop. Green apple skin and cucumber adds a fresh influence."
- Distiller's Notes
Region: Lowlands (light and fresh). Lowland malt whiskies tend to be drier and lighter in character, and show few overtly peaty characteristics.