Rare Rosebank bottle could whisk Denny man away on holiday

Jim McGregor with the haul of Rosebank whisky he recently uncovered
Jim McGregor with the haul of Rosebank whisky he recently uncovered

The article about rare Rosebank whisky which appeared in last week’s Falkirk Herald may have helped pay for a local couple’s holiday.

After Jim McGregor read the story about the rare, and potentially very valuable, bottles fetching a pretty penny at auction in recent months, he decided to go on a hunt in the nether reaches of his house in Bridge Crescent, Denny.

Jim said: “After reading the article in the Herald I said to my wife I used to buy Rosebank years ago. I remembered I still had some up in the loft and after a good rummage around I couldn’t believe I actually found 14 bottles of Rosebank.

“Every one was bottled by a different company – one has the Rosebank green bottle with three stills on the label.

If it hadn’t been for the Herald article they probably wouldn’t have been found until after I was long gone, so thanks for that.

“I’ll try and sell them and see what I get – who knows we may get a wee holiday out of it.”

Jim joined scores of collectors, publicans and plain old punters like you and I who began raking through long forgotten cupboards, lofts and cabinets after online experts Rare Whisky 101 claimed the lowland malts concocted at Camelon’s former Rosebank Distillery, which closed in 1993, had been setting the auctions alight this year.

A spokesman for the organisation said they were urging people to seek out these money-spinning spirits before they were drained this Hogmanay. At the start of the year a bottle was sold for a more than reasonable £1750.

The Wheatsheaf Inn, in Baxter’s Wynd, Falkirk is one of the fortunate public houses in the area to have its very own commemorative bottle of Rosebank whisky.

Publican Alex Black and bar supervisor Gemma Walker were kind enough to let photographer Michael Gillen get a quick look – under supervision of course – at the rare object last week.

Experts called Rosebank one of the top ten best distilleries in the world when it was at its peak.

Built by James Rankin in Camelon on the banks of the Forth-Clyde canal in 1840, the distillery was one of the founding members of the Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd.

It was refurbished in the 1860s and took over the maltings and other outbuildings of an older distillery across the road.

The distillery site was sold to the British Waterways Board in 2002 and the number six warehouse became the popular Rosebank restaurant.

Visit www.rarewhisky101.com for more information.