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Imperial Whisky


Imperial Speyside Whisky

The Ballintomb Burn rises in the Mannoch Hills before running some two and half miles to the Imperial distillery, not far from the village of Aberlour. The decidedly colonial-sounding Imperial was named for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897; construction having commenced that same year. Thomas Mackenzie founded the Imperial. The distillery was designed by the prolific architect Charles Doig.

The distillery lies in Moray, an eminent whisky region, though aesthetically the whisky distillery bares little semblance to its distilling neighbours; Imperial is made of Aberdeen red brick and utilizes an iron framework to protect the buildings from fire damage. Production was halted for two decades following the Pattison Crisis. Imperial reopened in 1919 following its acquisition by a group headed by Distillers Company Limited three years prior.

Closing once more in 1925, Imperial did not reopen until it was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers in 1955. The maltings were upgraded a decade later with the addition of a Saladin box. Two further stills were also installed. The distillery had been closed for four years when Allied acquired it in 1989. Allied renovated Imperial and reopened it in 1991. It was mothballed in 1998 and passed on to Chivas Brothers in 2005 following their acquisition of Allied. The distillery remains woefully silent to this day, though there are, however, several independent bottlings and an official expression - a fifteen year-old.
  • Imperial 15 years Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46% Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Item no.: 505956-807534-893
    Distillery: ImperialAge: 15 years Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky Alc. strength: 46 % 70 cl. Other: Old version bottled by Allied Distillers
    • 1pcs.
  • Imperial 1979/1998 Gordon & MacPhail 19 year old Single Speyside Malt Whisky 43%
    Item no.: 22227865438-1979v
    Distillery: Imperial 1979 Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail Vintage: 1979/1998 Age: 19 years Type: Single Speyside Malt Whisky Cask number/type: Alc. strength: 43% Number of bottles: Other: Old Version - Closed distillery. White Banderole 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.
  • Imperial 1995 The Ultimate 19 yr Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
    Item no.: 5055522225-887412
    Imperial 1995/2014 The Ultimate 19 years Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky 46% Distillery: ImperialVintage: Distilled: 21/08/1995 Bottled: 08/12/2014 Age: 19 years Type: Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky Cask number/type: Cask no. 50168 / HogsheadAlc. strength: 46% Number of bottles: no. 78 of 319 pcs. 70 cl.
    • 1pcs.