About Imperial Whisky Distillery
1 600 000 litres
Thomas Mackenzie, who already owns Dailuaine and Talisker, founds the distillery helped by architect Charles Doig. The distillery’s name hints at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee this year.
The distillery is inaugurated in the summer and is administered by Thomas Mackenzie’s company Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Limited.
The Pattison whisky crash forces the distillery to close.
Imperial is bought by Distillers Company Limited (DCL), Dewar’s, Johnnie Walker and W. P. Lowrie.
The distillery becomes fully owned by DCL and closes again although the maltings remains active.
Imperial, now administered by Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD), reopens.
The number of stills is doubled from two to four and a Saladin box is installed for malting.
The distillery closes.
Allied Distillers buys Imperial from United Distillers and starts refurbishing.
Once again in operation.
Imperial is mothballed.
Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard) become new owners through the acquisition of Allied Domecq.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde