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Imperial

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 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.7%

Though the Imperial distillery is no longer standing, we can still enjoy its whisky with the help of indie bottlers like Càrn Mòr. This bottling of Imperial Single malt was drawn from a bourbon…  More info

Imperial 28 Year Old 1989 (cask 1675) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$308.83

Imperial 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 2892) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43.9%

Single malt from the closed (and demolished!) Imperial distillery, aged in a bourbon barrel for 27 years. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled in June 2017 by Càrn Mòr. There's only 200 of these,…  More info

Imperial 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 2892) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
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Imperial 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 2472) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 50.5%

An indie Imperial single malt - another exciting release from The Single Malts of Scotland bottling range. This one was distilled in April 1997 and aged in a bourbon barrel for 21 years, before being…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1997 (cask 2472) - The Single Malts of Scotland
$143.11

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 51.8%

Indie Imperial! This is a Mackillop's Choice bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single cask from December 1990 and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 230 bottles.…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 12314) - Mackillop's Choice

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This is an Un-Chillfiltered Imperial from Signatory, distilled in October 1995 and aged for 17 years in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled in 2012... This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 1997 (bottled 2017) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

Single malt from the dearly departed (and demolished) Imperial distillery, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. This particular expression was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2017 as part of the Distillery…  More info

Imperial 1997 (bottled 2017) - Gordon & MacPhail
$110.03

Imperial 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 2891) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43%

An indie Imperial single malt, drawn from a single bourbon barrel! This 27 year old whisky was distilled back in December 1989 and bottled in July 2017 by Càrn Mòr as part of the Celebration of the…  More info

Imperial 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 2891) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Imperial 1990 (bottled 2001) - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

This rare bottling comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection - it's an indie Imperial single malt, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2001 following a finishing period in Sherry oak. An…  More info

Imperial 1990 (bottled 2001) - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$242.20

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%

Whisky from a closed distillery, independently bottled by Signatory! This comes from the Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$89.41

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.8%

20 year old single malt from the Imperial distillery, which was laid down in two hogshead casks in September 1995 and drawn from said casks in June 2016. It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50262 & 50263) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Imperial distillery. It was distilled in 1996, 2 years before they shut their doors for the last time, and bottled in…  More info

Imperial 1996 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
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Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in October 2016. It was…  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1995 (casks 50246 & 50247) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%

Distilled in 1991 at Speyside's Imperial distillery. Bottled in 2006 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Imperial 1991 - Gordon and MacPhail

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

70cl, 43%

An 18 year old from the now silent Imperial Distillery. Part of the highly regarded Chieftain's Choice series from Ian MacLeod.  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old - Chieftain's Ian Macleod)

Imperial 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.3%

This was distilled at Imperial on the 24th June 1982, aged in refill sherry butt number 3973 for 27 years and bottled by Signatory on the 8th April 2010. A release of 649 numbered bottles.  More info

Imperial 27 Year Old 1982 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

An 11 year old from the now mothballed Imperial distillery. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their NC2 range (non chillfiltered and non caramel coloured).  More info

Imperial 11 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

Distilled in 1997, this 13 year old Imperial was bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured single malts (NC2).  More info

Imperial 13 Year Old 1997 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at the Imperial distillery in 1995, this was aged for 15 years in two hogsheads. Bottled in 2011, a release of 737 bottles.  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 15 year old Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged in two hogsheads (numbers 50320 and 50321) before bottling on the 12th September 2011. A release of 703 numbered…  More info

Imperial 15 Year Old 1995 Casks 50320 & 50321 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered range, this Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged for 16 years in hogsheads 50332 and 50333 before bottling on the 24th November 2011. A…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53%

A splendid Imperial 16 year old, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is non-chillfiltered and cask stregth, a nicely structured sweetish dram.  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 35 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled in October of 1976 at the Imperial distillery in Speyside. It was aged for 35 years in a refill butt and bottled in October 2011 at higher-than-usual bottling strength. Delicious…  More info

Imperial 35 Year Old 1976 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.8%

A beautiful hogshead-matured, cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial. This was distilled on the 9th October 1995, it was then aged in hogsheads 50322 and 50323 before…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.3%

Distilled at Imperial in 1995, this was aged for 16 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their fabulous Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller "octave" casks for added pep and zing (also…  More info

Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.8%

The Imperial distillery has had a turbulent path over the past few decades. In 1989 the distillery was closed to be reopened two years later, then in 1998 it was mothballed again. Fortunately…  More info

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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