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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)
$304.17

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
$140.95

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
$108.37

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)
$238.54

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 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)
$88.06

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 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 48%

20 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor range. This is a 1995 vintage, meaning it was distilled a few years before the…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 515463) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Independent bottled single malt from the closed Imperial distillery, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled in September 1995 (a few years before Imperial closed its door for the last time) and…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50248 & 50249) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%

An Imperial single malt Scotch whisky from Signatory's impressive Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in 1995 and aged in two hogsheads for 20 years. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50254 & 50256) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 56.1%

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries range, which of course focuses on whiskies from distilleries which have sadly shut their doors, comes an 18 year old single malt from the Imperial…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)
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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

An independent Imperial here, bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in September 1995 and aged for 20 years until February 2016, when it was bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50242 & 50243) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51%

Single malt Scotch whisky from a distillery that was closed for 60% of its century or so long history. (Imperial is now one of the many sadly closed distilleries of Scotland.) Filled back on 21st…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%

Part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, this 20 year old single malt from the closed and now demolished Imperial distillery comes from two consecutive hogsheads. Distilled on 18th September…  More info

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (casks 50224 + 50225) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.1%

A Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Imperial Distillery, which was mothballed in 1998 and has yet to reopen its doors. This whisky was distilled in…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.5%

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Imperial distillery (the site of which is now home to the Dalmunach distillery). This was drawn from three hogshead…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 50217, 50218 & 50219) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and left to mature in refill Sherry casks. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Distillery labels series, which…  More info

Imperial 1995 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

70cl, 55.1%

From the Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries independent bottling range comes a 17 year old Imperial single malt scotch whisky bottled without chill filtration at natural cask strength. It was…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (bottled 2013) - Closed Distilleries (Part Des Anges)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%

17 year old whisky from the now-closed Imperial distillery. Part of the prestigious Directors' Cut range. Distilled in October 1995 and bottled in February 2013, the outturn was just 99 bottles!  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 9527) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.6%

Did this independently bottled Imperial single malt Scotch whisky catch your eye? We don't blame you - it's a 19 year old single cask release from a closed distillery, bottled by Signatory for their…  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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