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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 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 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%

A bottling of a 19-year-old Imperial single cask malt by Lorne Mackillop, who is descended from one of the survivors of the massacre of the Mackillop Clan at the hands of the english redcoats in 1745.  More info

Imperial 19 Year Old 1990 (cask 11966) - Mackillop's Choice

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 11974) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 58.4%

The closed Imperial Distillery in the Speyside region produced this single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly aged for 23 years (from December 1990 to March 2014, if you're wondering). It was…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 11974) - Mackillop's Choice

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

70cl, 43%

This whisky is from the moth-balled distillery of Imperial. Although the distillery is currently silent, independent bottlers such as Signatory have bottled previous stock for your delectation.  More info

Imperial 21 Year Old 1976 (Signatory Vintage)

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 57.9%

Bottled in March 2013 by Mackillop's; this 22 year old Imperial is ready to colonise your collection. Matured in bourbon cask 11972.  More info

Imperial 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 11972) - Mackillop's Choice

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (Thompson Bros.)

70cl, 53.1%

This single malt was distilled at Speyside's sadly silent Imperial Distillery back in 1995, and spent over two decades in a bourbon barrel. After 23 years, Thompson Bros. independently bottled the…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (Thompson Bros.)

Imperial 30 Year Old 1989 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 52.8%

Lost distillery alert! This indie single malt was distilled at Imperial back in 1989. After three decades of ageing in a bourbon barrel, it was bottled in 2020, just seven years after the distillery…  More info

Imperial 30 Year Old 1989 - North Star Spirits

Imperial 1991 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

Another rare and exciting bottling from Gordon & MacPhail, this time featuring whisky from the closed Imperial Distillery! This whisky was distilled in 1991 (it had been shut during the 1980s, but…  More info

Imperial 1991 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

Imperial 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 7861) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54%

From The Single Malts of Scotland independent bottling range comes an exciting example of whisky from a closed distillery – specifically, this one was distilled by Imperial back in 1995, a few years…  More info

Imperial 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 7861) - The Single Malts of Scotland

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