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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 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)
$85.12

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
$234.82

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 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.5%

A beautiful cask-strength malt from the classic Speyside distillery Imperial.  More info

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

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 - 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 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 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 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 (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)
$112.82

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.8%

A 17 year old from the now-closed Imperial distillery matured in a single hogshead and bottled by Signatory at natural cask strength. 265 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50131) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.9%

A rare Imperial from Signatory, a single cask whisky presented at natural cask strength. Closed Distillery Magic.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (cask 50329) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

The whisky for this Signatory Un-Chillfiltered release was distilled in 1995 during the short period of time when the Imperial distillery was open in the 1990s. 759 bottles were produced.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 50138+50139) - Un-Chillfiltered  (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)
$112.82

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.1%

Duncan Taylor have bottled this single malt whisky from the Imperial Distillery for their Dimensions range of cask strength whiskies.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 17 year old Imperial distilled in May of 1995 and aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in May of 2012. This is a single cask release from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range, and there are…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.5%

A very tasty, 17 year old Imperial, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. This was finished in smaller "octave" casks, and the result is additional spice and complexity.  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

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...  More info

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

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This is a very fine, malty Imperial from the Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in October 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was then bottled in November…  More info

Imperial 17 Year Old 1995 Cask 9270 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.5%

An independent bottling of Imperial single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery may be demolished, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the malts they produced while they were open! This one was…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50137) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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