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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 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

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 22 Year Old 1998 (cask 104355) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 52.1%

A rare chance to taste some Imperial single malt! Though the distillery is closed, indie bottlers like Chapter 7 do sometimes get their hands on some of its remaining stock, and they are exciting…  More info

Imperial 22 Year Old 1998 (cask 104355) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

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 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 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 57.9%

A 23 year old single malt from the dearly departed distillery, Imperial. Distilled in October 1990, the whisky matured in a single sherry butt for 23 years before Hunter Laing came along and bottled…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (cask 4190) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.1%

Though the Imperial Distillery no longer stands, its whisky still finds its way to the hands of enthusiasts via indie bottlers! This one is a 23 year old Imperial single malt, distilled in May 1995…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (cask 4190) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single

70cl, 49.2%

A lesser-spotted Imperial single malt! This wonderful Speysider was distilled at Imperial back in 1995, just a few years before the distillery was mothballed in 1998. It was whacked into a single…  More info

Imperial 24 Year Old 1995 - Single & Single
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Imperial 24 Year Old 1996 (cask 3420) - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 54.6%

This right here is a 24 year old single malt from the closed Imperial Distillery, which was distilled back in 1996, a few years before it shut its doors for the last time. This whisky was aged in a…  More info

Imperial 24 Year Old 1996 (cask 3420) - Single Cask Nation

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

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 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 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 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)

Imperial 28 Year Old - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 40.8%

A well-aged single malt from a lost distillery, this whisky was distilled at Imperial before it closed its doors in 1998. It then matured in five bourbon barrels for nearly three decades, and was…  More info

Imperial 28 Year Old - The Single Malts of Scotland

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 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

An exceptionally well-aged release from the now-closed Imperial Distillery! The distillery was sporadically mothballed throughout its history, and was finally closed in 1998, nine years after this…  More info

Imperial 30 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

Imperial 30 Year Old 1990 (cask 7531) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 41.7%

This Imperial single malt has seen a smashing three decades of ageing! Distilled on 5 September 1990, a single bourbon barrel housed the whisky until it was bottled by Càrn Mòr just two days after…  More info

Imperial 30 Year Old 1990 (cask 7531) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

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)

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