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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 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)
$88.32

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)
$239.24

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 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
$108.69

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 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 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
$141.37

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)
$305.06

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)
$220.71

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.)
$173.94

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
$271.86

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
$353.42

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)
$433.85

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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$201.13

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