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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 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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$78.93

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
$224.52

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)
$39.92

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 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)
$42.29

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 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)
$44.03

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)
$44.03

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Un-chillfiltered single malt Scotch whisky from the sadly closed distillery Imperial. The two casks used for this release were filled in September 1995 and bottled by Signatory in October 2013,…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50280+50281) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$46.14

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

An un-chillfiltered Imperial single malt, bottled by the lovely folks at Signatory. Taken from two hogshead casks filled in September 1995 and emptied in April 2014. 742 bottles of whisky from this…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 50288 + 50289) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$46.86

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
$47.19

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)
$48.46

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Signatory release of 18 year old Imperial single malt whisky, drawn from two consecutive casks and bottled with no chillfiltering. Considering that the Imperial distillery has been closed since…  More info

Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 (casks 50284+50285) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$50.77

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A vintage whisky from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label range, this 2012 release was distilled in 1994 at Imperial, a now closed distillery, which in fact spent more of the last century closed…  More info

Imperial 1994 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$51.24

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Have you been sorely missing the Imperial distillery since it closed? Well, lucky for you, independent bottlers still manage to get their hands on their whisky and release it for all to enjoy! This…  More info

Imperial 18 Year Old 1995 (casks 50286+50287) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$53.07

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)
$56.68

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)
$64.98

Imperial 16yo 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.80%

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 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)
$65.84

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

70cl, 57.80%

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

70cl, 55.90%

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)
$67.09

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

70cl, 55.50%

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

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

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

70cl, 54.80%

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)
$71.35

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)
$77.11

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

70cl, 52.50%

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)
$77.92

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