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Imperial Single Malt Scotch Whisky


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Speyside
1897
The Ballintomb Burn
Pernod Ricard
Mothballed 1998
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+44 (0)1340 810276
 
Imperial distillery was built in 1897 by Thomas MacKenzie. When MacKenzie died in 1915, the distillery was taken over by a group of customers James Buchanan, John Dewar and John Walker. This same group of men went on to form the association under the name Distillers Company Ltd ten years later. With a shaky start and history Imperial distillery started production in the summer of 1898 only to close a year later for over 20 years. Production did recommence in 1919 after World War I but, again, for only six years. It closed between 1925 and 1955, but the malting floors still remained in use during this time. The distillery was rebuilt in 1960, and its production capacity was doubled in 1965. Imperial fell silent during the 1980's. It was purchased in 1989 by Allied Distillers who, after some work, reopened the distillery in 1991.

Imperial single malt is almost exclusive to independent bottlers such as Gordon & McPhail who offers a vintage edition. Although there was limited release of a 15 Year original bottling. The majority of production went to the blending industry, mainly for Teachers, Long John, Ballantine's and Old Smuggler. It has been mothballed since 1998.
 

Imperial Tasting Notes


Imperial 1990 Sherry Finish
Gordon & MacPhail.
Colour: Yellow-gold.
Nose: Spicy aromas, chocolate and fruit cake, hint of nuttiness.
Taste: Creamy, sherry and rich fruitcake flavour. Hint of wood.
Finish: Fruity. Sultanas and raisins.

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Imperial Bottlings


Imperial offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Imperial 15 Year Old Original Bottling Limited Edition.
  • 1990 Sherry Finish Gordon & MacPhail.
  • 21 Year Old 1982 Fino Sherry.
  • There are a number of independent bottlings available with various finishes and vintages from top whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange.

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