Imperial has had something of a stop-start history. It was founded in the town of Carron in central Speyside in 1897 by Thomas Mackenzie, who also had a share in both Talisker and Dailuaine (Carron's other distillery). Imperial was initally built as a second distillery for Dailuaine, and the name 'Imperial' was to commemorate Queen Victoria's ... Read More »
A 1995 vintage whisky from Imperial, now closed and almost certainly soon to be demolished. This was distilled on August 21st, matured for 18 years in a pair of hogsheads and then bottled on 2nd January 2014 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection.
A 1995 vintage Imperial from legendary independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd as part of their Berry's Own Selection range. The distillery closed for the first time in recent history in 1985 and this bottle was produced when the distillery reopened for a short time between 1991 and 1998, since when it has again been mothballed.
A 1990 vintage Imperial released by independent bottler Mackillop's. Distilled on December 4, it was aged for 23 years before being bottled at cask strength in March 2014. This was distilled just as the distillery reopened following a four year closure, only for it to be mothballed again in 1998 and officially closed two years later.
A 1990 vintage Imperial from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old & Rare series. Distilled in October 1990, this was aged for 23 years in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2013.
The second ever cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Imperial distillery in Speyside. This was distilled in October 1979 and bottled 11 years later in July 1991. The distillery closed firstly in 1985 and, despite a brief reopening in 1989, shut down for good in 1998.