Built by Thomas MacKenzie, it coincided with Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee which was no doubt an influencing factor when naming the distillery.
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 but, again, for only six years. The construction of Imperial
differs from other Speyside distilleries as it was built of red Aberdeen brick with an iron beam and pillar framework to make it fire resistant.
Imperial closed during the 1980s. It was purchased in 1989 by Allied Distillers who, reopened the distillery in 1991. It was mothballed in 1998.
Colour: Pale gold.
:Nose: Fresh and delicate with a subtle hint of light esters. A pronounced
toasted malt nose develops and some fresh ginger lingers.
Palate: Mouth warming with a rounded sweetness. A subtle mulled fruits
influence develops. Very smooth and creamy.
:Nose: Fresh and fragrant - hints of fresh orange peel and citrus fruits. A
gooseberry note comes to the fore.
Palate: An initial hit of aniseed. A delicate peppery edge develops and a
sweetness is present.
Finish: Long and warning
Cask Type(s): First fill Sherry butts