Imperial 1997 62.7% vol Gordon & Macphail Cask Strength 70cl

Imperial 1997 62.7% vol Gordon & Macphail Cask Strength 70cl

Key Info

Type Single Malt Scotch
Country Scotland
Region Speyside
Distilleries Imperial
Bottler Gordon & Macphail
Vintage 1997
Strength 62.7%

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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.

Body: Medium

Finish: Long and warning

Cask Type(s): First fill Sherry butts