Imperial Speyside Whisky Distillery
Rumoured to have been named Imperial by Thomas Mackenzie in recognition of the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in the same year (1897) Imperial was founded. Thomas Mackenzie was the owner of Dailuaine another Speyside distillery. Just one year later it became part of Dailuaine Talisker Ltd which Thomas Mackenzie owned. This was really bad timing as the Pattison of Leith crash happened the same year and Imperial was mothballed not to re-open until 1925 when new owners DCL started to produce whisky again. Scottish Malt Distillers took over in 1955 and invested in Imperial increasing the stills from 2 to 4 in 1965. Imperial was again mothballed in 1985 before being taken on by Allied Distillers in 1989. You can guess what happened next, yes again mothballed in 1998.
This start-stop tradition seems to have no end and drinks giant Pernod Ricard picked up the baton after purchasing Allied in 2005 and whisky production kicked off again at Imperial.
Taste: Most say the single malt whisky produced tends to be fruity with the 15 year old having a light smokiness.