Founded in 1897
The Imperial distillery was located just next to Aberlour, in the Speyside region. It was founded by Thomas Mackenzie in 1897, and named in honor of the Royal House. Charles Doig was the architect of the distillery.

In 1898, just 18 months after the distillery opened, it was closed due to the Pattison Crisis. In 1919, the distillery reopened. It was bought by Distillers Company Limited, and owned through a dual partnership of Dewars and Johnnie Walker.

By 1925, DCL had a total control over the management. But it closed its doors again twice, in the 1920s and in 1985. In 1998, the distillery was mothballed and in 2013 Pernod Ricard built the Dalmunach Distillery on its site.

Six large washbacks of 56,500 liter capacity were installed on site. Two 18,500 liter wash stills and two 20,500 liter spirit stills were installed. The unpeated barley was floor malted, until a Saladin's Box was introduced in 1965.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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What does Imperial taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Imperial Scotch. It's based on all Imperial drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Imperial before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Pernod Ricard
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Status
  • Address
    Imperial Distillery Carron Moray AB38 7QP United Kingdom
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A royal crest was emblazoned on the kiln of the distillery, a reminder of Royal Family.

Warehouses still remain on site, even though the distillery was demolished.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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