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Imperial Distillery
Morayshire AB34 7QP
+44 1340 810 276

Owner: Pernod-Ricard

Creation year: 1897

The Imperial distillery has been founded in the year of the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897 by Thomas MacKenzie, who was share holder of Talisker and Dailuaine.
At the death of its founder in 1915, a group of customers (James Buchanan, John Dewar and John Walker) took over the distillery, before creating an association ten years later, under the name of Distillers Company Ltd.
Reopened in 1919 after World War I, the distillery had to close again during long years, between 1925 and 1955, but the malting floors remained in use.
The distillery has been rebuild in 1960, and doubled its production capacity in 1965.
It became ownership of Allied Distillers in 1985. The Imperial distillery is in activity again since 1989. It's single malt is exclusively available at independent bottlers. Gordon & MacPhail offers a vintage edition.
The production is intended to the blending industry, specially for Teachers, Long John, Ballantine's and Old Smuggler.

The distillery was demolished in 203 and a new distillery is built on the site: Dalmunach.



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