Closed & demolished
Pernod Ricard Group
1,600,000 litres (mash size 11.56 tonnes)
Not open to public
Carron, Morayshire, Scotland AB38 7QP,
Imperial only produced whicky for 45 years of its 115 year history. There are few bottlings and there has only ever been one official bottling, a 15 years old expression from Allied Domecq. Imperial's production was used for blending rather than bottled as a single malt. Consequently, Imperial has a rarity that makes it an interesting malt for collectors.
In October 2012, Pernod Ricard, the owners of then mothballed Imperial Distillery announced plans to build a new malt whisky distillery, Dalmunach Distillery, on the site of the old distillery which had sat mothballed since 1998.
The Imperial Distillery site lies in the hamelt of Carron amongst pine forests 60 feet above the River Spey, off the A95, past Diageo's Dailuaine Distillery and not far from the town of Aberlour.
One of the reasons for the distillery originally being built in this location was its proximity to a railway line, but like many other local branch lines this closed in the late 1960s and the disused Carron railway station sits as idle as the adjacent distillery. The former railway is now a long distance footpath called the Speyside Way.