The Imperial distillery was demolished in 2013 to make way for Chivas Brothersí space-age, highly efficient and rather beautiful Dalmunach distillery, which was completed in August. What a pity, as Imperial was capable of producing some of the best whisky in Speyside. Its problem was that you either made lots or none at all, due to its immense stills. However efficient the new distillery is, it defies belief that a distillery that could produce whisky of this quality should be demolished. I hope someone bought the old stills with a view to setting up a new distillery at some point in the future. In the meantime, Imperialís malt is still easy to find. So, what are you waiting forÖ..?
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Warm apple cake. Rich and juicy. Bananas. Slightly smoky.
Palate: Rich and voluptuous. The sherry isnít so strong as to hide the citrus and fruit underneath. A healthy nip of oak to accompany the vanilla and citrus finish.
Finish: Creamy. Juicy. Oaky. Tar. Blue licorice disks. Mint toffee with coconut and vanilla on the finish.
Retails for around £70