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Imperial distillery was built in 1897 by Thomas Mackenzie. When Mackenzie died in 1915, the distillery was taken over by a group of customers James Buchanan, John Dewar and John Walker. This same group of men went on to form the association under the name Distillers Company Ltd ten years later. With a shaky start and history Imperial distillery started production in the summer of 1898 only to close a year later for over 20 years. Production did recommence in 1919 after World War I but, again, for only six years. It closed between 1925 and 1955, but the malting floors still remained in use during this time. The distillery was rebuilt in 1960, and its production capacity was doubled in 1965. Imperial fell silent during the 1980's. It was purchased in 1989 by Allied Distillers who, after some work reopened the distillery in 1991. In 1998 in was mothballed by then owners, Pernod Ricard.

Distillery: Imperial
Region: Speyside
Established: 1897
Status: Closed (1998) Demolished (2013)
Proprietor: Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers)
Stills: 2 wash stills, 2 spirit stills
Capacity: 1,600,000 liters per year
Water Source: Ballintomb Burn

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