MacKillop’s Choice – Cask strenght
Distilled :21/12/90 – Bottled : March 2013 – Cask number : 11972 – Alcool : 57,90 %
The single malt was commercialized only once, then he was bottled from time to time by independent bottlers.
Michael Jackson, Whisky expert, did designated Imperial to be one of the unknown pearls of Speyside.
The style of this Whisky is usually acidic and powerful, sometimes slightly smoked.
La distillerie Imperial
À Carron, près d’Aberlour, en face de la gare, se dresse la distillerie Imperial. Le trajet d’une ancienne voie ferrée est suivi aujourd’hui par le Speyside Way, un chemin de randonnée qui traverse la vallée.
Imperial est une distillerie au passé mouvementé. Ses périodes de fermeture comptent pour autant que ses périodes de production.
Après une nouvelle fermeture en 1985, la distillerie fut rachetée par Allied Distillers en 1989, et fonctionna de nouveau jusqu’en 1998. En 2000 finalement, Imperial fut définitivement fermée.
Les amateurs amoureux du whiskyd’Imperial, sous-estimé et rarement embouteillé, ont eu le plaisir, ces dernières années, de découvrir quelques embouteillages indépendants.
Michael Jackson, expert du whisky, l’a désigné comme l’une des perles méconnues du Speyside.
The Bottler : MacKillop’s Choice
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours.
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.
But why can we find as many distilleries in that area? As it was hardly accessible in the past, Speyside used to provide a good protection for distilleries that were usually illegal at that time. Later, when the railway was introduced and the roads were improved, the region still had the required infrastructure to interest investors. Besides, it met all the necessary conditions for whisky manufacturing, which are water, peat and barley in quantity.