Duncan Taylor & Company has ownership of one of the largest privately-held collections of rare scotch whisky casks. The company has been “laying down” casks from premium Scottish distilleries for decades and has, in recent years, made its branded products available to whisky connoisseurs throughout the World.

Duncan Taylor has its origins in Glasgow where the company was initially a merchant and broker of Scotch Whisky casks within the Industry. Devotion to the principle of providing only the finest casks to be filled at Scotland’s leading distilleries has been a key feature of the company’s history and this tradition of building an outstanding portfolio of only the finest scotch whiskies is being maintained to this day by the current owners.

When the company moved its headquarters to the North East of Scotland, close to Speyside – Scotland’s largest whisky producing region – it also took the decision to focus on the production and marketing of its own brands and to cease the “brokering” of whisky in cask form to Distillery companies and Independent bottlers.

Imperial distillery was established in 1897 in the Speyside region and demolished in 2013. The majority of the whisky it produced was used for the blends, but there were a few official bottlings in the 1990s. Presently, the only way to find out what this great whisky was like is through an independent bottling such as this one.

Imperial 17yr is a part of Duncan Taylor’s Dimensions collection, which offers rare whiskys from 10 to 39 years of age. Each whisky is a single cask, cask strength bottling, un-chill filtered, and of natural color. Imperial 17yr was distilled in May 1995, and bottled in November 2012 from cask #50059 at 53.5% alc./vol.

NOSE: Oak, spice, melted butter, vanilla, tea, marzipan.

PALATE: Creamy, honeyed barley, butterscotch, vanilla, black pepper, milk chocolate.

FINISH: Long, spice, ginger, hint of nutmeg.

Limited availability.