Imperial Distillery, Speyside March 2011

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mr_bones

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With a lot of exploring so far in 2011 I thought it would be a good idea to start writing up some of the adventures from earlier in the year. A roadtrip that saw British summertime in, was a 2000 mile round journey to Scotland with Lost, RichardB and V70 as guides.

Despite being the last site on the 5 day roadtrip, I have decided to publish Imperial Distillery first as it was a really varied, challenging, interesting and unique place to explore.

Imperial Distillery was established in 1897 and was last used in 1998 when it was mothballed. It is a vast site, and thanks to Lost knowing his way around, we saw a lot of the older buildings and equipment as well as the main still room. Unfortunately the site has suffered a large spate of copper theft, destroying the stills and forcing the owners to take new security measures!

To celebrate this explore, Lost laid his hands on a small bottle of whisky from the distillery in a local off-license.


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yeh its a stunning place when we went with Mr button presser Lost :lol::lol::lol: such a shame its been damaged like this nice set of pictures:) hopefully the owners are taking better care of the place.
 

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Thanks mr bones, I enjoyed that, it looks a good explore it’s a shame that the scavengers got at it but it seems from your pics that there’s still a lot left for them to steal, one of those times that I hope their security is good.
 

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Nice work Mr Bones, those stills are pretty amazing. And it's pretty amazing they are still (fairly) intact.
 

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Nice to see this place again :)

What's happened to the stills though?! :mad:

Land Pirates?

It seems that way, it looks like they busted a door open on the side facing the road and distillery cottages and got away with several tons of copper.
There's CCTV now.
 

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Excellent pictures. :)

I think the damage to the stills has sealed its fate, if it wasn't sealed already.
 

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amazing pictures man looks like a real good explore. :exclaim:
 

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The water is quite clear but it has an oily sheen. I'm not sure what the tank was for, possibly for overflow.
 

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Good to see the malting part back open again, I thought that was aas good as the distillery.
 

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