No, it's not about the British Empire, the name goes way back further to when the Romans had a go at organising the poms and the celts.
Ever read anything about the Eagle Of The 9th? A great tale about imperial over extension.
So, meet Mike Collings, ex Diageo heavyweight, responsible for the introduction of the Distillers range, Walker Blue Label and the scandalous Loch Dhu amongst other things to the whisky world. Now he's turned his hand to creating his own unique style of malt.
Imperial Tribute is a blended single malt, mainly sourced from Speyside and is a melange of 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old malts with a good dose of sherry oak in the medley.
And the taste? Sublimely rich, balanced and oh, so very long. The alcohol keeps it lively and there's enough kitchen spice and dried fruits to keep you intrigued. The finish is lingering barley sugar, ginger and a distinct dryness.
And best of all? You get to personalise the bottle and the certificate at no extra cost! So as a luxury gift for Christmas or just for your own private collection, Imperial Tribute is a gem.