Silhouette of castle on  a lake

The Imperial Tribute legend was born 2,000 years ago when the proud Ninth legion of the Roman Army were defeated by the fiercely independent men of Caledonia. Sent north to conquer, the Legionís route to the coast lay through Speyside, now Scotlandís whisky heartland and from which some of the astonishing old malt whiskies used in Imperial Tribute are drawn.

Some way east of the Spey valley the Caledonians fought the Ninth Legion to a standstill and the Romans retreated south of where Hadrians Wall now stands. The design of the label depicts the capture of a Roman standard by Scottish Lions rampant in celebration of the Caledonian success almost 2,000 years ago.

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