Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 Distillery Labels

Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 Distilery Labels (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2014)

  • 43% ABV,
  • £58.95 for 70cl
  • Score: 89/100


What they say:

A 1995 vintage whisky from closed (although rumours are abound of its resurrection) Imperial, bottled by Gordon & Macphail with a retro distillery label.

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What I say:

Dram #2 from WOLS tasting 14/3 ‘Age is only a number’ is this sherry-matured expression from the now closed Imperial Distillery in Speyside. Distilled in 1995 and bottled 2014 we were guessing at around 19 years old (so 5 years younger than the 24yo Miltonduff)


Red gold


Sherry influence, red fruits, strawberry, raspberry, tannic suede leather, wine gums, sweet sugar syrup


Waxy and subtle this had a little cereal barley malt and then a lot of strawberries and cream, fruity but sweet and jammy not citric


Long sweet and fruity (no sulphur or tannins here) almost dessert-like


This is a beautiful Imperial expression from G&M, lightly sherried so that the fruits carry into the creamy maltyness of the Imperial spirit with only a hint of tannins on the nose. One of those whiskies that surprises you and gets better the more you explore.

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