Imperial 16 Years Old 1995 (casks 50324+50325) ~ 46% (Signatory Vintage)

Imperial 16 Years Old 1995 (casks 50324+50325)

Speyside single malt scotch whisky

46% ABV, £39.95 for 70cl

Score: 86/100


What they say:

From Signatory’s Un-Chillfiltered range, this Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged for 16 years in hogsheads 50324 and 50325 before bottling on the 24th August 2012. A release of 739 numbered bottles. Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt Nose: Beeswax, cut hay, honey and toffee apples on the nose with notes of dried flowers and oak. Palate: Rich, malty and spicy with notes of aniseed and toffee, waxy honey, oak, potpourri and butter. Finish: Spicy, slightly herbal and malty. ImperialSV1995s

What I say:

Kicking off Thomas’ Imperial Tasting for the Water of Life Society (held on the 12th March 2015) were a pair of Signatory Vintage Imperial whiskies from their Un-Chillfiltered range. Both expressions were distilled in 1995, the first was matured for 16 years in a pair of Hogsheads before bottling at 46% with an outturn of 739 bottles, this being #138


Straw gold (6/10), numerous slow/fine tears


Sweet honey, vanilla cream, crème brûlée, coconut, custard, bourbon-cask/vanilla essence, cereal barley malt, fruity peach and pear, brown sugar, prickly/spirity


Sweet honey and vanilla, a little zesty orange oil, cereal barley malt, caramel oak wood, brown sugar, vanilla crème brûlée, hints of zingy fresh root ginger


Medium length, zesty thick cut Seville orange marmalade and cereals


This had a lovely aroma and nose, on the palate this was a little zestier and fruitier than I was expecting but was fairly accomplished. Signatory’s non chillfiltration and decision to bottle this at the weightier 46% has definitely paid off, with water or filtered I expect this would be a little too thin and astringent. Very nice! I really enjoyed this starter.

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