Imperial 18 Years Old 1993 Distillery Labels (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2011)
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 43% ABV, ~ £45 for 70cl
- Score: 87/100
What they say:
Colour: Golden amber.
WITHOUT WATER: Nose: Initially creamy, perfumed and fresh. Followed with hints of fudge, cooked fruit, and toasted malt. Palate: Starts off vary peppery with a slight bitterness (dark chocolate) and mouth coating. Followed by some spicy notes with hints of dates and liquorice.
WITH WATER: Nose: Fresh with hints of perfume and potpourri (fresh flowers). Vanilla and toasted malt elements linger. Palate: Continues to be peppery with hints of paprika. A Creamy bitterness with hints of coffee beans and dried fruits (figs).
Cask Type(s): 1st fill Sherry Butts.
Whisky Style: Speysider – fresh and flavoursome
What I say:
Dram #3 from Thomas McEntee’s Imperial Tasting for the Water Of Life Society held on 12th March 2015. From the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels range is this Imperial expression distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2011 after ~ 18 years maturation in 1st fill sherry butts. A slightly younger version of the Imperial we tasted here: Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 ~43% (Gordon & MacPhail)
Dark copper/ruby amber (11/20), quick/fast flowing medium sized tears
Orange zest, supple new leather – like at shop ready for crafting, zesty and fruity citrus, jelly babies, lemon, orange, raspberry, strawberry a real fruit mixture – but still refreshing and individually identifiable within that mixture.
Zesty and creamy, orange oil, smooth and creamy vanilla, brown sugar, lemon and orange segments/jelly slices (the kind I associate with Christmas time) grapefruit zest, caramel and toffee, butterscotch and fudge, oak wood
Medium length, zesty fruit mellows into caramel oak and butterscotch
Fruity and zesty, this sherried Imperial expression had the potential to be my favourite of the tasting, on serial dramming however I noticed a tendency for a little eucalyptus oil and menthol to creep into the finish though it wasn’t strong enough for me to find it unpleasing.