Imperial 18 Years Old (casks 50288+50289)
Speyside single malt scotch whisky
46% ABV, £42.52 for 70cl
What they say:
An un-chillfiltered Imperial single malt, bottled by the lovely folks at Signatory. Taken from two hogshead casks filled in September 1995 and emptied in April 2014. 742 bottles of whisky from this closed distillery were produced.
Distilled 18th September 1995 and matured for 18 years in Hogsheads 50288 & 50289 this was bottled on the 16th March 2014 and produced 742 bottles at 46% ABV.
What I say:
Dram #2 from Thomas McEntee’s Imperial Tasting for the Water Of Life Society held on 12th March 2015. Again an Un-Chillfiltered Signatory bottling from 1995 but this time matured for 18 years in a pair of Hogsheads.
Straw gold (6/20), numerous medium tears
Woodier than the 16yo this had toffee oak, cereal barley malt, vanilla crème brulee, brown sugar, fruity apple, orange, heather honey and tarte aux poires/pear tart with a hint of almond essence
Creamier, vanilla, custard, crème brulee, caramel oak wood, cereal barley flour and grist, slightly over-oaked perhaps, zesty grapefruit, sour citrus or citric acid, sour lemon barley sugar sweeties, spiced ginger, slightly pickled
Medium-long finish, zesty citrus fruits and a more mealy gingerbread
I found this expression a little deeper in body than the 16yo comparator, showing signs of the extra ageing with much more oak wood influence and a slight shift to more acidic fruit flavours