Imperial

Imperial 23 Years Old 1990 Old & Rare ~ 57.9% (Hunter Laing)

Imperial 23 Years Old 1990 Old & Rare Platinum Selection

Speyside single malt scotch whisky

57.9% ABV, £230 for 70cl

Score: 88/100

Imperial23yo1990HL

What they say:

A 23 year old single malt from the dearly departed distillery, Imperial. Distilled in October 1990, the whisky matured in a single sherry butt for 23 years before Hunter Laing came along and bottled 302 bottles of it for the Old & Rare Platinum selection.

Whisky sweet Christmas Pudding on the nose with sherry toffee and vanilla notes. It is initially sweet to taste with sherry-soaked sultanas and raisins. A long, satisfyingly sweet finish with a touch of sherry wood.

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What I say:

The 6th and final dram from Thomas McEntee’s Imperial Tasting for the Water Of Life Society held on 12th March 2015. This Imperial expression was distilled in October 1990 and matured a full 23 years in a sherry butt, producing 302 bottles at cask strength of 57.9% ABV at outturn in November 2013.

Colour:

Full amber gold (10/20) light and fast tears with oily trails

Nose:

Vanilla crème brulee, brown sugar, musty woody oak and dunnage warehouses, fruity apples, tropical mango, pineapple, toasted coconut and ginger nut biscuits

Taste:

Zesty ginger root, slightly spiced, pineapple fritters in syrup, fruity apple and mango, heather blossom honey, caramel and toffee wood, becomes slightly ascerbic, antique polished oak, polished walnut cabinet and spun sugar

Finish:

Long, rich woody oak and brown sugars, pineapple fritter in syrup persists with a little nuttiness

Overall:

My favourite expression of the tasting, some deep rich woody sugars in this on display its age well. The sherry influence is subtle but persistent and the fruitiness has definitely gone over into the truly tropical section. Just wonderful!

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