Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask Strength Collection (51.0%, Signatory, HH #50154, 257 Bottles, 2016)
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Imperial Distillery
- Bottling: Signatory, Cask Strength Collection, Cask 50154
- ABV: 51.0%
- Cost: £81.21
- Score: 90/100
What they say:
Distilled on 21/08/1995 at Imperial Distillery and matured for over 20 years in Hogshead 50154 before bottling on 19/01/2016 at cask strength of 51.0% producing 257 bottles at outturn.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Honeyed malt, buttery pastry, sweet spice and a touch of chocolate lime.
Palate: An agreeable toffee’d palate with some orchard fruit and mixed peels in support.
Finish: Oak with a hint of smoke.
What I say:
A sister cask to our last Imperial review Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) distilled on the same day but matured for a little longer, this has a slightly darker hue and a little more depth.
Bright and refractive amber gold (9/20) medium-sized round droplet tears leave medium-fine legs
Rich polished and lacquered wood, highland toffee, fudge, pastries and biscuits, sweet malty cereal barley, egg custard, a touch of solvent – marker pen, dusty and floury, sawdust, zesty fresh lemon and lime, apple and perfumed blossom
Highland toffee, butterscotch, fudge, crème brulee, crème caramel, oily buttery and thick on the tongue, a zesty citric lemon and lime and touch of white pepper and cinnamon spice develop but wrapped in all-butter croissants, pear tarte tatin and pain au raisin all drizzled/glazed in thick honey.
Medium, toffee-rich sweetness, candied peel, sawn oak wood and wisps of wood smoke
Another beautiful single cask Imperial from Signatory. This is much more balanced than the last with an equal weighting of spirit and cask influences. Truly luxurious in feel and a good depth of woody sugars mix to evoke some wonderfully complex flavours. Delicious!