Imperial

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask Strength Collection (51.0%, Signatory, HH #50154, 257 Bottles, 2016)

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask Strength Collection

Whisky Review

  • 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

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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.

Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) – Cask Strength Collection

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.

Colour:

Bright and refractive amber gold (9/20) medium-sized round droplet tears leave medium-fine legs

Nose:

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

Taste:

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.

Finish:

Medium, toffee-rich sweetness, candied peel, sawn oak wood and wisps of wood smoke

Overall:

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!

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