Another whisky review coming at you today. It’s from a closed distillery but one of those ones that’s closed relatively recently and so is still relatively available.
If you hadn’t heard of Imperial Distillery, I wouldn’t blame you. It was defunct for a number of years, only really producing between 1991 and 1998. It was never really available on its own and is only available through the independent bottlers. It was demolished in 2013 and a new distillery was built on the site, Dalmunach.
This is a sample I picked up from FineDrams a while back and is bottled by The Ultimate Whisky Co., who I haven’t seen in the UK but are mostly in Belgium and Holland I think.
Imperial 1995 The Ultimate 46%
Nose: Noses older than 19 years. Dusty fruit, mothballs, dunnage, beeswax polish, old dry wood. Some fresher fruit starting to appear, red apple, soft raisin, some spices too, fresh cut ginger, clove. Liquorice and old homemade limoncello come out after a bit.
Taste: Soft arrival with red apple and fruit, quickly becomes dry with lots of oak and spices, some dunnage, Hessian, then the fruit comes back a bit with dried orange peel but doesn't overcome the spiciness. After some time its softer, lemoncello, very dry old oak, tannins, bitter lemon pith.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Intense spiciness with dry old oak and some old dusty lemon peel.
Bottled at 19yo. Really interesting stuff. Reminds me of Bladnoch or Glen Elgin with the dunnage style. It felt a bit overaged with any water, but neat it was a good example of a more ‘traditional’ tasting whisky.
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