I did hear from an industry insider, that the source of the casks for Carn Mor is different to most independent bottlers. The quality is meant to be higher and that tends to be why they are slightly more expensive than other indies. I haven’t really seen any evidence from that in terms of taste, although I’ve only had a few, but it has made me curious to try more from their celebration of the cask range.
Imperial is a closed distillery that we are seeing less and less from. There were a lot of casks from 1995 that have made it out into the world, but not much from before that, making this one quite intriguing. Especially as I’ve always found Imperial to taste older than its years anyway.
Imperial 1989 Carn Mor 43%
Nose: Classically Imperial, dunnage, dusty fruit, lovely tropical Old Laphroaig-like pineapple and cinnamon, candied lemon peel, more herbal as it develops.
Taste: Dry, lots of oak, classy leather and tobacco, then the tropical pineapple and mango, wool, woody, slightly musty orange (in a good way).
Finish: Long length. Dry, wool, apple and orange, a little elastic rubber (which is a shame!) holding it back.
12/1989-07/2017, so 27yo from a Bourbon barrel. A lovely Imperial but the finish is just a bit out. The strength works though, despite looking quite low.
Average Score: 79.7
Distillery Ranking: 10th/64 places
Up/Down: 17>10- Up 7
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