Whiskey Review: Two Imperial 1995 vintages— 17 and 23 years

Imperial 17 1995 Signatory Vintage / 46% / $160

Another Signatory Imperial from the ‘Un-Chillfiltered Collection’, which usually releases at 46%, so unfortunately not cask strength. This Imperial is 17 years old, distilled on 21.08.1995 and bottled 15.03.2013 from Hogsheads 50129 and 50130, bottle number 237 of 793 total.

  • Nose: lighter fluid, acorns, raspberry, mojito, and burnt rubber
  • Taste: thick & oily texture; grassy butter, fish-cakes, tabasco, dessert tart, gunpowder
  • Finish: very long, vanilla icecream, a little oak

Imperial 23 1995 Elixir “Old Highland Malt” / 48.2%

This Imperial is a bit mysterious — it’s a 23 year old, single cask, and that’s all that we know from the bottle. For Japan market.

  • Nose: heather, cream, drying whitelime, apricot
  • Taste: buttermilk, almond-tofu dessert, salted cripsy bacon; pears
  • Finish: long, oak and sweet crème brûlée

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Elliott

Elliott

Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade