Saturday, April 28, 2007
Imperial 15yo Distillery Bottling
I am a huge fan of all things "Imperial" I am talking about the whisky obviously and not the soap! So when I saw an open bottle of this 15yo I had to try it. Good to see that it is bottled at 46% but by the colour I wouldn't be surprised if there is a wee splash of caramel in it. Top marks must also be given to the label design - which I would say probably merits a place in the top three of crap labels - only defeated by the hideous new Tamdhu labels and the probably worse Battlehill labels from Duncan Taylor!
Nose: Straight from the bottle my suspicions of caramel are confirmed, however this soon passes. Initially quite dry on the nose - smells youthful - malty with a touch of toffee. The burnt toffee not again grows given time.
Taste: Quite thick, more toffee notes becoming creamier with a touch of spice and also slightly bitter notes.
Finish: Finish is fairly short and quite uninspiring.
Comment: Not as fresh and vibrant as most Imperials I have tried, not a bad dram just pretty unmemorable.