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July 11, 2013


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Two summery Imperial and a challenge

I’ve decided to write my 9,000th tasting notes exactly when WF will be 11 years old (it’s good to have goals in life, isn’t it) but I’ve been a little too prolific in recent weeks and that’s why I’ll slow down and only have two whiskies at a time until the end of July. So stupid… Anyway, today it’s two Imperials.

Imperial 17 yo 1995/2013 (50.3%, Liquid Sun, refill bourbon hogshead, 291 bottles)

Imperial 17 yo 1995/2013 (50.3%, Liquid Sun, refill bourbon hogshead, 291 bottles) Four stars Colour: white wine. Nose: perfect fruity and fresh start, very ‘Imperial’ but without too much complexity. So yeah, it’s rather and easy/sexy one, with even touches of roses and perfume. And pineapples, oranges, apples and maybe litchis. Very, very easy – which is good in summer, of course. Much more vanilla after a few minutes. With water: more of same, just even easier. Mouth (neat): well it’s one of these super-easy middle-aged Imperials, with even a sexy tropical side, in a way. I’m meaning coconut and pineapple, probably from active American oak. Easy and good, sometimes even a little liqueury. With water: insanely easy, it’s pure fruit juice, with just a little sweet tea thrown in. Easy-sexy indeed. Finish: maybe a notch short but so clean and fruity… Comments: don’t leave this anywhere near the children. SGP:651 - 85 points.

Imperial 17 yo 1995/2012 (53%, Whisky-Doris, 10th Anniversary, hogshead, 132 bottles)

Imperial 17 yo 1995/2012 (53%, Whisky-Doris, 10th Anniversary, hogshead, 132 bottles) Four starsColour: pale gold. Nose: I had feared this baby would be just the same whisky as the Liquid Sun, it’s not. There’s more vanilla cream, more fresh butter and more acacia honey in this one, and almost none of those nice perfumy touches. Yet, I also seem to find a little mullein (syrup or eau-de-vie). The ever reliable Wikipedia says that’s Verbascum Thapsus. Maybe also a little yoghurt/yeast, which works pretty well. With water: as often, both whiskies converge once diluted. Provided you’re using the same water of course ;-). Mouth (neat): sweet and rounded and extremely easy. Fruit liqueurs aplenty, with just a few spices such as nutmeg and white pepper. You have to be careful when tasting this kind because it goes down without notice. With water: same, sweet, easy, fruity, just a notch rougher than it’s sibling (hints of green oak). Finish: same, easy, not very long, clean, sweet, fruity… Comments: I like this one just a wee notch less, but not enough to come up with a lower score. I should at a ‘-‘ after the score or use halves, but that would be… arrr, er… SGP:651 - 85 points.

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