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Overall rating
89.74/100
votes
23
Whiskybase ID
WB149664
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
22.08.1994
Bottled
01.11.2019
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Barrel
Casknumber
5867
Number of bottles
185
Strength
44.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
UK Exclusive
Added on
23 Feb 2020 8:55 am by lullerskatez
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.90

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Whisky Reviews for Imperial 1994 ElD

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.74 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Straw

    Nose: A lovely, subdued waxiness is apparent right off the bat. There's also a light but somewhat robust olive oil. This is a great profile for a 25 yo matured in refill bourbon wood. With further nosing, I'm also getting a subtle hit of lemon zest--not particularly bright citrus, but it works well here. There's also some nice minerality that's quite welcome. Finally, while I'm not getting much honey, it has sort of a floral feel. That's not to say it's perfumed, but more in line with pollen and that sort of note. The combination as a whole is redolent of a scented candle, albeit nothing over the top.

    Taste: The waxiness combines with some well-refined maltiness to form a pleasant arrival. Given this was bottled at a natural strength of solidly under 46%, I wasn't expecting any heat. My expectations were met as I didn't get any. As with the nose, I'm also tasting some of the bitter, floral-like qualities. While it seemed sort of lemony on the nose, the palate is more like grapefruit (thanks to the bitterness). There's not much more to say, but one shouldn't mistake that for it being simplistic or otherwise deficient. This is naked but impressive malt.

    Finish: The bitter notes stick around for a decent amount of time. It's not at all drying, though, so it works.

    Comments: This is not the flashiest or most beginner-friendly whisky out there. That's not to say it's particularly challenging or difficult like some drams can be (I'm thinking about stuff like young, single cask Benromach, for instance). Rather, it's quiet and classy. You have to give this some time in the glass and pay attention to what it's presenting. Not much is going to punch you in the face. Still, what's there is deftly executed and quite pleasing. It gets there by the skin of its teeth due to being a little narrow and shy, but it's good enough at what it offers to reach 90 for me.

  2. whiskyclick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Really beautiful nose! Creamy, waxy, sweet, balanced. You can't miss Imperial.
    Palate is also nice, sweet and waxy but there is a bitterness which is disturbing. Finish is short.

  3. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A whisky that can be tamed from the first glass but with character
    • Nose
      Honey precisely dosed, a fairly marked minerality
    • Taste
      It's fresh, we find the mineral profile and a little wood.
    • Finish
      Short, dry, quite surprising. This is what I call an austere whisky, no disturbing aroma but rather an absence of sugar, sweetness, fruit.

  4. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: bright gold, golden reflections.

    Nose: magnificent, a basket of yellow and white fruits. Notes of almond pears, I'm in heaven! A superb fruity nose.
    I was a little afraid that he lacked liveliness regarding TAV, but not at all. A few touches of spices, a little citrus.

    Palate: succulent, delicious, we still ask for it, can be drunk very easily, even if the 44 degrees are still felt, it's not flat. The fruits are present, but also accompanied by a certain roundness with almonds, vanilla notes, even frangipane.

    Finish: medium on the almond pear tart.

    Comment: a treat!

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Angus on WF rates this a 90: http://whiskyfun.com/#210320

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