Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers (MSWD)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask
Stated Age
30 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
41.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 oct 2020 10:23 pm by kyle1989
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 768.36

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30 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Imperial 1990 MSWD

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.81 points.

  1. DermotOwenKelly scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Quite interesting and unusual malt. Surprisingly good considering such low ABV.
    • Nose
      92 92
      citrus, intense apple, quince, sour jelly beans, vinegar
    • Taste
      91 91
      more on the sweet and fruity side, pears, berries, papaya
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium length, apples, tropical fruits

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  3. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: if the malt loses, leave out the water

    Conclusion: an ingenious nose, full, full and complex, unfortunately it can't quite keep up in taste and finish. This malt is again a good reason to deal a lot more with bourbon cask aged malts.
    • Nose
      91 91
      incredibly full and bold nose despite only 41.7%, a large load of yellow fruits, banana, mirabelle plum, yellow plum, ripe floury apple, juicy and slightly woody pear, vanilla, cookie dough, caramel, cooling coconut cream, almonds, herbs, subtle oak and some lemon
    • Taste
      89 89
      lots of yellow fruit, herbs, a bit more wood, vanilla, coconut, subtly oily mouthfeel, but not quite as dense as the nose
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium short, the yellow fruitiness continues, slightly dry wood, some wax on the teeth

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A characteristic bourbon profile, but for 30 years, it seems that it has not been revealed.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Linden flowers, green apple, meadow grass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, with a slight hint of floral acid. Straight and flat.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The aftertaste is sweet and sour, short-lived.

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very fragrant: flowers, fruits, honey, heather, Duchess lemonade, lollipops. I can call it multilayered. The taste contains spicy-sweet notes, lemon pie with ginger. Enveloping long finish. The price is repulsive. 23-22.5-22.5-23

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    The Morrison family describe this as ‘sweet barley sugar with ripe exotic fruits and a subtle waxy texture providing an exquisite finish‘. This release was pre-sold out.

    N: Wowee, that’s splendid: well aged/layered fruity-sweet juice – “in sour sauce“, says Simon – still buoyant yet perfectly fusty. We’ve all the dried flowers and floral teas, apricot chutney, dried honeys,… all the honeys,…. The Swaggers offer up all sorts too.

    T: Blissfully reflective of the nose – “Heavenly”, says Lori – and more honeyed with gentle grassy/heather-savoury-sweet barley,…
    F: ,… into floral fusty malty refill bourbon cask-matured joy. Only slightly woody-dry with a seemingly short edgy finish at first, we see more of those pre-mentioned age-brought joys coming through by the end. It’s just perfect at 41.7% abv. No need to add water. 

    C: I’ve never had a bad Imperial, and nothing about that has changed today. Right up my street. It comes at a cost however – £299!

  7. daverdaz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Meanwhile the third time eaten.
    Now that the malt has been open for a few days, it has developed extremely! The nose alone opened without end.

    Conclusion: if you like Imperial in principle, you will get your money's worth here. The whisky definitely needs some time to unfold, but then with a wonderfully fruity-fresh nose that is reminiscent of 1977 Glenturrets and is absolutely world class.

    For me the 3rd Imperial 30 that I was allowed to try this year next to the Thomsen Bros & The Single Malts of Scotland Bottling. It takes second place, just behind The Single Malts Of Scotland, as it looks even more complex & oily. But they are all at a very high level

    The first time 91 points in my personal ranking, now 92!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Tropical fruits! Physalis, papaya, mint, plus hot lemon with rock sugar. A hint of mentholic freshness also swims with it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The same aromas can be found in the taste. Strong & intense start with a lot of strength, fruit and lemon peel.
      From the character a typical Imperial with a top quality. After the first sip, the malt smells even more intense and almost like perfume!
      Could be a little sweeter for my taste though .....
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, tingling finish with a fine oak flavor


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