This is very good. Beautiful multilayered nose, fruity, fresh, herbal and floral. A palate that delivers, spicy but not too much, rich, with the Cognac finish providing notes of grapes. Did that change the Imperial whisky characteristics much? I honestly don’t know, this was my first Imperial ever. But most importantly, is it good? Oh yes it is, very. Worth £150? Not sure. But the £115 on offer? Yes.
The nose is fruity with fresh banana, melon and lemon juice. Mint tea aromas give out a fresh bitterness, completed by the very sweet smell of toothpaste for kids and the herbal fragrance of eucalyptus. Floral notes of white roses and jasmine.
Spicy, fruity, floral, it makes me think of an edible and peppery flower called “capucine” in France, or nasturtium in Shakespeare’s wordification. Cough syrup, ginger, mint again (almost peppermint), wood, caramel concentrate, with a buttery mouthfeel. I don’t drink Cognac often, but I do retrieve some grape flavours making me think of this double-distilled grape must eau-de-vie that is Cognac.
A medium long finish on lemon, peppermint, with a slight sawdust dryness.