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Imperial 1995 SV

Overall rating
88.59/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB54575
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
21.08.1995
Bottled
24.4.2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
50147
Number of bottles
289
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Asta Morris Belgium
Market
be Belgium
Added on
08 may 2014 3:35 pm by Banzai
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 320.00

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Whisky Reviews for Imperial 1995 SV

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.59 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ninth

    I can hardly believe that I missed this one at the time of release, but it is true. A bottling of a closed distillery – Imperial – bottled in 2014 for none other than Crazy Bert and his company Asta Morris. Fortunately, my friend Benny VDB had bought a bottle at the time and it was still not empty 7 years later and was therefore able to provide me with a sample. Hurrah! Because today you’ll need about 300 EUR if you would still like to buy a bottle.

    Delicious, mineral and waxy nose on all kinds of citrus fruit. Think lime, mandarin and candied orange peels, on a bed of mint. Turkish Delight, honey and pebbles. Hint of vanilla pudding and chamomile tea. A bit old school and absolutely delicious. Wow!

    Great mouthfeel. Slightly waxy, although less than the nose announced. And then... oh! Blissful taste profile. Very mineral with hints of tropical fruit (kiwi, mango and pineapple) supplemented with apricots in their own juice and mandarins in syrup. Nice touch of slate and gently seasoned on ginger and licorice. Very tasty and my heart breaks again that I did not buy this bottle at the time.

    The finish is medium to long with the return of the chamomile tea and some soft oak.

    Only my ninth Imperial on almost 6,000 tasted whiskies. What's wrong with me?! Thank you, Benny!

  2. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Hint of tropical fruit and caramel toffee, fresh ground pepper in the palate and finish. Blast from the past "old school" whisky, classic profile.

  3. tribe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Ah yes imperial .. Green apple and citrus, a bit grassy and malty, very pleasant. Something like oranges or apricots, more apples and sandalwood
    • Taste
      88 88
      Has a slight smoke and a my leather, otherwise good wood apricots, some apple, pepper and wood. Solid
    • Finish
      87 87
      A little more peppery and woody

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very good Imperial a typical spicy fruitbomb
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Callo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Tasting note by Ruben Luyten, whiskynotes.be  (08.05.2014)

    Nose: nice entrance on aromatic orange peel, which unfolds towards tangerines and lime. Apples, mint. After a while also hints of marzipan and vanilla. Some honey. After some time it adds marshmallows and waxy notes as a bonus to an already convincing nose. Mouth: while you could say the nose showed a rather generic bourbonny Speyside profile, this definitely takes it up a notch. Sweet and rounded, with a slightly tropical side and plenty of fruit liqueurs. Coconut and pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Tinned apricots. These waxy notes again and a few gingery touches. Cinnamon. Maybe a chalky note. Lovely, and it goes down way too easily. Finish: medium long, still fruity with some green oak and a hint of fruit tea.

    Simply a very good Imperial and certainly the best 1995 I’ve had so far. On the palate this is really 90+ material. If only the nose were a little less predictable. 

    One of my favourite Asta Morris releases so far – recommended. 

  7. Ivynor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Superb Imperial, I did not expect that. The best I have ever tasted.
    • Nose
      From the first second, the nose is full of sights. It is thick, greedy, on the baked cake, the almond cake, a little wax, and all balanced by a nice freshness of fruit (cherry plum, fresh plum), and citrus zest
    • Taste
      Creamy texture, good sugar balance. Alcohol well integrated. We find here more honey, wax than nose, and also cooked cake, yellow fruits, citrus zest and dried flowers. Finely salted touch
    • Finish
      Long, on yellow fruits, wax, honey, heather, a little white pepper

  8. jocmueller scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color gold

    Nose: starts very fruity, passion fruit, slightly alcoholic, grassy, ​​wax

    Mouth: also here a great basket of fruit, strong onset, but not unpleasantly alcoholic, very refreshing, also here the wax

    Finish: After a long time, after which the wax disappears, the fruits remain in the mouth for quite a long time, before they slowly make their way from the field

    Conclusion: Blind I would probably have typed on a Clynelish, great fresh malt without any mustiness with beautiful fruit and waxy notes, a fine example of why we Imperial will sooner or later miss

  9. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Witmanzz scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and fruity whisky!
    • Nose
      fruity, waxy, green apples, vanilla and cream. Sweet aroma.
    • Taste
      sweet notes, fruity, waxy, tropical fruits-pineapple, vanilla and cream.
    • Finish
      medium long, fruity and waxy

  16. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This one was the final dram in Usquebaugh Society BTC 2014 competition and is a delicious and it felt a lot like old Clynelish. Full review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2014/12/23/whisky-review-imperial-1995-signatory-cask-strength-collection-for-astra-morris-usquebaugh-society-btc-2014-18/

  17. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #18

    guessed this to be +20 years old Clynelish/Brora
    • Nose
      citrus, very waxy, grasses, oily, butter and shortbread
    • Taste
      oily, malty, lemon, a hint of smoke and very fruity - tropical fruits
    • Finish
      medium drying with soft spices - cumminseed, fruity and vanilla 

  18. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It certainly has its flaws, mainly the weird cheese note. I don't think any of the other contestants in the Blind Tasting Competition this was tasted in agreed on the cheese thing. But I've tasted it twice a couple of days apart from each other. Both time the cheese appeared. But it is still a good whisky.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, white fruits with apple and pear but also some orange. Honey, wet rocks, minerals. And also a nice waxiness. The nose can be a bit too alcoholic, but is otherwise lovely well-rounded.
    • Taste
      Waxy, white pepper and slight bitter. Orange, lemon, grapefruit. Maybe a chalky note, also some cinnamon. It tastes rather old. And it has something weirdly cheesy.
    • Finish
      Apple, stewed pear, salmon and again the weird cheese thing.

  19. turfsmurf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. This is a very nice and rather fruity dram with a small medicinal surprise in the finish. Dangerously drinkable, but don't drink it too quickly because it takes some time to fully develop the flavors.
    • Nose
      Give it time and it becomes rather fruity. Strawberry, orange, banana. Not real fruits but like candy flavoring. A bit of pine resin.
    • Taste
      Spicy, with wood influence and cereals. After a while the ripe fruit flavors become more apparent in the taste as well. Mostly oranges now. A small medicinal hint appears in the taste after half an hour. Not disturbing, it makes the whisky more complex.
    • Finish
      Lingering wood spices and a very light medicinal touch.

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample in BTC2014. 89/90.

    When comparing the remainder of the sample to two other '95 Imperials from Signatory (50292 and 50143), the smokiness in this one is suddenly much more apparent. It's also more waxy, especially compared to cask 50292. I like it a bit better than that one, but not 25-euros-more-expensive-better. Half a point I'd say.
    • Nose
      Honey, white chocolate, beeswax, vanilla, caramel, apricot, brown sugar, plum, leather, marzipan, oak, lime and a whiff of smoke. Whipped cream which gets stronger and stronger.
    • Taste
      Beeswax, vanilla, lime, mango, caramel, orange, white chocolate and smoked ham. With a few drops of water even more waxiness and some cream.
    • Finish
      Beeswax, caramel, lime, vanilla, mango, oak and smoke.

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. Banzai scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Rated 89/100 by Ruben from Whiskynotes.be.

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