Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Jul 2014 3:58 pm by maverick6462

Average value

€ 185.00

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Whisky Reviews for Imperial 1995 GM

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.82 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On Whiskybase there are only three Imperial recorded releases in 1993 and fifteen in 1994, all independent bottles. On the other side there are seventeen and twenty three expressions submitted for years 1996 and 1997 respectfully. Im not sure what happened in 1995 but it seems it was Imperial’s first and last flourish before the curtains were drawn - like the last great bloom from a mature blossom tree living it’s final season. For the year 1995 there are no less than 183 expressions acknowledged on WB, again all independent bottlings. Demolished in 2013 [to make way for Dalmunach], Imperial didn’t actually make any whisky after 1998. This is only my fifth Imperial and i’m delighted.
    N: This is right up my street with it’s dry fruity-grape maltiness more than akin to a light-yet-leathery toffee Inchgower with notes of plump raisins peppered in fine sawdust.
    T: Again, a little winey which is no bad thing here. I fear the body may be a little thin and watery, but no, it holds its form well. Thankfully wasn’t bottled at 40% otherwise it may have struggled to come through fully. Develops on a delicious light raisin-maltiness.
    F: That raisin-malt is joined by some soft fruity [banana] acetone.
    C: Very nice but immediately overshadowed by the excellent Inchgower that I’m passed, from the same supplier. WB

  2. MacArthur scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting old single malt. In my memory I had the terms earthiness and cemetery flowers in connection with this distillery.
    The terms may not fit so well, but the malt is unusual and very complex. It has its sweetness and a certain heaviness. He gives me an extra point for its low availability ... Yes, very complex, cemetery flowers are also included, you could also say botanical garden.

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Beguiling nose, weak finish.

    Imperial, known for ripening in cask casks and rather of a light character, shows itself here as a typical summer whisky.
    There is already a reason why Littlemill found a lot of followers posthumously and this is rather not to be observed at Imperial.

  4. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N 21 P 22 F 21 B 21

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    My first Imperial. Why did they stop making this?
    • Nose
      Light, bright, delicate.

      Full of sweet yellow fruits.

      Hint of grassy notes, a little honey and some spice.
    • Taste
      Wonderfull waxy, almost fatty mouthfeel on arrival.

      First impression is that of a semi sweet white wine.

      Grapes turned to raisins in my mouth. More spice develop, followed by milk chocolate and more fruits.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, still retaining some of that waxy feel.

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet! Tropical fruit, some banana, caramel. Also raisins, vanilla. And spicy, pepper
    • Taste
      Very light tingling, raisins, bit bitter too, grapefruit, and orange
    • Finish
      Light peppers still, raisins, again bitter, grapefruit. Mid-long, some spicy too.

  10. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82


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