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