Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Imperial 19yr

Mashtun notes:

Well this is our 100th review and it’s flown in!! Thanks to everyone for their support and for visiting the site!

This is also our first Imperial review and in our opinion it’s one of the most under rated distilleries out there. This whisky was distilled in 1995 and since then the distillery has been demolished with a new one being put in its place by the Chivas Brothers. Right from the off the nose had a lot going on with hard candy, boiled sweets, oak, butterscotch, fruits (including watermelon!) tarragon, and slight savoury notes. The palate had vanilla, citrus, Parma violets, lavender, and raspberry syrup. The finish was medium in length with sweet citrus flavours and a hint on lavender before ending on a slightly bitter note. The colour was similar to white wine and the texture was smooth, light, and oily. Air brought out more dark fruit flavours as well as herbs on the nose. We didn’t add much water but a drop from the pipette did mellow the nose and bring out herbal notes on the finish.

This is one of those drams that kept changing the more we drank it. The good news is that none of these changes were for the worse. It’s extremely interesting and does have a lot going on. Having said that it somehow manages to stay well balanced at all times. This was a nice surprise to us and if you are looking for something different and interesting then give it a go – we did and were suitably impressed!

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

This 19-year-old Imperial was aged in a pair of hogsheads. Distilled on 21 August 1995, it was matured in a pair of hogsheads before being bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection on 3 February 2015.

 Notes: 46% ABV – Non-Chill filtered and around £50 per bottle at time of tasting.

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Nose:

Hard candy, boiled sweets, perfume, and oak

Palate:

Sweet citrus, floral notes, vanilla, candy sweetie cigarettes, lavender, and Ribena!

Finish:

Sweet citrus finish

Colour:

Pale

Texture:

Oily

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Mellows nose and brings out Parma violets on finish

Overall comments:

This is a really interesting dram from Signatory and I really liked it. Lots going on here from a great distillery that’s very under rated, Sweet, citrusy, light, and a fantastic summer dram.

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Nose:

Oak, savoury notes, bourbon, tarragon

Palate:

Raspberry syrup, Parma violets, I get more from the palate than the nose

Finish:

Pleasant dark fruit aftertaste, prominent lavender note, slight bitterness

Colour:

Pale yellow

Texture:

Smooth and creamy

Air:

Air seems to bring out the dark fruit flavours

Water:

Doesn’t need much

Overall comments:

This is a dram with quite a specific flavour profile: it’s all about the dark fruits, esters and lavender flavours. Very nice

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Nose:

Butterscotch and vanilla with a little lemon and even a hint of watermelon

Palate:

Lemon and citrus with hints of lavender

Finish:

Medium finish

Colour:

White wine

Texture:

Light and smooth

Air:

Brings out leather, vanilla, and herbs on the nose

Water:

Brings out more herby goodness!

Overall comments:

This is a great dram that changes with both air and water. Very interesting, and great to drink.

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