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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Sunday, 24 February 2013

IMPERIAL 1997 - GORDON & MACPHAIL CASK STRENGTH

While at it, I might as well review another Imperial, this time a younger version from bottlers Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin. Also from a sherry cask, this one has taken on more colour the the previous one (reviewed here) in its 12 years in the cask, so a pretty active cask this has been.

As I also mentioned Pernod Ricard will build a new distillery in the site and a little more info can be found here incl. an artists impression on how the new distillery will look.

The G&M Cask Strength series from which this expression comes is rarely a dud, so expect great things from this one...

Wide angle shot of Imperial 26th August 2012 © The Malt Desk

Imperial 1997 (17.11.1997/12.03.2010) 12yo 62,7%, 1st fill sherry butt#4969, Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Series

Colour is light amber

Nose:
Brown sugar, a baked apple note, lovely heavy malt and a hint of Madeira and/or Sauternes wine, whole grain biscuits and an ashy note.

Taste:
Dark grains and fruits, extremely mouth watering at full strength. Nutty and drying, minimal hints of rubber when water is added, which also brings out milk chocolate and dried cigar/tobacco leaves.

What a great dram, this is! Again it's sad this place has been demolished :-(

... and thanks to my good friend for the sample (you know who you are)

88/100!

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