1995 Imperial 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Signatory" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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This is the fourth (and final) cask of 1995 Imperial single malt whisky we've purchased from the Signatory warehouse, and we've definitely saved the best for last. The now-demolished facility will never make spirit again, so consider this cask one of the last goodbyes for a whisky we've come to love dearly over the years. Closed in the late 1990s and wiped completely off the face of the earth in 2013, each drop of Imperial consumed means there's that much less left in the world. The first sip is a like butterscotch and biscuits with an earthy resin note and a light coating of vanilla. Fans of Clynelish will love the waxy, floral, and soft fruited nature of the malt. Fans of Bunnahabhain will recognize that ghostly texture and hint of honey on the finish. Fans of higher proof whiskies will appreciate the drinkable and natural 49% ABV. You don't need to add water. It's perfectly proofed right where it is. Enjoy it while it lasts because this will be the final hurrah for this beloved series of single casks, one upon which we've built a number of adoring customers.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2016 | Send Email
I am glad that K&L can offer a cask of Imperial. The Imperial selections that I have tasted have always pleased me with their easy drinking enjoyment. This 1995 Imperial has an inviting nose with floral and honey notes. In the mouth it offers floral , honey and subtle mixed fruit flavors that are rounded out with a nice creamy mouth feel.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2016 | Send Email
Drinking this bottle of 20 year old Imperial is a bittersweet experience of history. Because this distillery no longer exists every sip means a little less of this scotch in the world, however it is too good not to sip on. Butterscotch, some caramel and a little earth here showcase the complexity of a beautifully made and aged bottle of whiskey. There is an almost waxy texture that pairs with the citrusy and floral notes here. Drink this bottle of history and enjoy every drop.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
Gentle and fresh. Bright citrus tones and a delicate creaminess. There is a sweet herbal note as well, like a great Chinon from the Loire. Not overt green pepper, but a hint of something green, a little sweet, a little savory. The distillery may be lost forever, but the malt will not be long forgotten. This is the perfect holiday gift for the whisky drinker who has everything.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
This gorgeous cask of Imperial was bottled just 10 days before it's 21st birthday. This casks shows off that wonderful old school quality that Imperial has, less on the fruit that previous casks have and more on the big mineral note. Almost austere on the nose before water, it could be a high end riesling from a far. With water, more fruit, yellow plums, sweet herbs, sea beans. BIG sweetness coming out on the palate after water, more plums and lemon rind. A monster of a malt, that loves both air and water and proves that you don't need a big cask influence to get world class whisky. This is magic, totally in love.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
If you're someone who's interested in tasting whisky from one of Scotland's many "lost" distilleries, don't let your hunt for Port Ellen and Brora distract you from this remarkable Imperial. Once owned by Pernod Ricard, the distillery was demolished a while back to make room for a new distillery called Dalmunach: a new state-of-the-art facility with all the bells and whistles. While I'm sure the new whisky will be delicious, it's pretty tough to beat this 20 year old Imperial, especially if you like Clynelish with that waxy, oily, lemony core that's wrapped in sweet malt goodness. A fitting goodbye to a lost friend!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
Perhaps the most complex of the recent Signatory bottlings but requiring more "study" than the more quaffable, instantly lovable Linkwood. Here I get subtle iodine hints, salt, dry malt, baked bread then some floral, honeyed, richer notes come through as it warms in the glass. At 20 years of age the vessel is more evident here than the primary malty characters. The evolution of this whisky is beautiful and captivating. Enjoy.

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Alcohol Content (%): 49.1