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The most famous and probably oldest independent bottler, from Elgin, Gordon & Macphail, have released quite a few Imperial. This one was bottled almost ten years ago and bottled under their RESERVE label. Have you seen the ABV? Wow.
The nose of this Imperial is quite different from the other two I have just tried. A lot less fruity. I get a truckload of vanilla, but unfortunately also some wet cardboard. That evaporates quickly, to be replaced with some apple and even strawberry. Yep, the longer you leave it, the better it becomes. Adding water makes the vanilla drown out the rest.
It is nice and creamy, but very feisty. The alcohol burns rather sharp. Again apples, but also something musty that I cannot quite put the finger on. As if it was poured from a tin can. Pity. Water takes the edge off, but flattens the palate too much.
The finish offers nothing new, but is very warming (or is that the outside temperature during this Indian summer?).
I have had my doubts about this one. The nose was ok, after the evaporation of the cardboard. But other than that, it is a let down. I tried it three times to be absolutely sure. But in the end, my conclusion is that I do not like it. Around 44 EUR.