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Imperial 16 Year Old 1995 Archives


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Aug 2012


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My second Imperial is another one from the Dutch Archives label. Imperials is, by the way, the only distillery owned by Chivas brothers that is still closed, now that is has been officially confirmed that Glen Keith will reopen. Let us see if this new Archives release can please the tastebuds.

What a wonderfully clean, creamy and fruity nose! Loads of citrus, mostly oranges, but also banana and peach. Hard pineapple candy. Becomes more and more exotic. Fresh and bright, without losing itself in complexity.

On the palate, it is very creamy and fruity as well. Peach and oranges return, upholstered with lemon zest and liquorice. Slightly peppery. Some kinine. Tonic? Perfectly quaffable without diluting.

The long finish is a perfect continuation of the palate. Slightly drying towards the end.

A very straightforward, no nonsense dram, but oh so good. Around 65 EUR, but long gone.

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