Imperial 1989 27 Years Old (Càrn Mòr)
If you really want to drink and own whisky from a lost distillery, Imperial is probably your most affordable bet. Although the one we try today, the Imperial 1989 27 Years Old from Càrn Mòr, is a tad more expensive than other Imperial I’ve tried.
We’ve seen many Imperials released in recent years. However, most of them have been from the vintage 1995. Highlighted by a lovely fruitiness, these Imperials have grown in popularity, but haven’t yet developed a cult following like Littlemill has.
Imperial 1989 27 Years Old (43,9%, Càrn Mòr, C#2892)
Nose: Fruity (stewed apples, pear skin, galia melons) with a touch of ozone and wet pebbles. Just a whiff of wood shavings.
Taste: Sultanas, but also caramel glazed red apple, vanilla and subtle lime juice. Slightly chalky too, accompanied by oak. Finally some licorice and nutmeg. Pretty gorgeous, if you ask me.
Finish: Lingers on spices, before returning to a more fruity finish. Medium in length.
Wonderfully balanced and fruity, and somewhat reminiscent of mature Clynelish, sans waxiness. Thanks for the sample, Harmen!
Photo: The Whisky Barrel
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.